President Biden decided to work from home — the White House — Monday despite what New Yorkers getting pounded by a foot-and-a-half of snow would consider a mere dusting for DC, as just about 2 inches coated the nation’s capital.
Biden kept late-afternoon plans to host 10 Republican senators to discuss COVID-19 relief at the White House, but canceled plans to speak at the State Department a few blocks away.
After 10 p.m. Sunday, Biden tweeted a daytime photo of himself outside a snowy West Wing, writing, “Grateful for the short commute on days like these.”
Hours later, a White House official confirmed to a pool reporter that the State Department trip was nixed due to the snow.
“He looks forward to visiting later this week when the agency’s staff and diplomats can more safely commute to attend,” the official said.
Biden’s snow-day tweet won applause from supporters for its cutesy tone — but others questioned why he would allow snow to impact his schedule.
“Breaking: Presidents can tweet dad jokes again and it’s kinda nice,” wrote one user.
But another asked, “Why does US president tweet like he’s going for a 9-5 job?”
A snowman is seen on the South Lawn of the White House on February 1, 2021.SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images
DC’s major roadways were cleared of snow by Sunday night, but some side streets and sidewalks remained slippery. The city’s suburbs received slightly more snow.
There was a chance of additional snow Monday, though the Office of Personnel Management decided to keep offices open, with the option of unscheduled telework for federal workers.