When he first came to Washington, President Obama prided himself at being able to handle winters like a Midwesterner -- and scoffed at the traditional Beltway panic in the face of winter weather.

Nearly six years later, how times -- and temperatures -- have changed.

Obama visited Chicago Tuesday, where it was cold. Hey, it is November.

"It’s good to be home -- although it’s cold in Chicago. It was 60 degrees in Washington. It’s not 60 degrees here," Obama said.

Tuesday afternoon it was 26 degrees in Chicago, though the wind chill made it feel more like 15.

"I'm not used to it," Obama said. "My blood has thinned out."

It wasn't always like this.

In January 2009, Obama mocked the fact that his daughters school had canceled classes because of bad weather.

"My children's school was canceled today," Obama said. "Because of what? Some ice? ... We're going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town."

The nation's capital, he said, just couldn't hack it.

"I'm saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things," Obama said. 

Now that Obama has gotten used to balmier climes, he had better watch out this winter: the long-term forecast calls for colder than normal temperatures in D.C. this winter. And the short-term outlook calls for snow to hit the area Wednesday, with temperatures hovering a lot closer to Chicago's.