One Inch of Snow Is Enough to Give Presidential Motorcade Serious Headaches

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Don’t know how the public dollar is being spent on a regular basis, but we do know that this month a few thousand dollars will go into replacing some bumpers on the cars that made up the Presidential Convoy on Wednesday evening.
President Obama and his usual motorcade were heading to the White House after leaving Joint Base Andrews where the Air Force One had landed. However, the black cars were having a tough time cutting through the tiny layer of snow that was covering the asphalt, not helped by the fact that about 99 percent of the other cars caught in traffic were at least just as unprepared for this situation as they were.

Even though everybody knows that Washington DC has its fair share of snowing in winter, and we’re not relying on interpreting nature’s signals for an accurate weather forecast anymore, it seems the authorities were taken by surprise by this mild blizzard and could not cope with what would count as a flurry in some parts of Northern Europe.

The Presidential convoy took double the time than usual to reach the White House, and reports say that the accompanying vans were heard bumping into each other at least three or four times, as well as hitting the curbs a few times. Witnesses also indicate that as the situation was getting worse, they eventually started to make better use of their sirens. What they should have done was call the person responsible for road maintenance and have him send his resignation the next morning.

But let’s not exonerate the drivers of their part in all this. A simple set of winter tires (because, you know, it’s winter and it might snow) would have solved most of the issues, since it wasn’t the snow’s height that was posing problems, but only the lack of traction.

Things aren’t looking well for Washington DC and its surroundings, as a proper blizzard is currently unfolding, and based on what we’ve seen so far, that could spell the end of the capital city of this great nation. RIP.
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