GamePolitics speculated yesterday as to whether Barack Obama’s highly-publicized video game ads might come up in last night’s Presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York. They didn’t, but that’s only because Republican John McCain missed a perfect opportunity to get some mileage out of Obama’s Xbox Live ads.
Toward the end of the debate the topic of education came up. At that point Obama delivered, word-for-word, a theme he has repeatedly mentioned in his campaign speeches:
Parents are going to have to show more responsibility. They’ve got to turn off the TV set, put away the video games, and, finally, start instilling that thirst for knowledge that our students need.
Not that Obama is necessarily wrong in this view, but his citing of games as a metaphor for underachievement offered McCain an opportunity to score some debate points by turning the issue around on Obama. If McCain had pressed the Illinois senator as to why, given his earlier comments, the Democrat was in turn buying ad time in video games, Obama might have been faced with a sticky situation.
Since my beloved Phillies advanced to the World Series last night, I’ll couch this in baseball terminology: McCain failed to swing at a hanging curve ball. Was he not aware of the video game ad issue? That would be hard to fathom, since the story – broken here on GamePolitics – has been all over the mainstream media in the last few days.