America got in a good giggle and rolled her eyes when Georgia declared a state of emergency after a mere two inches of snow was all that was needed to shut down government and corporate operations for the entire state.
Atlanta, which is pretty much synonymous with Georgia and proudly holds the title of “Capitol of the New South,” bore the brunt of the cackles and criticisms. Many could not understand how a city that rightfully brags about having the world’s busiest airport, and is also in the top 5 of cities/metro areas with the most Fortune 500 companies in America, could be grounded to a complete halt by a few snowflakes.
Stories pouring out about children being stranded on buses overnight, people sleeping on the floors of department stores and a woman having a baby on the highway because the interstate resembled a parking lot did not help the national narrative, either.
Of course, all interstate highways and state roads are under the jurisdiction of the state and Gov. Nathan Deal, who has also been bashed nationally. Deal admitted that the statehouse could have done more in advance of the “storm.” And, to be fair, snow crippled the natural flow of operations from South Carolina all the way to Alabama. But the ATL is South’s most visible and renowned metropolis and, rightly or wrongly, is at the epicenter of the national mocking.
Even singer and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss had to comment on the fracas, sharing her disgust via this caption and photo on Facebook:
“I just back from NY & was complaining about the snow but at least they know how to deal with it.”
Nearly 48 hours after the first flakes hit the pavement, the hashtag #SnowedOutAtlanta remains one of the top trending topic on Twitter Thursday morning. Take a look at some of the memes regarding the city of Atlanta’s and the state of Georgia’s preparation and response debacle.