It was a toss up yesterday in local Washington media with 3 big stories: The stimulus package passing the House of Representatives, the weather and President Obama’s comments on the weather and DC school closings.
Talk about a sound bite. The President complained during a public photo op about his daughters’ school being closed. He basically called the decisions to close schools a bit wimpy and quoted the resident experts, “As my children pointed out, in Chicago, school is never canceled. In fact, my 7 year old pointed out, you’d go outside for recess in weather like this.”
I can vouch that with less than 2 inches of snow it was the worst driving conditions I’ve experienced in 15 years. It wasn’t the snow, it was the ice and the fact that DC isn’t Vermont. We don’t have equipment, crews or ice to treat the first or last snow flake.
So back to the media. The story was perfect. It had virtually every element that makes for news. Conflict, local color, children, pictures of people falling, car accidents, new guy telling the older residents what he would do, and not much else going on in the news except for a recession. Every TV and radio station had it, talk show phone lines burned up and even the Washington Post chimed in with an icy editorial.
Last week, everyone thought Obama walked on water. This week, he can only slip on the DC ice. PS, the roads last night weren’t much better, but the Obama-kins’ school is open.