Boy, you sure can tell that Washington is shut down for the political season. All I can find on TV, Radio and newspapers is WEATHER. The normal news folks; reporters, anchors, radio jock would rather be reporting cats in trees in Siberia than telling you the weather. But I have a shovel-ready plan for the president.
Now, don’t think I am down playing how bad these conditions really are. I was born and lived in Illinois for most of my childhood. I left the year it was 50 below zero. However, I can tell you it’s more fun being in the passenger seat than the driver’s seat in the middle of a snow storm; driving in winter conditions like these is like a pas de deux (dance for two); you and a tree, or a parked car. But nothing sets the scene for a season of joy like a good dump of snow. Here in the West Coast it just looks like another winter’s day if we decide not to put up decorations. In the East and the Mid West a real snowman beats a plastic one any day.
This type of reporting the elements is tough for reporters. The media circus deals in news stories that don’t have happy endings; if it doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t lead. That’s the motto. Anyhow, after the fourth hour of flipping channels and folks sending in the Twitter pics of cars covered in snow, they broke a story about a study of how unsafe sledding was, you know like what we do as kids on the side of a hill. But give the media circus something small and they will make ice into an iceberg.
Plus, a late breaking story about the ski lift breaking, wait SNAPPING; that is a much better word to create drama. Anyhow, that put news folks back on track. So, now not only was there no news, but no good news, thanks to the news. Let’s hope the snow melts before they make snow into a four letter word.
Now all this talk about nothing, gave me an idea for the 2012 Presidential campaign.
Here is my snow shovel-ready plan: Mr. President, you Michelle and the girls cut your Hawaii trip short. Fly into some of these Mid West cities, and East Coast towns with a shovel in hand and go door to door offering to have you and the family help clear the driveways and sidewalks; treat it like a Katrina (SnowTrina) thing, boy. Your approval rating will go the ruff. And, if you give the kids there a few days off to play in it, your girls are set if they ever want to run for office.