Barack Obama: 'Turn off the video games and pick up a book'

Repurposed as a blog post called "Taking the Time to be a Dad" on the White House website, Obama discussed his own, father-less childhood.

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JsonHenry2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

I do both and my kids do both.

It's okay Mr. President. We CAN survive and raise our kids properly without your divine intervention..

But lets be honest. He probably didn't write this "blog" just like he only reads off teleprompters what others have written for him. (not slamming him, most Presidents only make speeches based off of someone else's writing)

Anarki2586d ago

Put down your books and pick up a video game.

NukaCola2586d ago

Dear Obama, Quit're setting a bad example for the children.

lil Titan2586d ago

with everyone saying "no" i hope you all are joking, america isnt what it used to be anymore. where not number one at anything anymore and due to third world countries lack of education we cant even be the dumbest country nor are we the fattest but are the second i believe and do lack in alot of areas. the problem is everyone probably just pick up any old book that doesnt interest you and dont take the time to look into what your about to read leaving you to believe that "reading" isnt for you. games are a distraction and nothing more than entertainment, if you cant read a "book" start with a pamphlet like those little game guides they give with the game and then start with something more than that. your only hurting yourself by not reading. and learn a new word everyday

KingDustero2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

@ lil Titan

Says the person who doesn't even know proper grammar. Why should anyone listen to you?

Also I myself am going into the gaming industry. How does reading a book help me at all? Playing games and learning about what elements make them fun is much more important for me than to spend the time reading some fictional book.

DoomeDx2586d ago

Its funny how that every comment about someone having a kid, they get disagrees.

I have kids

Focker4202586d ago

How about he quits goin on vacation every two weeks and actually fixes some of the problems in this country...

SilentNegotiator2585d ago (Edited 2585d ago )

Turn off the book and pick up a video games.

Here's an idea, Obama; start encouraging the increase of jobs. Starting taking more initiative to bring industry back to the USA. Oh and stop being a massive hypocrite with foreign policy, the economy, social, well, everything.

Turn off the Blackberry, pick up a pen and a microphone.

lil Titan2584d ago

@KingDustero it is in bad taste to call an idiot an idiot so i wont, but if you honestly believe not reading is the key to getting into the game industry your venture towards your career WILL BE short lived. as for reading a fictional book it's what made the game industry and influenced many of the people's games YOU already play. im not gonna go into deep details about something you should already know or maybe my generation is a bunch of idiots which i said is in bad taste. you should read "Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World" by Jane McGonigal i hope you do something else in life or realize when you go to school for gaming YOU WILL HAVE TO READ!!!

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Yi-Long2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

... but my PS3 and 360 aren't compatible with these things called 'books'.

It just doesn't fit.

Also, the graphics in these books are very VERY 'last-gen'. Not to mention the sound (absent) or the gameplay (quite lineair and boring, turning pages with an interactive 'page-turning motion...')

Downtown boogey2586d ago

Still... You shouldn't slam books.

Shikoro2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

This comment is full of win. :D

theIMP2586d ago

Dude everyone should read. The only thing I should warn you of is, it will make most movies suck to you from now on. A movie has to be written and directed exceptionally well for me to like it any more, I just get so much more from books. There's just no technical limits for authors. There's no way a movie or game can do what words can. How a person thinks, how they feel, what they smell, hear, and taste, all this comes together in book like it just can't in any other medium. It is truly awesome. I would recommend George RR Martin to anyone who wants to try. He's the one that wrote the series that the new HBO show "Game of Thrones", is based on. That’s the name of the first book in the series too. I highly recommend it. Even if you don't like fantasy, it's more set in a realistic world and the character development is like nothing else I’ve ever read or seen in my life. I've never hated a character so much and then turned around and started to really like them. It's really some kick ass shit. Anyway don't just write off books, they can give you something games, or movies can't.

DoomeDx2586d ago

Lets not forgot about the horrible framedrops books have..

Max Power2586d ago

@ theIMP

First off I knew you liked GRRM due to your name, great series and secondly, the title is actually "A Game of Thrones" don't forget the "A." ;)

P.S. I am aware that the new books with Sean Bean on the cover doesn't have the "A."

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captain-obvious2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

Dear Barack Obama,
Shut the F*ck UP
Thank you

your's truly
Captain obvious

DeadlyFire2586d ago

Book = Video game. Upgrade your definition Barack.

Buff10442586d ago

Always keep in mind that lots of parents in the U.S. have no idea what their kids are up to, nor do they grasp the concept of video games. That's who the message is truly for.

Solid_Snake-2586d ago

dr kawashima's brain training.....nuff said.

s.t.a.l.k.e.r c.o.p....nuff said ( all txt no voice )

Solidus187-SCMilk2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

And I am a very good reader. I can easily read a 1000 page book in 2 days if it actually interests me. Problem is finding a book that is that interesting to me.

Id rather have my future kids play videogames and read then watch TV. TV is far worse than vidoegames IMO. TV is mindless while videogames require thought and hand eye coordination.

I know its different now, but when I was little some games require you to read alot. FF7 had a hell of alot of reading when I was 11.

edit-- what about number munchers and math blaster. Loved those games when I was little and they made math fun.

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gravemaker2586d ago

stop being president :) But maybe he's right.

TimTebo2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

No offense to Obama, but I feel like my child can learn more from playing Portal, than he can than in school/books/movies, etc.

Also I like the fact he specifically mentioned "videogames", and not t.v. Because god knows it's okay for our children to watch Jersey Shore, but it's DEFINITELY not okay for them to play a game like Red Dead Redemption.

This just shows how many people are still out of touch with the gaming community (especially guys in there 40's and over), and still think it's all about running people over, and shooting like a maniac, when in reality games have evolved which have given us emotion that films and books can rarely touch upon. Of course it's still the early 2000's for them, and GTA and games like Halo are still prime examples of why kids shouldn't play video games..but regardless.

chrisgay2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

I can appreciate some of the points you're making, games are certainly on their way to being a far more legitimate art form.

However, when compared to books and film, I think they are still quite a long way off, despite a few very impressive offerings such as Portal and Bioshock.

The reason those games are so effective is their quality of writing. Valve, Rockstar and Irrational have all been massively influenced by film and literature though still, their writing and their effect on the player doesn't come anywhere near books such as Heart of Darkness or films such as Barry Lyndon.

Comparing the best of games to the worst of television, literature and film is easy and highlights how bad those mediums can be, but gaming has a long way to go- we can't ignore the gaming release schedule, piled high with nonsense.

But as I say- I agree with the general idea of what you're saying, but I'd rather raise my children on books and school than Portal.

KRATOS-PS32586d ago

I doubt that Portal is better than school education or a good book. Actually, I hate books. I can't read a few pages without getting bored. But I did my school and I'm fine.

Aarix2586d ago

But kids actually enjoy video games and thus gets more learning out of it.

plmkoh2586d ago

Maybe if your child is training to become a lab rat, then Portal 2 would be more useful than school.

maxmill2586d ago

how about both, ever thought of that?

MidnytRain2586d ago

Lol at everyone above. The point is that you can't do both at one time...

Unless you're Chuck Norris.

UltimateIdiot9112586d ago

Sure you can, let's go back to text adventure games.

MidnytRain2586d ago

Ahh, I hadn't thought of that.

coryok2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

well the US does have high unemployment in fields where an education isnt needed while many fields where you need an education are still looking under rocks for people with an education to fill positions.

an example is IT, theres like 20-25% underemployment in the IT field, and to make that better, pretty much any girl (50% of population) who wants an education in computer science (which would fit requirements of most IT jobs) could get their educations almost completely paid for by some of the top schools just for being a girl and getting grades above a c

though anyone whos looking to learn this stuff should be able to manage their own time and decide when its ok for them to play a game and when they need to make time for their classes

tudors2586d ago

@coryok in the UK most people understand IT, there are not enough jobs for people to fill.

coryok2586d ago (Edited 2586d ago )

im talking more in terms of programming, networking and telecoms, not things that the geek squad from best buy can do for you

i also doubt obama is very concerned about kids in the UK gaming as much as he is about kids in the US