My Thoughts Exactly Part II
Yes, Mz. Walsh, it really was outstanding.
And what else can you expect from a Texan named Dick Armey? :)
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)
A "snow day" there was caused by nearly a foot of snow dumped overnight-- which was hardly rare, and, last time I checked (but Al Gore apparently didn't), still happens.
Any less than that, the snowploughs could be heard in the wee hours of the morning making sure the school buses would be on time.
Oh, those infernal snow ploughs!
So the infrastructure up there didn't sweat it.
When your scholarly host was enrolled in a university in the Nation's Capital--not too much further south, but just below the Mason-Dixon Line--he realized that he was in an inherently southern town when he experienced his first snowday.
Two inches of snow fell, and...
The schools were closed. The goverment was closed. Telephone lines went dead; and power outages were reported...
"Wimps," your yankee host would chuckle, walking over the pathetic excuse of a "blizzard" in bare feet. (Well, not really, but...)
Those sentiments were never expressed by--and perhaps never occurred to-- our last five presidents, who were-- starting with #39 Carter over three decades ago-- from Georgia, California, Texas, and Arkansas, but now a northerner has finally come to town, and had his first snow day today.
And he said this:
I will also hold myself as President to a new standard of openness. Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.