While how officials deal with snowstorms can have a significant impact on their political careers, many have come out of it unfazed.
Kevin White, who served as Boston's mayor when a powerful blizzard hit the city in 1978, was vacationing in Florida with his family when the snow storm came. He hastily made his way back to Washington and, despite not being in front of the cameras, a majority of Bostonians approved of the way he handled the situation.
On the other hand, Gov. Michael Dukakis, who became the face of response to residents of Massachusetts, lost his bid for re-election.
As for Fenty, his political opponents are likely to seize on the public discontent this week, but how it affects his political career remains to be seen.
Cannato said Fenty faced a historic storm the likes of which the city had never seen before.
"I just don't think they've [D.C.] ever dealt with this before, this just doesn't happen," he said.