What is there left to say? This “world class” city we live in cannot handle two inches of snow, period, end of story. Make whatever excuses you want, the bottom line is if it snows in Atlanta, the city shuts down. As far as leadership goes, well I am quite sure that everyone stuck in their car for eight-plus hours or had children spend the night at their school (some even had a two-night stay) or had to walk home in freezing conditions because of traffic gridlock are pleased to know that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had the city more prepared than it was in 2011 when this same thing happened.
Of course, I really don’t remember it being as bad as it has been the past few days. How many people were stuck in their cars in 2011? If Reed really believes he had the city more prepared than it was in 2011, then why are/were things such a mess?
Perhaps if those darn weather forecasters weren’t wrong, things would have been better: right Gov. Deal? Why blame your poor decisions and poor planning on yourself when there are easier targets out there? It really is too bad that all those people were still stuck in their car and couldn’t watch the CYA news conference that our state “leaders” conducted — I am sure they would have enjoyed it.
What happened? The obvious answer is a very common mistake made by military planners. Every commander is always training to fight the next war based on what happened in the previous war. The mistake our governor and mayor made was to think that any snow event would play out just like it did in 2011. They were prepared for that and when it didn’t happen exactly that way, well, the results speak for themselves.
Mother Nature has a way of humbling everyone. The character of these individuals was revealed at their combined news conference. Would it not have been refreshing to hear them both admit to screwing up and committing to taking care of all those affected by the storm, period? But what we got was: “Not my fault” and “the city was better prepared than in 2011.”
The results speak for themselves. We have amateurs in charge.