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Obama calls capital's blizzard `Snowmageddon'

Snow plows wait in line alongside I-95/495 in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Life in the nation's capital ground to a halt Friday as steady snow fell, the beginning of a storm that forecasters said could be the biggest in modern history. Snow plows wait in line alongside I-95/495 in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. Life in the nation's capital ground to a halt Friday as steady snow fell, the beginning of a storm that forecasters said could be the biggest in modern history. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
February 6, 2010

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WASHINGTON—"Snowmageddon" -- that's what President Barack Obama calls the storm that's shut down Washington.

His motorcade made it a few blocks through deserted streets so he could speak at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting on Saturday.

In his opening remarks, Obama thanked activists for being willing to brave the blizzard. The streets around the hotel where the meeting was held were blocked by snow and police ahead of Obama's arrival.

California Rep. Mike Honda was delayed on the slow-running subway. Other officials who stumbled into the hotel were caked in snow and ice. Obama said he saw a sign that said "Californians for Obama" -- and he joked that "you guys aren't used to this."

The party chairman, Tim Kaine, said "it's like an April day in Chicago" -- that's Obama's hometown.