President Obama Complains About a Snow Day

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The Chicago-grown Obama family have only lived in Washington, D.C. for a few weeks, but already they're noticing a few differences. Sidwell Friends, Malia and Sasha's school, was closed today for a snow day.

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    Sasha and Malia, kissing her mother Michelle, get ready for the first day of school in Washington, DC, as President-elect looks on. The Obama family are staying at the Hay Adams Hotel prior to their move into the White House.

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    US President-elect Barack Obama orders shave ice treats with his daughter Malia and Sasha during an afternoon outing in December 2008 in Hawai'i Kai, HI.

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    The girls kept it casual on their Hawaiian vacation, enjoying days at the beach with friends and shaved ice treats and a dolphin show with their dad.

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    Malia gives Barack Obama a big hug -- followed by one from Sasha -- at the Honolulu Zoo on December 30, 2008.

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    Sasha (left) and Malia Obama stayed in Chicago for Thanksgiving 2008, squeezing in some volunteer work with their dad at a food bank at St. Columbanus Parish and School. The President-elect said he wants the girls "to learn the importance of how fortunate they are, and to make sure they're giving back."

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    Sasha and Malia walk to school in Chicago after their father dropped them off in November 2008. Sasha takes gymnastics and tap classes while it's soccer, dance, drama and (by the looks of the case) flute for Malia.

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    The Obama family wave during a rally at the Ohio State House in Columbus, OH, two days prior to Barack's historic election to the White House.

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    The Obama clan leave a restaurant in Chicago in August 2008. We know where the President-elect stands on taxes and bailouts, but about comfort food vs cuisine?

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    Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, take the stage during a May 2008 rally near the Iowa state capitol building in Des Moines.

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It may just have been their first. According to Chicago Public Schools spokesman Mike Vaughn, Chicago schools haven't shut down for weather since 1999. "We're a tough, hard-working city," he said.

Barack Obama's mother was tough, too. She used to wake him up at 4 A.M. to do school work, which is probably why while the Obama girls were relishing their free day off, President Obama was complaining.
"My children's school was canceled today, because of what?" Obama said jokingly, "Some ice?" Later, at the Pentagon, he was overheard saying, "Aren't you a little surprised that they canceled school for my kids?"

One of the things that draws people to President Obama is how completely and totally normal he and his family are. I mean, what parent do you know hasn't complained about a snow day before? Obama's grumblings probably won't change school policy -- because safety is usually the reason behind school closings, after all -- but as one school spokesman put it, "I never recall one (opinion) going as high as the president of the United States."

What about you? Do you complain about snow days too, or do you look forward to a day of sleeping in and snow play?

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