Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dumbest President Ever?

Would it be jumping the gun to declare Barack Obama the dumbest president ever, after only 4 days? Maybe, but his latest observations don't make him look like the sharpest brick in the box:

WASHINGTON -- After his daughters got a snow day Wednesday, President Barack Obama wants to see a little bit of "flinty, Chicago toughness" applied locally.

"When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things," a joking Obama told reporters Wednesday morning.

"My children's school was canceled today because of what? Some ice."

Obama said his daughters -- Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 -- pointed out that school in Chicago is never canceled.

"In fact, my 7-year-old pointed out that you'd go out for recess. You wouldn't even stay indoors," Obama says.

"We're going to have to try some flinty, Chicago toughness to this town."

Malia and Sasha Obama attend Sidwell Friends School, a private school in D.C.

Course, I know he's only repeating things he's heard others say. Many people will repeat the "DC drivers can't handle the snow" urban legend. But look at the chart above. No city in the country has a larger influx of commuters every day. No place else even comes close. (and Chicago doesn't even make the list)

This not only makes for some epic congestion, it also makes it harder for road crews to clear and salt the streets. Do the deciders wimp out when it comes to weather related closings? I don't think so. Pretty much they have learned their lessons the hard way, through bitter (cold) experience.

Tell you what Obama. Convince the city to stay open next storm, and see how it works out. As someone who has learned his lessons the hard way, I'll be in the suburbs laughing at the Portuguese Picnic you create.