February 5th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Washington blizzard isn't disrupting Obama

(CNN) - The impending blizzard expected to slam the White House and its surrounding neighborhoods over the weekend is not interfering with President Obama's schedule, White House aides say.

The president was traveling freely around town as the potentially record-breaking snow storm nicknamed by locals as "the snowmageddon" got under way Friday afternoon.

When spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked whether the storm would impact Obama, he said "no" and noted that the president "doesn't even have to shovel the walk."

Obama was on the move Friday morning, attending events nearby at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia and at the Oasis Mechanical Contractors business in Lanham, Maryland. On Saturday he is expected to address the DNC Winter Meeting held at a hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

The president traveled in a black souped-up armored suburban while other support vehicles and the 16-passenger vans that normally carry the press corps in the presidential motorcade were replaced with black "Aspen" Chrysler SUVS because of their four-wheel drive capability.

But while Obama remained mobile, he gave a gentle warning to the employees at the Oasis, telling them to "stay out of the snow!"

The White House will not be closing four hours early along with the rest of the federal agencies, but Gibbs elected not to do his normal on-camera afternoon briefing to allow staffers in the press office to head out early.

When a light snow hit the Washington area a year ago, the president was amused that his daughters' school was closed. He joked at a photo op with business leaders, "My children's school was canceled today because of what - some, some ice....As my, as my children pointed out, in Chicago school is never canceled."

The president then raised some eyebrows when he took DC residents to task, saying "We're going to have to try to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town...when it comes to the weather folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things..."

When asked what the president thought of this snow storm, Gibbs said that "even a transplanted Hawaiian from Chicago has respect for a forecast of two feet of snow."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    And I am sure that if the liberal media have their way, he will be walking on water also. How many other people have suffered in the city so he can "make his way around" to spout the inanities that his teleprompter tells him to speak and misprounounce.

    February 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Obama = WORST president EVER

    Of course not...have TELEPROMPTER will travel!

    February 5, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. annie against biased news

    Hope the so-called president doesn't get stuck in a snow drift that doesn't thaw for three years. lol

    February 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Mark

    Did you see the video of obamy talking about Specialty Materials, they make energy saving windows, he says they are the best in the world.

    But did you know the lady in charge of the nationwide "weatherization" project has connections with that company.....her husband is vice president of that company that obamy is pushing........

    Change you can believe in?


    February 5, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Average American

    I can see the tea-bagging workshops have let out for the day...

    February 5, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Mike

    Yep, it is hard to bottle up nobama with the weather, he can tax and spend right from the oval office while imported steak($100.00 per pound) and lobster is served at tax payer expense.

    February 5, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    That storm is nothing compare to the "snow-job" the republikkkans are giving the entire country.

    February 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. felicia

    What a bunch of hateful dogs

    February 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Snow job in a snow storm.

    Instead of the ability to travel in snow, I would rather have other silly things like reasonable healthcare reform, less than a year to throw gays some attention, real economic recovery instead of slaps on the wrist for his corporate pals.

    I can dream.....

    February 5, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Does anybody out there know how much oil supply is left in the Middle East before we start paying $200/barrell, didn't think so. We need to get on board with this President now or never if you are really serious about the future generation, oil is running and ruining this country at the same time. You better learn something, the oil suppliers know and depend on us not knowing or caring because we have years of proof and that's all they need. Wakeup out there people.

    February 5, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. NC

    To Felicia: Amen Sister,

    February 5, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    To the CONS:

    No matter what the article is about, you find a way to post hate, lies or some other vile.


    February 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ Mike........ Where did you get these figures? Please post source.

    February 5, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Stupid People Should Just Shut Up

    Such negative comments should be kept in your VERY little brain. PRESIDENT OBAMA is what America really needs. Talk about teleprompters, the man can speak better than the majority of our past Presidents (it shouldn't be hard to figure those out–but then again, you do have a small brain). Give respect where respect is due. He is more than qualified to hold the position that WE selected him for. Not only that, he's capable of many things. And so what if he shuts done streets when passing through–HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. It is simple minded folk like you that requires such security for President Obama and his family.

    February 5, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. J. Richter

    Teleprompter (except when he goes 1 on 140 republicans upside the head), whine, hate, Barry. I hope I covered the right wing responses.

    February 5, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. JJ

    @ Stupid ppl should just shut up...AMEN!!!! Very well stated!! :>)

    February 5, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Dave

    "The president traveled in a black souped-up armored suburban while other support vehicles and the 16-passenger vans that normally carry the press corps in the presidential motorcade were replaced with black "Aspen" Chrysler SUVS because of their four-wheel drive capability."

    Nice plug for goverment owned Chrysler and GM(goverment motors). How about another his piece on Toyota.

    It didn't take long for the liberal media to report on Obamas propaganda.

    February 5, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Mrs. S Callahan

    On a serious side, just be safe...4 wheel drive or not..it only takes a second in a spin to have you life altered by an injury to the brain or body...Stay off the roads, be sensible.

    February 5, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. jules hartford ct

    Know we can disagree wiht the president without name calling .....show some respect ....whatis wrong with you people....God help us all with these ill mannered people.

    February 5, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Bigiman

    Teleprompter......... Bush didn't used it...........Please get a live

    February 5, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Average American

    I love the teleprompter comments. Obviously, you've missed the many, many town hall meetings and the amazing smack-down he gave the House Republicans. Turn off Faux news for a while and check out what the rest of the United States sees and hears. It's so sad that you prefer to miss out on reality.

    February 5, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. let's be wise


    We all need to be patient and let the man do his job (which by the way is not easy nor can it be done quickly)


    February 5, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Renfield

    I was a medical corpseman in the military. Ironically I only went down to the morgue once!

    February 5, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. SVCraig

    To Mark:

    Did you see that the Bush administration granted Haliburton a noncompete contract for billions of dollars and then talked up what a great job they were doing? Did you know that Dick Cheney worked for Haliburton and likely received quite a nice check from Haliburton after the Bush administration ended? Go ahead and whine about wheatherization projects and possible connections to the White House. At least wheatherizaiton proejcts won't cost the lives of thousands of American soldiers like the Bush/Cheney strictly-for-profit war in Iraq.

    February 5, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. jack in denver

    For the love of god Bush couldn't even read!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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