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Even in Washington D.C., Mayor Bill de Blasio couldn't escape questions and jokes about his handling of this week's snowstorm, and among those who joked about it was President Barack Obama, who, when meeting with a group of visiting mayors on Thursday, reminded them, "make sure you are shoveling the snow." NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

WASHINGTON D.C. - They cleaned up the snow on the Upper East Side, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is still trying to clean up the mess, even as he's introduced in the nation's capital.

"Mayor de Blasio has made a special trip to be with us here today, and I can tell you, I will say, he did not use a special snowplow to plow away for him to get here today," said Scott Smith, the mayor of Mesa, Ariz.

De Blasio was at a mayors conference Thursday, getting advice. He could use some when it comes to clearing the white stuff.

On the Upper East Side late Tuesday, plows weren't as effective as in other spots.

After defending sanitation workers early Wednesday, de Blasio went to look for himself. On Thursday, his judgment was clear: not good enough.

"When I see that we're not performing up to the standard that we should on behalf of our people, I'm going to correct it right away," he said.

De Blasio gives the Sanitation Department far better grades for how it handled a snowstorm earlier this month.

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty is a holdover from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. It remains to be seen whether de Blasio keeps him in his post

Doherty has spoken at length that no neighborhood was singled out for better or worse plowing.

According to Robin Nagle, the Department's anthropologist in residence, snow complaints are as old as the city.

"I'm not sure that we kvetch more than we used to," Nagle said. "We're famous for kvetching as a city, but I do think that the kvetch quota tends to migrate from place to place."

Many, though, say that sanitation isn't only at fault. They say gridlock blocked crews.

"When we block the box, and there's a snow issue, then you're going to have a tie-up," said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. "So all I can say is, I hope we learned a lesson, and that between the MTA, the Department of Sanitation and NYPD, there's much more coordination in the future."

Back on the Upper East Side, de Blasio is finding himself in an old role for a mayor: focus of snow rage.

"De Blasio didn't do right by certain areas. He knows it," said one person.

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