Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obama Turns up Heat -- DC is too Cold

It's not ice cold here in Tustin, far from it, but it's certainly not 72F or above. Because of that, I'm wearing a sweatshirt inside my home tonight. It's just a one-bedroom apartment, but heating any space costs and it's cheaper to wear winter type clothes than to heat areas I'm not using.

Yesterday, Obama chided Washington, D.C. residents for being snow wimps.

"My children's school was canceled today. Because of, what? Some ice?" said President Obama. "As my children pointed out, in Chicago, school is never canceled. In fact, my 7-year-old pointed out, you'd go outside for recess in weather like this. You wouldn't even stay indoors. We're going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town."
The Anchoress reminds that Obama spoke these words last May during the primary campaign:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”
Cut to the White House Oval office, a room that has traditionally been business dress has been turned to business casual because Obama, after all the above, keeps the thermostat cranked up. His flinty Chicago toughness shrinks from the wintry chill.

WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
So where is the press denouncing the glaring hypocrisy? They are slobbering on themselves and each other over how much the new President is changing the White House culture with his laid back style. In a few short months it will be summer and Washington will be unbearably hot. No doubt Obama will be wandering the White House in his Hanes briefs. What a guy.

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indigo rose said...

It's a cool 50 degrees in my town, my heat is on, but the house is cold... I'm wearing a sweater and my hubby is bundled up in a blanket having a nap (I mean conserving energy!).
I have one daughter in Eau Clair,Wisconsin and one in Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri. Wisconsin was able to open the door yesterday and air out the house. Missouri, when I last heard from her on Sunday, was shoveling snow in 6 degree weather. The army issued summer weight bdu's, 2 sets of thermals, gloves w/liners and a balaclava to cover all but the eyes. Brrr.....
I think if the nation has to hunker down, dress for conditions and think about conserving, so should our President, our Commander in Chief.

Indigo Red said...

That's what a real leader would do. But Obama is not a real leader, he is a real organizer who has everyone else to the work and suffer the discomfort.