February 10th, 2010
01:22 PM ET
8 years ago

White House white out


Wednesday's snow has many West Wing employees homebound. (Photo Credit: Erika Dimmler/CNN)

Washington (CNN) - While the federal government is officially closed Wednesday, the White House never really shuts down. But because of unprecedented snow and an early morning blizzard warning, even this weather is keeping many West Wing employees homebound.

According to Deputy White House Communications Director Jen Psaki, "thanks to modern technology many people are working from home," including one senior administration official who was providing information on health care reform from the warmth and safety of his house. But Psaki is quick to add that the administration has "a stalwart crew in parkas and snow boots at the White House as well."

Stalwart indeed. Psaki herself was overheard talking about making the trek to the White House on foot from Adams Morgan, and journalists covering President Obama also walked miles or spent the night in downtown hotels in order to make it to the White House campus during Snowmageddon, Part II. Even Deputy White House spokesman Bill Burton is telecommuting today, since staying at home "helps me shovel my front walk every 45 minutes or so."

And what about the president? With a commute of only a few feet, he stuck to his scheduled meeting with African-American leaders pushing for more jobs for chronically unemployed minorities.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Jane/Seattle

    It is just one of the plages brought on Obama before he sees the error of his ways and drops socialistism.

    February 10, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    shutting down the Obozo government can only be a good thing

    February 10, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Captain Awesome

    Has anyone seen Al Gore?

    February 10, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. SocialismBad

    A big shout out to Mother Nature for shutting down Washington DC and saving the American people from at least a few days of Democratic legislation!

    February 10, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Alex

    I'm surprised that there are no comments blaming the bad weather on Obama.

    February 10, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    In earlier posts, the right wingnuts continue to quote Rasmussen polling. Look at the history of their polling results on our president for the last year: They have consistently been 5 to 10 points lower than the other 20 polls in presidential popularity, even when Obama was over 62%, they had him at 52%. But they do a lot of work for Fox, and they need to make sure they will continue to get paid.

    February 10, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Jon In Madison

    So is God an obstructionist now too? I am so happy that for at least 1 day, the WH will not be able to make any other decisions on how to screw the American people over. Thank you snow, so much for global warming, huh?

    February 10, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Wisconsonite

    I'm sure the Rabid Right will find someway to blame the President and the Democrats for the "snow day" in DC. But speaking as someone who once in awhile gets a "snow day" from my job when we get blizzards here in Wisconsin, I say enjoy it!

    February 10, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. roflstomp

    Considering that the federal government really hasn't done anything useful in decades, I doubt anyone will really notice any changes with this snowstorm.

    February 10, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Slave labor toyotas are great,hahaha

    I hope poor Dick Cheneys bunker isnt burried under all this snow,hahaha

    February 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Doug

    The old mansion is always especially lovely when surrounded by snow.

    February 10, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. CF

    Pssh. We have worse weather than this every winter in the midwest. This season has been particularly rough, with hundreds of power lines and telephone poles broken and many people in and around my community still without electricity or heat or running water weeks later. But you never hear about our communities on the national news. We just tough it up, help each other, and get through it. And we all still make it in to work every single day.

    February 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Mrs. S Callahan

    He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
    He spreads the snow like wool,
    and scatter the frost like ashes.
    He hurls down his hail like pebbles,
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
    He sends his word and melts them
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

    He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
    He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.

    Praise the Lord.

    Psalm 147

    February 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Super

    That's one less day that they can be doing us harm.

    February 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. CF

    P.S., that is a very pretty picture of the White House in the snow though.

    February 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Average American

    The picture of the snowy White House is beautiful!

    February 10, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Scott, Tucson

    But have anyone seen or heard from Al (Global Warming) Gore?

    February 10, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. The Other Michael in Houston

    Aww come on ya big babies, it is a little snow, you ought to be use to it by now. Man up you sissy's and get to work!

    February 10, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Scott, Tucson

    Oh...stand by for another storm in 2-3 days since we have one rolling through here right now and will be on it's way to the East coast too.

    February 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. felicia

    The whitehouse never looked prettier.

    February 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. tpbco

    Oh Al, Where is Al Gore, haven't heard from him in a while.

    Wonder why?

    February 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. TCM

    You mean it's still called the White House? The blacks haven't raised hell about the name "white?" What a tragedy! It should at least be called the Obama Crib, or some other dumb-downed term that liberals would drool over...

    February 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. LA13

    Hey,, I see that in 1899 they had even more snow in DC. I guess global warming happened that year too. Caution: I got that 1899 date from FOX web page – so there is a good possibilty that it is totally false.

    February 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    For the record, we don't need you help Mr President. Plus, you're weird, where in the world are we getting this money? I don't understand, what are you thinking? Where is our revenue coming from? Do you understand that? Do you?

    I swear, makes me wanna give you a reality check and send 3 spirits to you...just like in American Carol.

    February 10, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. charlotte

    Very pretty picture. Snow can be a royal pain, but it is pretty....

    February 10, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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