Obama: Kids Should Pick Up Books, Put Down Games


Posted June 21, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

Obama: Kids Should Pick Up Books, Put Down Kids

President Obama doesn't seem to like video games much. In his father's day message to the nation's dads, Mr. Obama decided to take a cheap shot at video games, suggesting that America's dads should encourage reading over gaming! The nerve!

Here's the quote:

"We know that every father has a personal responsibility to do right by their kids – to encourage them to turn off the video games and pick up a book; to teach them the difference between right and wrong; to show them through our own example the value in treating one another as we wish to be treated. And most of all, to play an active and engaged role in their lives."

As a father, I take personal offense at this message. My four year old son and I spend a lot of time playing co-op video games, specifically, Haunted House, Lego Star Wars and G-Rated L.A. Noire. (That's where you just drive around Los Angeles, obeying traffic laws, and looking at different things.) We also read books together, and ride skateboards. If I were president, I'd come out against bad video games, because more than anything else, I want my son to grow up with good taste in entertainment products.

Source: The White House

Obama: Kids Should Pick Up Books, Put Down Games


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