"Can I make a comment that is unrelated to the economy very quickly?" the new president told reporters at a gathering with business leaders. "And it has to do with Washington. My children's school was canceled today. Because of, what? Some ice?"
For once, I can agree with Obama.
I'm from Chicago, too, and the 6 or 7 winters I have spent here in the D.C. area, I have been amazed at how a little bit of snow or ice shuts this place down.
But doesn't that make me and Obama statists or climatists or some other -ists? We just don't understand.
We just don't understand what it's like to grow up in an area that doesn't have the great abundance of plows and road salt like they do in upstate Illinois.
We just don't understand the barriers that people of this region have had to overcome in getting a sufficient education to make their way along a snowy or icy roadway.
We just don't understand how hard it is to pull one's self out of a ditch when they were unable to successfully navigate a treacherous back street.
We just don't understand how they've suffered the absence of role models who can steer them in the right direction when their rear wheels start fish-tailing in the slush.
Only when a D.C.-area driver wins the Indy 500 in a snowstorm will the real healing begin.