Obama ‘luckiest man on the planet’ in snowstorm

February 11, 2010

President Barack Obama has weathered many political storms with varying degrees of success, but the snowstorm of the century that walloped Washington this week proved he was the luckiest man on the planet. That’s according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, still sore from endlessly shoveling snow at his own home.

To get an idea of what a herculean task it would have been for one person to clear the White House of snow, see the video posted on the White House blog of the blizzard striking the president’s home.

“Obviously, we have seen an extraordinary amount of winter weather here in the mid-Atlantic.  Having shoveled my driveway now what seems like 10,000 times, I can testify to that,” Gibbs said at his daily news briefing.

This winter’s snowfall in Washington broke a 110-year record and the latest storm closed the federal government for four straight days so far (no word yet on whether federal employees will have to make up those snow days). WEATHER-USA/

“It has been an overwhelming weather event,” Gibbs said.

“Why wasn’t the president out there shoveling the walk?” one reporter asked.

“Because he’s the luckiest man on the planet,” Gibbs replied.

The president’s spokesman said he told Obama this weekend: “You should never leave.  It’s a great deal.  You’ve got a huge driveway and it’s — my back is killing me.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

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I know it has been bad for a lot of people during this record breaking snowmageddon in the northeastern United States but, it is so beautiful and picturesque you know you would not have missed a minute of it.
I know this winter will be one that sticks in the mind of Sasha and Melia forever as one of the best winters in their Childhood. Living in One of the Historical Monuments of the United States while blanketed in two feet of Snow has to be awesome. I don’t think many things can compare to this. Except maybe sitting by a fire with Dad and Mom eating popcorn watching their favorite movie, while being where they all are right now.
Enjoy, commit every minute to memory and hold dear to them all.

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