President Barack Obama had some words to say about the frozen precipitation that's been closing a lot of Washington DC schools lately…
"Because of what? Because of some ice?" Obama said to laughter around the table. He said Sasha, his 7-year-old, pointed out that in Chicago, not only is school never canceled for snow, "you'd go outside for recess. You wouldn't even stay indoors."
He concluded by saying: "We're going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town. I'm saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things."
Ha ha ha ha. The new president may think that it's funny to make light of "some ice," but I'll bet that a lot of people aren't laughing along with his thoughtless jocularity.
Do you have any idea how many Americans die every year due to ice-related events like car-accidents, hail storms and glaciers? I, personally, do not. But I'm certain that it's in the hundreds. At least. And I think it's remarkably tone deaf of President Obama to be so flippant about such a serious and tragic topic. I am scandalized!
Not that this has anything to do with my being so offended by this, but I probably should mention this just because, ya know? It's not a big deal but I'm gonna be on the radio next week — HearSay with Cathy Lewis at noon – discussing a book that I wrote about the weather which is currently #56 on Amazon's Climatology list.
But, really, that's completely beside the point. Barack Obama should be ashamed!
Tags: Barack Obama, Washington DC, Weather