Obama: Washington Needs “Chicago Toughness”

President: Washingtonians need to toughen up

President Barack Obama didn't take long to insult the weakness of Washington when it comes to winter. 

When snow and ice  Wednesday forced the closure at Sasha and Malia's school, Sidwell Friends, the president took the opportunity to praise his family's courage over the Chicago cold.

"My children's school was canceled today, because of what, some ice?" Obama said during a photo opportunity with economic leaders, who began chuckling. "As my children pointed out, in Chicago, school is never canceled.  In fact, my 7-year-old pointed out that you go out for recess.  You wouldn't even stay indoors." 

Obama said he would have to instill "some flinty Chicago toughness" into Washingtonians.

"When it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don't seem to be able to handle things," he said.

Malia Obama, 10, is a fifth-grader at Sidwell's middle school campus in the District, while younger sister Sasha is in second grade at the elementary school in Bethesda, Md.

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