USA-WEATHER/SNOWSTORMWashington D.C. is usually known as a town that takes itself very seriously. You know, policy, politics, money, relieved by the occasional scandal. President Barack Obama appears to be doing his part to alleviate this metropolitan irony deficiency.

As morning TV showed closed airports, closed schools, snarled traffic and grumpy commuters and holiday travelers, there was video from the White House showing First Dog Bo frolicking in the snow left from a massive weekend storm.

But Obama didn’t stop there. His official schedule has him delivering remarks on making government more efficient and effective. Who doesn’t want that? It’s only slightly ironic that the federal government is closed today, thanks to the snow piled up all over the place, most notably on the city streets.

It shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Obama family. Even though the president said the other day that a White House covered in white made him feel at home — he’s used to Chicago’s mega-snows — he’s expected to head to Hawaii this week for the holidays.

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (White-covered White House, December 20, 2009)