Mayor Adrian M Fenty (D), wearing all black clothing and snow boots on his feet, made his third public appearance to talk about the city's response to the snow. Standing at the city's giant salt dome in Northeast Washington, as trucks beeped and scooped up mounds of salt, Fenty said that major roads were cleared to black top and that trucks would start plowing side streets. He also urged residents to shovel sidewalks so that children and neighbors could walk safely.
One can't help but wonder what the city's newest high-profile resident, President Obama, thinks of this city response. You might recall, unless you were comatose, that Obama said the Washington region needed to toughen up when it comes to the white stuff because during the last storm his daughters's D.C. private school, Sidwell Friends had closed because of ice.
When asked how the president would judge his response, Fenty chuckled.
"I agreed with the thrust of his comments last time. I did. I've lived in DC all my life. I give him a lot of credit for being perceptive. I've often thought that DC needs to not be so knee-jerk in closing--not just the schools, but so many of our government buildings and stores and everything else. I think we're developing that. We're still kind of-- we're not as North[ern] as some other cities but I think as we continue to develop the capacity for responsiveness then I think that business and government will feel more comfortable staying open."