Obama, a snow veteran from his days in Chicago, spoke at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting and thanked those for being "willing to brave a blizzard. Snowmageddon here in D.C."
But after that, the president went inside, hunkering down in the White House. The snow fell too quickly for crews to keep up, and officials begged residents to stay home. The hope was everyone could return to work on Monday.
Image: A magnolia tree next to the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, across from the White House in Washington, was toppled as a blizzard struck the nation's capital and much of the Mid Atlantic region on February 2010.