“Turn off the video games,” says Obama

Wednesday, 2nd April 2008 14:21 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama reckons parents should be encouraging their children to read instead of allowing them to level up, telling Americans that “government can’t do everything” when it comes to education.

“Turn off the television, turn off the video games,” he said, as reported here.

Anyone else from the “real” world want to slag off games today? Come on. There’s bound to be at least one more.



  1. Blerk

    He’s right! If we don’t teach our kids to read and write now, who’s going to write inane banter on the gaming forums of tomorrow, eh? Eh?

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    He is right. My little girl can hit my keyboard in a random fashion and she isn’t even two. I’ll have her writing books before she’s four, games or no games.

    #2 7 years ago


    Seems like games are a politicians favourite whipping boy these days.

    I’m sure that most of their target voters will be gamers within the next 5-10 years, so what will they do then??

    #3 7 years ago
  4. TJ

    It’s a vicious circle – they write the crap, we report it, they get the clicks and write even more. The only solution is to stop reading it. Some might say ‘education’ was a better solution, but when did that ever work?

    On the flip slide Obama is bitching about both telly and games here, so fair play – kids probably do watch the screen more than they should.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Tiger Walts

    The quote above, on it’s own and without context misses out on the message he was delivering. He isn’t attacking video-games. He wants to promote activities for kids that are beneficial to their social and academic education.

    The whole message was wholly positive yet surprise, surprise, a little bit of it is taken out and spun a little.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. patlike

    Well, he didn’t say “tell you kids to stop sitting inside reading books all day,” did he?

    #6 7 years ago

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