Barack Obama Name Drops GTA IV During Campaign Stop

barackobama.jpgAt a recent campaign stop in Indiana, presidential candidate Barack Obama mentioned the media fervor surrounding GTA IV’s release. Naturally he used the subject to awkwardly segue into the issue of children spending more time on entertainment than education:

I was just catching the news this morning about Grand Theft Auto, this video game, which is gonna break all records and make goo-gobs of money for whoever designed it. Now, this isn’t intended for kids, although I promise you there are kids who are playing it, but these video games are raising our kids…Across the board, middle-class, upper-class, working-class kids, they’re spending a huge amount of their time not on their studies, but on entertainment. And so part of our job is going to have to be to inspire the entire country to say, ‘How are we giving our kids a thirst for knowledge?’ And turning off the TV set, and getting them to be engaged and interested, like their future really does matter on how well they do in school.”

So, as usual, his problem is more with people concentrating on video games as opposed to their education. Frankly, he’s kind of got a point. Just try having any sort of educated conversation on Xbox Live.

Via GamePolitics

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19 Comments on Barack Obama Name Drops GTA IV During Campaign Stop


On May 1, 2008 at 11:21 pm

I guess learning from Rev. Wright for the last 20 years is not as bad as Grand Theft Auto.


On May 1, 2008 at 11:35 pm

yeah because Rev. Wright is the only crazy religious preacher out there. Get off of that ing topic. What about McCain’s crazy pastor? What about the that Pat Robertson spews? Just because Rev. Wright is black and making these statements everyone gets all up in arms. whitey.

da soc

On May 1, 2008 at 11:44 pm

He’s got a point.


On May 2, 2008 at 12:31 am

Ryba, I agree with you until the end. People aren’t up in arms about him because he’s white, its because he is anti-American. He says all kinds of crap about how America is . But I do agree, Pat Robertson is crazy too, but in a different less anti-American or hostile way.


On May 2, 2008 at 1:26 am

Cobalt, I disagree.

Wright is not anti-American. He simply stated that due to our foreign policy we should have some kind of expectation that there are people out there who hate America. Bin Laden does not hate our freedom, he hates us because we whole heartedly support Israel, a country that is just as guilty of genocidal actions and human rights violations as every other country in the Middle East.

While I do not agree with the way the message was portrayed, I do think the message has some merit. “Our chickens have come home to roost.” Quite simply, this is true. You can only throw so much into the world until it comes back to bite you in the ass. Most countries do NOT ask for our help, we simply decide to GIVE it to them, just like the UN. We are one of the only countries in the world that has more soldiers on military bases outside our home country, even during peace time.

Its time we look at our country and its position in the world and reevaluate it. We need to change ourselves and the worlds view of us.


On May 2, 2008 at 1:53 am

I’d rather a so-called -removed- as the leader of my country as opposed to someone who makes cowardly, racist complaints on an internet blog, Aryan :mad:

Otherwise, yes, Obama has a good point there.
That he has made before ;P

Another Aryan

On May 2, 2008 at 2:18 am

L!me, don’t be a moron. There’s nothing wrong with being racist. In this country, we have freedom of speech, which includes saying things that you don’t want to hear.

Luckily, on the internet, your freedom of speech only extends to what the site you are posting on decides to allow. That allows me to delete your pointless, ignorant, racist comments with impunity. – Editor


On May 2, 2008 at 2:22 am

hmm…its too bad he didnt use mass effect as an analogy…that seems to be everyones favorite game for picking on about the “scene” …even if there is an option to skip the “scene” …sigh…people are so stupid…

i agree with him in that video games are raising hte kids and that they will be playing gta iv…but its not hte producers fault…its the BS split-up parents that artn setting standards or rules…i was in a video game rental store the other day and some 8 year old kid was looking for a video game to rent but couldnt decide which…his mom got tired of waiting and suggested gta san andreas….gta san andreas for an 8 year old kid??? …what stupidity…


On May 2, 2008 at 2:22 am

Actually Aryans, remember that last president you elected?

Yeah, well he took away your freedom to say , so bugger off.

You are the worst kind of pathetic little , the happy little bugger who likes to act big and tough simply because hes over the internet.

You cannot really argue, so instead you just make rude comments at other people. Your pathetic, and you make me sick. I only wish that we could someday meet in real life, and you would be introduced to pain.


On May 2, 2008 at 4:05 am

Thankyou, Tatianna.
Ooh, this Aryan knows grammar! Impressive.
Learn to read, and I might just like you. Note here that I never said that you couldn’t make racist comments — they’re just cowardly ;P
As for your insults? Well. Intriguing.
Considering how detailed they are, how many of them do you know by experience?


On May 2, 2008 at 6:04 am

I agree with sigh and it pisses me off. Responsibility lies with the parents not the products. Most of these people who complain about games being too offensive for whatever reason refuse to take a stand on the issue with their kids. Damn parents don’t wanna take accountability for their damn kids, they want someone else to do it. And instead of forcing parents to take some responsibility and make their own decisions, the goverment decide to scapegoat all of society’s problems on entertainment esp games. Hell some of these people that complain about offensive games flat out buy the products for their kids willingly. So they are either stupid, lazy, pushovers, or hypocrites. They wanna be that way, fine but don’t complain about the horrors of violent games and kids. Last note: for all the talk about banning violent games, none of these concerned parents and politicians are in a hurry to ban guns in this country which sheds real blood and takes real lives needlessly everyday. If that is not hypocricy, I don’t know what is.


On May 2, 2008 at 8:56 am

This is why Barack’s view on games is the correct view. Yes, he may be ‘anti-video game’, but that doesn’t mean he blames the video games. He blames the parents who let their children rot away playing video games for 8 hours+ a day, and degrade their social skills to nothing more than a chat-box and their guild or clan mates. Violence that is video game related (which is still AMAZINGLY low, despite popular, hyper-conservative beliefs) isn’t the video game’s fault, but the fault of the parents who allow their children to zone themselves out to the point where they develop a form of reality dissociative disorder.

All I have to say is that Barack is a very smart person, and knows how to really identify and go after the root of many problems.

(Oh and a note on racism and bigotry–Yes, you have ‘freedom of speech’ guaranteed by the constitution, but that freedom means moot if it’s any form of harassment, which by the way is punishable by law)


On May 2, 2008 at 9:12 am

I hate it when religious and political discussions invade my gaming sites…. :???:

Go Marlins!!!!


On May 2, 2008 at 11:16 am

I hate racism and bigotry as much as any one but keep your arguements out of games. btw aryans suck, blonde hair, blue eyes…so overrated

wow aryans -_-

On May 2, 2008 at 1:44 pm

Ok u nazi idiot obviously u dont know what HUMAN RIGHTS ARE!
and thus are breaking them by spewing out useless comments.

also Bush made it federal law on forums for US citizens not to violate terms and conditions and any laws in place jackass.
thankfully i dont live in the states thus i can swear but i amnt a nazi or a idiot.

also well done on losing ur I.P. address to the feds as this site is one of many monitered forums -_-.


On May 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm

I love the fact I see tons of people bashing white people and yet nobody seems to say anything, somebody makes fun of black people then they are up in arms about it.. which proves racism is a double standard.

For example, Khazzar just said he hates racism and bigotry and yet makes an raciest remark but since its aimed at white people its ok…


On May 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Mustikos, there’s a slight difference between “btw Aryans such, blonde hair, blue eyes… so overrated” and -removed-

Also, Barack’s right here, but I don’t know what he’s going to do about it. It’s not like irresponsible parents in America are going to say, “Look, hun! The president’s telling us to grow up and act like parents! Let’s do that!”


On May 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Yes a slight difference between it but its still raciest no matter how you look for it. On top of that, the person posting the Aryan stuff is probably a non-white person in real life just trying to stir up crap. Plus the quote you used for that guy, what he is saying could be aimed at anybody, sounds just like internet kiddie talk to me. It also goes beyond what is being said in these comments. I see the double standard raciest stuff all the time. Remember don imus? Sure what he said was raciest but a few days later jay leno had an African-American on his show (I can’t remember his name at all) who said he whole heartily agreed with inums… but nobody got in this guys crap about that? Gee I wounder why..

As far as any of the candidates are concern, whoever wins and gets in and focus on anti-gaming as one of their top things to do should be impeached right off the bat. I mean come on, lets put gaming before, the war, economy etc… yeah


On May 4, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Jack Thompson for 08!