Obama: Last Game I Played Was Pong

If Barack Obama doesn’t seem especially conversant with GTA IV, Madden or Fallout 3, there’s a reason for that:

The last video game he played was… Pong.

The Democratic contender said as much in an Entertainment Weekly interview which probed his pop culture habits:

EW: What’s the last videogame you played?


Obama: Pong. That gives you a sense of my age. I loved that game.



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  1. oto kirlama says:

    Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it’s due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA’s Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there’s no one left on the Board.

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.


  2. oto kirlama says:

    Gallagher can araç kiralama say all he wants, but I strongly rent a car believe it’s due to his crappy leadership and E3 being a joke. ESA’s Board of Directors need to find a way to get out rent a car of this horrid contract with this Bush cronie before there’s no one left on the Board.

    Btw, I think Atari and Midway will drop out too, but mostly travesti because  these guys have done nothing ttnet vitamin or little and need to start saving costs.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Seems to me that this is a ploy for Obama to convince voters that he is "experienced," especially with that age remark.

  4. Austin_Lewis says:

    You seem to ignore that the American Owned offhsore-drilling rigs we have only work at 25% capacity right now, meaning they could generate an extra 300%. 

  5. Austin_Lewis says:

    Many states don’t have nuclear plants, relying instead on outdated coal plants that pollute more than a nuclear plant. 
    And here’s the secret to building a power plant: GET THE FRENCH TO DESIGN IT.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So they say that sarcasm is the ultimate level of humor, but they (those of lessor humor or intellegence, debate amongts yourself the prior statment) say it is the lowest form. Whatever. First off, if video games are making killers, and then the killers proir where made by what? Something more then you can figure out. What is the IQ limit for posting? BTW, anyone know what the IQ of our current President is? I bet there is a one in 8000 chance you are wrong. Why? because that is how much smarter his IQ is then the average. Does that make you mad? Sorry. Facts tend to make people mad. Get over it. Getting over it actually makes for happiness. You want proof? Are your parents together? No? Sorry. Am I reallY? No. I guess I was lucky enough to have two parents that got that comprimise makes a relationship. Oh, by the way, relationship… compromise… Government…. if you’re still not following, go back to square one and don’t enter the conversation till you understand how to talk to adults.  Quick. Seriously. Are you still trying to figure out how to flame me? Damn your dumb. But I guess the fact that you spent 30 min coming up with an answer will make you feel better. Dumb butt hehe, fell better the next time you jack off dumb ass. (aka… I bet McCaine has at least played tetris, but I guess we will find out when either one of the Candidates puts us all out of business.)

  7. CraftyCharlie says:

    jack thompson, considering you give out so much crap to all these people yet what you dont realise is that people atchually ENJOY (emphisizing the word enjoy) playing these games and socialising with people across the world  getting to meet new people even some people can earn money out of gaming that can help them buy things, there are so many people out there that arent really talented such as sports or maths or watever it is yet en it comes to gaming they get that remote in their hands and all concentration in that persons mind goes into their talent GAMING .its not a unhealthy as u say it is or w.e. gaming is an extraordinary way of enhancing a persons memory without even realising think about it with me a gamer plays on averge 4 differant multiplayer maps an hour lets say and they need to remember for example.. they need to remember wat guns to use, wat tactics to use and also where the best spots are for getting kills and such and then you can get someone that never even plays games or anything that cant remeber something that was said to them 5 fucking minutes ago seriously jack thompson get a life this may be your hobby but its really time you started thinking about getting a new one. you dumb fuckwit.


  8. Paul T. Farinelli says:

    @Jack Thompson

    Ha, as if Barack Obama even knows you/gives a shit who you are. Grow up and get a life, dirt bag.

  9. T5 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Been reading the transcript actually

    You seem to have trouble articulating these points, sure repeating them is one thing but Energy rebates you say, what the Senator said was that he would redistribute the profits of oil companies.  He is talking about transforming the economy off oil in ten years. Does the senator knwo how we get oil in the reserves for instance? 

    " In addition, we’ll find safer ways to use nuclear power and store nuclear waste." says the Senator, what is he talking about look at France, replace this sentence with "I will make building nuclear power plants a more attractive option" and you’ve got something but this, which is the only mention of nuclear power in the speech, says and means nothing. 

    As for drilling it is not the only solution (http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2005/RAND_MG414.pdf please to read if you would) but it is inarguably a step in the right direction.  At least congress is hard at work on the problem…oh…


    It is clear that we will not agree on Obama, though I do enjoy the debate, but socailism and idealism are not solutions and neither are platitudes. 

    I will give you that the media did spend too much time talking about the tire comment (though it was telling) the fact that this speech shows Obama’s inability to understand market forces is a much better talking point. 


  10. Grombar says:

    T5, you asked for specifics, and there they are, in that Youtube link in the last post. He talks about offshore drilling at the 6:30 mark, and continues discussing it throughout his presentation. He discusses energy rebates at 8:40. He talks about methods for short-term oil relief at 9:00, designed to hold us over until we segue over to more renewable sources. He talks about using petroleum from the strategic oil reserve to buy less expensive crude. He talks about where else in the country we can drill at the 10:00 mark. He details a comprehensive, long-term plan starting at 11:30.

    T5, there are 33 minutes’ worth of specific details right there. Why not look at them?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Interesting how you seem to be ignoring that off shore drilling will take more then a decade and likely be exhausted inside of 1 year at our current rate of consumption.

  12. T5 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What in Obama’s plan creates new energy, most of it is pie in the sky, where it the talk of drilling, nuclear and that lot the man is running for president here.  the comment about tires really displays a level of arrogance, people know to keep their tires inflated.  

    As for Roberts and Alito this was more so a comment on his views on the judiciary as a whole when he says things like:

    "We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old–and that’s the criterion by which I’ll be selecting my judges." 

    it is cause for concern and criticism judges are supposed to be dispassioned. 

    as for "End the age of oil in our time"? it is unrealistic and dangerous, the country runs on oil.  Frankly we do need more coal power, nuke and natural gas but we cannot discount the importance of oil as flipantly as the Senator does.  But it is much more chic to demonizes "Big Oil"

    in summary his posistion is not informed it is idealistic at best and ignorant at worst. 

  13. Shih Tzu says:

    Ah, journalism!

    It’s to be expected for Entertainment Weekly, I guess, but I wish our so-called news outlets didn’t sound so similar.  95% of political campaign coverage is garbage, a whole lot of noise drowning out any real analysis and discussions of policy.  I swear to God I’m not making this up: just a week ago the Wall Street Journal wasted 30 paragraphs analyzing whether Obama was too out of touch with the American public because he’s SKINNY.

    We get the media we deserve, I guess.

  14. Shih Tzu says:

    Inflate get tune ups?  You mean the consumer advice on car maintenance he included as part of a speech on dealing with the energy crisis?  The suggestion about which John McCain said, “Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should inflate our tires. I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it"?  Advice also promoted by the crazy left-wing liberals at nascar.com?

    That’s only an Obama gaffe if you’re the GOP and you’re desperate for a silly non-issue to occupy the media for a few days, and so you trumpet a snippet of sensible advice as "Obama’s energy policy."

  15. SimonBob says:

    Seems more like EW is trying to position themselves as "hip" by asking questions about video games.  They also asked him some hard-hitters like "Who controls the remote in your house?" and "If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be?"

    The Mammon Industry

  16. Anonymous says:

    So Obama is trieing to hide that his politcal experince is 140 something days as a senetor by trying to make himself seem older?

  17. Anonymous says:

    I don’t believe him for a moment.  I’ve never had reason to doubt anything he’s said before (not that I’ve been paying any attention) but I bet this is cast into doubt within the week.

  18. T5 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    i can only answer for myself, but quotes like his guns = bitter remark, inflate get tune ups, posistion on judges Roberts and Alito and his waffeling on drilling lead me to belive that the man rarely ever knows what he is talking about.

    If I may flip the question what makes you think he does know what he is talking about?

  19. Anonymous says:

    EW: What’s the last videogame you played?

    Obama: Pong. That gives you a sense of my age. I loved that game.


    My grandpa (76) plays Guild Wars and Halo.  And you think you’re old?

  20. Salen says:

    Hey, maybe we gamers here at GP could help send Obama a nice care package of video games he’s missed out on. I figure we should probably start with an Atari 2600. I’m thinking the Air/Land/Sea game would be a good first game. I mean, wait till Obama gets to see how advanced our military is with their bouncing tank shells!

  21. Anonymous says:

    The thing I see here is a slight hypocracy on Obama’s part.  He tries to play the "hip and young" presidnential candidate who knows and empathizes with today’s youth.  That being said, a statement like this, as well as other statments like "get away from the videogames and go outside," contradict this very image he tries to paint for himself.

    Then again…this is a presidential election, so he probably wouldn’t even be on the ballot if he wasn’t already a hypocrite.  I just wish both parties didn’t have their heads up their asses and we would have a better pair of hypocrites to choose from.

  22. jadedcritic says:

    On one hand, I honestly don’t care.  I don’t expect commander in chief to be a gamer, it’s not part of the job description/relevant to the job.  Even if he was sneaking in WoW on the side, he couldn’t possibly admit it publicly.  It would cost him huge against older staunch moral conservatives;  Frankly, that’s exactly the voting block he’s trying to get away from McCain.  So even if he did game, I’d be dissapointed if he was dumb enough to admit it publicly.  Hide behind your gamertag dude, that’s what they’re there for!

  23. Voter says:

    I’d much rather he was a constitutional scholar than a Halo 3 addict. Plus, Pong was pretty damn awesome.

  24. TheGreg says:

    Yes, that IS out of date. However to be honest, it has little bearing on his fitness to be a president. I doubt President Bush uses a computer more than once every blue moon. (Not a jab at his intelligence, i just doubt he has a lot of use for it.)

  25. M. Carusi says:

    That’s still better than McCain.  He’s basically admitted that he has no idea how to use a modern computer.  I can’t even begin to talk about how out of date that is.

    Michael Carusi

    Capitol Gaming


  26. mogbert says:

    Quick, someone get together a campeign controbution of BreakOut. From there, Mine Sweeper, then Spider Solitare…

    After that, we hit him with the heavy stuff… Bejeweled. He will be OURS!!!

  27. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dude, when both of the choices suck…  That is like asking me, do you want to get kicked in the balls so hard that it hurts for a week or your big toe broken by it getting jammed into something and it hurts for a week. Or maybe you just want to say screw you guys, I am staying clear of this mess because I get nothing good out of either situation. 

    I voted last time and knew what would happen if either person won.  This election is even worse than that one.  We are talking about one guy who will go at war with Iran within a year no matter what and barely knows what a computer is, and a guy that wants to make healthcare universal when you already have to wait 3 hours in the ER with a major injury life altering, though not life threatening.

    I rather not live, than me and 5 people be gimps for the rest of our lives.  Sorry, but I believe in sacrafice of the few to the betterment of the whole.  (And survivel of the fittest, it is how man came to be where we are today, might as well keep that idea alive.)

    If I equally support both people, and equally hate both people.  Then I hurt nor help either vote wise for both people by not voting at all.  I think they are equally troubling, and equally helpful.  I don’t mind admitting to partial responsibility for a bad choice, I have for the past 4 years, haha. 

    Back then my idea was, make the guy who guy us into the mess suffer through cleaning it up, or some idiot that wants to jump out of the fire and repeat what we did in the philines.  I choose America taking responsibility for our actions of getting into Iraq in the first place.  Screw the oil and all of that mess, we dont need it if people over here would wise up on the fact that solar and wind are more than ready to take care of ALL of our power needs, and at a reasonble price that will become even more reasonable as more people invest in it.

    I would have voted for someone totally different in the primaries if I was in the the earlier states instead of one of the last ones.  It turned into a joke, and now we are repeating the last election over again of 2 horrid people to select between.  I feel like I keep reliving SouthPark episode 119.  Al Gore wasn’t an outstanding choice either at the time, and though he supports some good ideas now, he is partially insane.  I know of no one that has researched into the stuff he is talking about for more than 6 months come out and say, you know what, this really is a problem that is absolutely our fault.   Maybe this stuff is coming a year or even 2 ealier than it should, and maybe in 50 years it is 10 years earlier than it should have, but it still would have happened no matter what.

    In the end, I support absolutely no politician for a reason, and if you knew some of the things these D-bags do.  These guys lie to the American people to make their actions sound good, when if you would look at it outside of the little box, you would realize these guys are doing some pretty bad things.  Obama is right, this country needs change.  I choose for us to adapt our government, is was made to do so from the start, and never did adapt, just grew in number of greed bastards who care more of their wallet than of the poeple.  It needs to chance to the same concepts and ideas of what the American government was suppose to be from the start.  Our forefathers would be pissed beyond hell at where we are today.

    This country is 80% republic and 20% democracy if that…  While it is suppose to be 20/80.  It is nearly impossible to ever be a 100% democracy, but we are not even striving for that goal.

    Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. ~Franklin

    I might complain a lot, but at least while I am doing so I am not only planning but normally taking action on trying to improve the situation I am complaining about.  Even scarier, I am normally ahead of the curve.  I have a feeling everyone is going to be all over it later on, and people are really going to hate why it hits the fan.

  28. Anonymous ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    People who don’t vote are losers who’d rather whine about how crappy everything is and pretend like they’re not responsible for it.

  29. DeepThorn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Holy hell, I might actually vote!  I never say or heard about that before.  Thank you man!  Damn, I don’t feel so bad about our government all of the sudden.  There may be a chance of hope.  Only a 3% chance, but a chance none the less that we are not screwed absolutely by our government.

    Okay, that actually puts me in a better mood today even.  That’s kind of sad, but after listening to these politicians spout out their BS, even though I wouldnt doubt if he said that just for gamer votes, it is hard to stay positive, especially since they typlically play toward the stupid people in America who buy into anything they say.  (Since the TV said it, it must be true…)

  30. DeepThorn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I don’t know where you got that from, because he has never said anything like that at all that I have seen.  He is 1000 times better than Hillary, but that isn’t saying much.  and 300 times better than McCain that doesn’t know how to even use a computer…  arg…  so yeah…  I want to have primaries redone.  McCain and Obama are not good enough for me to vote for either.

  31. Twin-Skies ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Agreed. The JT I know would have included:

    1. Manhunt in that list

    2. Two entire paragraphs explaining his distorted interpretation of so-and-so psychological report from 2005 that he says links violent games to violence in kids

    3. His past (non-existent) legal victories in his never-ending crusade against games.

    4. Some derogatory remarks towards us.

    5. Some parting shot at Dennis.

  32. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Um, dude, that one’s a joke post, whose IP may or may not be banned anyway. JT is too self-centered to go by the name ‘wackjob jack,’ and i highly doubt he even knows Lesiure Suit Larry EXISTS, let alone enough to replace him with Halpin.

  33. TheGreg says:

    I know you are trying to be agravating and (to your own self) funny, however I would LOVE to play Leisure Suit hal Halpin. Especially if it was made by Rockstar/T2.


    Odd how some people didn’t play video games *cough*Mr.Thompson*cough* and yet failed the bar exam the first time around, since obviously video games are the only thing that cuase a person to do poorly in school. *rolls eyes*

  34. wackjob jack says:

    This is why Mr. Obama did well in school.  He didn’t waste his time playing mental masturbation games like GTA, Doom, or Leisure Suit Hal Halpin.  Jack Thompson

  35. Pominator says:

    … The last game I played was pong, internet flash games people!

    Is our friend here actually the one and only or just another person trying to get a rise out of it?

    Your soul is a tasty refreshing treat to ones such as I

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