Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to Set Aside for a Greater Good

June 26, 2009 -

While President Obama has never expressed a specific anti-video game sentiment that we're aware of, he does often refer to games as something to put aside in order to do something more worthy.

To wit; on Father's Day Obama urged dads to swap their kids' video games for books. In a recent speech to the American Medical Association, Obama said that children should "step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside." In early June Obama suggested that Chinese and Indian children were pulling ahead of American youth because they watch less T.V., play fewer video games and spend more time on their schoolwork.

Video games came up again yesterday as the President and Mrs. Obama spoke at a United We Serve event at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. eNews Park Forest has a transcript, including the President's comment on video games:

On Monday, we launched "United We Serve," our summer service initiative.  It's going to run all the way through our National Day of Service on September 11th.  We want to ask every American to take some time out this summer to do something for others. 

 

Parents, take your kids -- they're going to have fun, they're going to be in sports camps, they're going to be watching TV and playing video games.  Once a week, take them down -- whether it's to a soup kitchen or to volunteer on a community project -- teach them what it means to be a real citizen.  You'll find that actually the kids love it, and it's going to make a lasting impression on them. 


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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

But then, if Obama was to work on said house for 9 to 3, you would be saying that he isnt doing his job and should be acting like a president should.

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I'd rather he did a day's worth of volunteer work each week than that he waste more tax money, or push for other ways to waste it.  Plus, it seems really hypocritical to tell people who work for a living that they need to take a day out of each week to volunteer, but he won't be doing anything of the sort.  What happened to 'leading by example'?

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"What happened to 'leading by example'?"

I think one of the former presidents sold it. Probably Reagan.

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 Why do I have a feeling, just one feeling, that either way if they do partake in this or not, your reaction would be the same. I feel like I'm in a looping Fear Effect ending.

"If the administration does partake, here is the reaction from Lewis"

Why are they wasting their time when they could be working on the economy and fixing the problems they promised they would. Change indeed

The other reaction being what you just said. Very pathetic actually.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Please.  I never thought Obama would fix anything; the least he can do is put his money where his mouth is.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

You mean put our money where his mouth is. He's really good at wasting taxpayer dollars.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Hah. Exactly. As unfortunate as it sounds, people like Austin_Lewis are unable to say anything nice about political opponents. In his eyes, Obama's damned if he does, and Damned if he doesn't. At least I acknowledge the rare occasions when a repub does something right.

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"That's just sneaky and manipulative (which seems to be common in ANY administration, so no big surprise). "

Fixed.

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This one?

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 Yup. Although the LolWut mixed with this picture would work much better.

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It's not exactly voluntary if someone is forcing their child to do it though, is it. At least for the child.

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

But how many kids do you know who would sacrifice having fun to spend a day doing charity work? I know I can't name a single one. It is up to the parents to instill the ideas of charity and contribution in those kids, and this is a great oppurtunity to do so.

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Respectfully, you cannot "instill" ideas like this by dragging your children along and forcing them to participate.

On the contrary, it usually "instills" just the opposite.

I was a preacher's kid - and met quite a few others. I was dragged from church event to church event, pushed into participating at every turn.  I can tell you right now that 90% (possibly more) of us grew up with nothing but distaste and aversion to organized religion that's carried into our adult lives.

I've witnessed the same reversal in countless forms - everything from sports to academic specialties and everything in between. I have not, however, experienced those personally, so I shall leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.

However, if I wanted to "instill" such ideas in my children, I would do it by simply raising them right. After that, I don't believe there would be a need to interfere with their free time by forcing them to volunteer at shelters, etc.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

These would be the same parents that have been brought up to think that sharing = communism and capitalism and being out for your own personal gain are the ways to go, correct?

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Unfortunately, in America, there are a LOT of people who think that way. However, there are a number of them that genuinely enjoy giving back to the community. And, hopefully, more people will takes Obama's comments to heart and go out to help. (Im not exactly holding my breath, though..)

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teach them what it means to be a real citizen.  You'll find that actually the kids love it, and it's going to make a lasting impression on them. 

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Like if community projects does a damn thing about anything.

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

 You know, besides helping people, but who cares about people who can't help themselves, right? That whole Habitat for Humanity thing is a joke, and so is donating blood. Doing your community proud by helping them, is doing the exact opposite, in reality you are pissing off your community for being so helpful.

I can be more sarcastic, but I'm saving that for another day.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

"so is donating blood."

Actually, there's some pretty good evidence out there that the Red Cross, where most people donate their blood, actually sells their blood to hospitals, for money. The Red Cross asks for free blood donations just so that they can turn around and sell it, making billions of dollars for their greedy little pockets...

http://unionreview.com/red-cross%2526%2523039%3B-blood-money

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Yeah right. Donating blood is a big scam, making the Red Cross billions of dollars which it then passes on to apparently noone. Your article right there - the people supposedly behind this billions-of-dollar operation don't get it, and who else would they give it?

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I don't know if that's true, but if it is it would offend me deeply.


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Kids in the 50s and 60s had to do more schoolwork than us, and look how they turned out.  Do you honestly want to repeat that, Mr. President?


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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

No they didn't.

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Hes asking the kids to do some volunteer work not do homework.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

I'm a little confused by the paragraph.  Going to and actually reading the article doesn't help.

"On Monday, we launched "United We Serve," our summer service initiative.  It's going to run all the way through our National Day of Service on September 11th.  "

Ok, got that.

"We want to ask every American to take some time out this summer to do something for others.  "

Ok, still makes sense. 

"Parents, take your kids -- they're going to have fun, they're going to be in sports camps, they're going to be watching TV and playing video games."

Ok, this is where it starts to break up.  Is this what the kids are going to be doing as part of the "United We Serve" thing or is this what he's saying kids are currently doing during the Summer time off?

"Once a week, take them down -- whether it's to a soup kitchen or to volunteer on a community project -- teach them what it means to be a real citizen."

Ok, so this clearly, based on the "Once a week" comment states an "in addition to other things" reference.  But, the activities are a type of Community Service, not what was implied in the previous quoted sentence of playing sports, watching TV, and playing video games.

"You'll find that actually the kids love it, and it's going to make a lasting impression on them. "

And this is true.  But I'm still confused on the previous two quoted sentences.  It just reads a little odd.

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

 I know what you mean, it is indeed a strange sentence to get around, even when I read it aloud. I'm guessing he meant taking their kids away from the average boring life to go out to do something, and if that is the case, he should have just said that.

The best thing to do is to ignore the structural incoherence of the sentece, it seems to be at odds with the rest of his speech.

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I suspect the sentence means that you should take your children away from their normal summertime activities and take them to a shelter or something once a week. 

For example, take your child out of whatever day-camp or other activity and take them to, say, the local church's soup kitchen.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Exactly. He is saying your kids will be busy, having fun and doing what kids do during the summer, and that you should take time out of your day to encourage them to give back to the community. Have them take a break from thier video games, TV, and other entertainment to give them the oppurtunity to help those less fortunate. Thats a pretty well intentioned comment, if you ask me.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

I got really confused in the exact same place. It may have been a slip in thought that got a little convoluted coming out. But I think the idea is pretty clear.

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So, videogames are in the same category as sports camps now?

-Gray17

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I see nothing wrong with this, and Obama actually has some alternative to video games this time around.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

"Once a week, take them down -- whether it's to a soup kitchen or to volunteer on a community project -- teach them what it means to be a real citizen."

Question is, has Obama EVER done this? Or is his only contact with the common folk when he looks down to look at who he's trampling (as with most politicians)? Apparantly consoles are good enough to campaign for votes on, and also good enough to blame for sliding american standards.

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

 Except for that whole period between his political life and the end of his education life, you know, that whole chunk that encompasses many years of community service. The one that can easily be found by looking it up.

I find it hard to believe that people are still unaware of this. The internet exists, start using it.

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What community service?

Exactly what did he do? Don't say "community service."  Tell me what community he serviced and what service he performed. 

I'll wait. 

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As an exagerated stereotype, I will NEVER stoop so low as to use the internet for anything. Ever.

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That takes the fun out of it.

Besides, was that with his children, like he's telling other parents to do?

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

You mean when he was working with domestic terrorists?

 

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Who knows? Who actually cares. Chances are that this will only affect families with kids old enough to understand comprimise or families who want to do this but do not know how to help. This is only an incentive to encourage families.

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Incentive? Where? Behind the potted plant?

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Good!  I think parents should limit the amount and type of video games being played by their kids.  (Note that I said PARENT, and not government!)

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Let me state for the record that I'm not saying the Prez is wrong in these comments. It is noteworthy, however, that he repeatedly uses video games as the flip side of doing something positive, be that studying, exercise, helping others, etc.

This is an Obama theme that runs back through the campaign and even in the period before he declared as a candidate.

I'm not sure whether this means that he looks down on games or whether he's wired in enough to pop culture to know that the video game metaphor resonates in today's society.

Maybe both.

In any case, when the Prez mention games, it winds up on the pages of GP.

Hey, it's what we do...

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

We should start a "Buy Obama's kids a Wii" fund or something. With all the books he's making them read, I doubt they get outside much.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

They already have a Wii.

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Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Oh.

Then maybe he should shut the f**k up about video games and focus on more important matters. He's got plenty of those.

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

Oh maybe, just maybe, he's only saying that kids need to play games LESS and need to study/exercise/read more... as in, if your kids are playing many hours of video games a day and are unhealthy or doing as well as they could in school that's a not good... as opposed to saying kids should NEVER play video games or be entertained in any way shape or form... ya it's a crazy thought

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Right. And why is it okay for the President to recommend rationing video game exposure, but if some Congressman tried it you'd call for his head?

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You assume too much... unless you care to quote me on the last time i called for the head of another politician for nothing more than recommending rationing video games...

Ya, most of the time that we see are congressmen not just recommending rationing, but working towards restricting games, or blaming video games as a cause of violence

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

So you're okay with a politician recommending rationing video games? Yes or no?

Re: Once Again, Obama Refers to Video Games As Something to ...

He's reccommending that the PARENTS DO IT, you idiot. Thats all fine and dandy.. If he was suggesting the government enforce rationing, I'd be calling for his head, too. And that's coming from a hardcore Obama Supporter..

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 yes, cause video games are fun, but it's best not to let them get in the way of studying, exercising or whatever... i think it's something most anyone can agree with... and a mere recommendation, is not a call for government restriction

 
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