President Obama and His Girls Play in the Snow (Wait, What Snow?)

03/07/2013 at 11:05 AM EST

Winter Weather: President Obama Post Snow Day Picture (from 2011)
The Obamas in the snow, 2011
Courtesy Barack Obama
Washington, D.C., was spared the big winter storm it had been expecting Wednesday, but President Obama and his daughters were still seen frolicking in the snow – at least in this adorable photo he posted online.

"What a real snow day looks like," the Obama team wrote in posting the image to Facebook and Twitter.

That seemed to be a wry joke, perhaps making fun of the hype (and government closings) over the major winter storm that never materialized in D.C.

The photo, showing the President's daughters Sasha and Malia playfully pushing him to the ground, was an official White House photograph taken after a snowstorm in January 2011 by Ari Melber, an attorney, MSNBC commentator and a correspondent for The Nation.

"Snow pics! Obama plays with Sasha and Malia in the White House lawn," Melber wrote at the time in posting the photo to his WhoSay account.

By early Thursday, the photo had been liked almost half a million times on Facebook.

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