Obama Reacts to Kids Requesting Videogames

December 22, 2009 -

Videogames were the overwhelming answer President Obama received when asking a group of children what they hoped Santa Claus would bring them.

Obama was entertaining a group of children at a Washington D.C. Boys & Girls Club when he posed the question. TownHall.com reports that Obama was inundated with requests for games and consoles along with other electronic devices, such as cell phones and flat-panel television sets.

The focus on electronics prompted the President to ask, “What ever happened to, like, asking for a bike?”

This time around at least, the President took it easy on videogames, perhaps learning from calling them out in the past.

The President also reflected a bit on the actual meaning of the holidays, saying, “What's important is what kind of spirit you have. So I hope everybody has a spirit of kindness and thoughtfulness.”


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Re: Obama Reacts to Kids Requesting Videogames

You know why kids don't ask for bikes for christmas? Because bicycles aren't exactly a luxury item anymore. Stop over at target and walmart and you can pick up a bike for less than $100. That and for many kids a bike isn't much use in the winter. Most young kids don't have the kind of foresight to ask for something they can use in the summer. They want something that's entertaining them from the moment they pull it out of the box.

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“What's important is what kind of spirit you have. So I hope everybody has a spirit of kindness and thoughtfulness.”

So......did Obama include this speech into his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance award ceremony?

 

 

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Screw the bike comment.  And video games are a given, I wanted them when I was young, too.  But what about the kids asking for cell phones and big screen tvs?  What the fuck is a little kid going to do with a cell phone and a big screen tv?

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Rather simple actually

Cell Phone: Call/Text Message all their friends who also got cell phones (although I suspect the kid asking for it will be somewhat older though) "A little kid: won't have much use).

Big Screen TV: Plenty of uses here but my bet would be to hook their game console up to it for an even better experience.

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Why would anyone want a bike for christmas- in the winter.

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“What ever happened to, like, asking for a bike?”

chances are they already have a bike. besides, aren't bicycles usually used in the summer?

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“What ever happened to, like, asking for a bike?”

It almost seems as if Obama wants kids today to live the life he had when growing up as opposed to asking for the popular things of "today" (a more technological age). Since he didn't grow up with video games, he probably will never completely understand their appeal and continously look at them from a blatantly negative perspective. At least you can't fall and scrape your knee from playing a game.

 

Play the right games and you can learn how to read better (RPGs) or how to work in a team even with a bunch of strangers (Online Co-operative games).

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Change anyone?

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HEY I rode bikes and climbed tree's made go karts had snowball fights built an igloo (heh) went swimming in a river went to the local pool etc etc all that good stuff but also I have played games since I was 2 Im only 27 (only? IM STILL YOUNG DAMN YOU)

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“What ever happened to, like, asking for a bike?”

These kids today with their rock n roll and their ipods and their videogames and....

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I got a bike when I was a kid fun stuff ... apart from the time well ... steep hill + makeshift skateboard ramp + deceptively close brick wall = very bad math ... oh well still fun and its a learnign experiance

and my brother oh boy ... he did a wheelie on his bike ... who knew the front wheel was gonna come off or that time he was going full speed down a road and fell off bye bye skin

or that time we were both on one bike and went down a hill I was on the seat he was peddling there was a hedge and his balls met metal

I got a better bike later a bmx loved it had it for years the breaks were f**ked (after years of use) so I used my feet to stop but my parents told me it was ruining my shoes my dad "fixed" the breaks ... later that day the breaks failed when riding down a hill (not a bad one this time) I couldnt use my feet I was told not to so I figured Id turn round the corner and just coast to a stop ... the on coming car had other ideas I acted fast and managed to go between the wheels and not under one I got a bruise the car got a broken head light

AND THEY HAD THE NERVE TO NEVER LET ME HAVE A BIKE AGAIN SINCE THEN I had bikes for years probably around a decade at that point no accidents (walls aside nothing serious) it was doing what THEY told me to do that got me run over it was my dads SHODDY fix that got me run over and all of a sudden this means I cant be trusted with a bike? THE HELL

anyway I like bikes and games bikes hurt sometimes and are expensive but their good fun blame the parents for not letting them have bikes haha

where was I going with this? meh

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I never got a bike, because the roads around my area were busy with cars and my parents never got me a bike in case if I was accidently killed by a car while riding one.

I guess with parents fearing for their child's safety so often when it comes to the road that is the reason why parent's don't buy their kids any bikes anymore.

 

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"The focus on electronics prompted the President to ask, “What ever happened to, like, asking for a bike?”" Wanting a bike for Christmas is especially dumb in the northern states since you can't really ride it properly in snow.

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

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I didn't realize there was a difference between asking for a bike or a video game, either way the kid asks for what they think will bring them the most joy.

This is something people read in to way too much.

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I feel that way too.

Parents have forgotten what it was like to be a kid, you don't have to ask for the things that your parents asked for when they were young, you asked for the things that you want because you like something even though it may be different to your parent's generation.

That is what is normal for a kid.

 

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Exactly, kids will always want the newest thing, that's never going to change (as much as my mom tries by claiming to get me things i "need").

If the president said that to me, i'd reply

"well, a couple of things, first, as a resident of michigan, a bike is NOT going to be a well utilized gift in the wonderful below freezing temperatures, and two, i don't want a bike".

It's actually something that really hits close to home because for like three years my dad's family wanted to pool together to get me a bike. I was already a gamer then, and an accident had left me with and extreme dislike (and fear) of bikes, so i kept trying my best to subtly let them know i didn't want a bike without seeming like a spoiled brat. Even told my dad flat out when we went to look at bikes, that i'd never use it, it would be a waste of money, and i didn't want it.

They bought me the bike anyway, and i could honestly say I could count amount of time i spent on that bike for no reason other than because i wanted to, on 1 or 2 hands.

 I'm pretty much the only person in the family who receives practically nothing but money for gifts, and i'm okay with that, because then i get what i want, and don't feel terrible for not using a gift i've recieved.

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Bikes are kinda a given in my neighborhood. Everyone has one. There's no point in asking for one for Christmas because a) it's winter and b) they likely already have one. It isn't a big commodity like games are.

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Re: Obama Reacts to Kids Requesting Videogames

There is another reason as well, most News corps have parents convinced that the moment their child is more than 100 metres from the house, he or she is in danger of being kidnapped, stabbed, shot, raped and sold into slavery in Eastern Europe.

If you add, on top of that, a Government that has spent years trying to restrict childrens freedom 'for their own good' and you end up with a society that doesn't trust it's own young to stay in or go out.

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Why not go out and ride a bike?  I mean, there's only 2 feet of snow out there.

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Fair enough comment, I remember wanting a bike when I was a kid. I even got one too.

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Yeah, but nowadays, parents are unlikely to let their kids go out and ride anyway because they (a) might get hurt or (b) pedophiles lurk behind every bush and tree waiting to snach thier perfect little snowflake.

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yep, those would be my parents.

Besides that, "regular" Bikes are 2 or 3 times as expensive as a video game.

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Those are my parents too. I learned to ride bikes until 11 or 12.

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As if the cost of something crosses a kids mind even for second when they make their christmas demands.

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Yeah, its so scary that new items that people want are invented! Woooo!

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That was almost coherent.

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Re: Obama Reacts to Kids Requesting Videogames

He's starting to sound like he's the type of person who gives out toothbrushes on Halloween.

 
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