Obama's Exclusive Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes Congressional Game Biz Critics

February 1, 2009 -

Between the food, the football, the commercials and the schmoozing, it's unlikely that the topic of video game regulation will come up at President Barack Obama's White House Super Bowl party this evening.

But if it does, at least two of the Congressional types on his small, bipartisan guest list have some background on the issue.

In December, 2007 Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) stood with Dr. David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and Family as Walsh zinged the video game industry for what he referred as "an ominous backslide."

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who is known for almost never missing a vote, proposed a 2005 Congressional resolution directing the FTC to investigate the Hot Coffee scandal. In 2006 he sponsored the  Video Game Decency Act, a piece of legislation which ultimately failed to pass.

Perhaps more interesting than the (admittedly unlikely) video game angle is trying to decipher the formula used by the Prez in determining his guest list:

  • 11 Democrats, 4 Republicans
  • 5 from Pennsylvania (Steelers?)
  • 2 from Arizona (Cardinals?)
  • 1 from Illinois (Obama's old Senate partner)
  • 1 each from Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan, DC, Alabama, Connecticut and New Hampshire

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Re: Obama's Exclusive Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes

So he didn't invite any of the thousands of people freezing to death in Kentucky? I mean, he's sure dragging his feet even acknowleding that people are dying over there, the least he could do is invite them over to his house that heated to a nice, toasty 77 degrees. After all, the rest of us aren't allowed to heat our houses up like that. Europe doesn't allow it, donchewknow.

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Actually with a quick look around on news sights, Obama supposedly has responded to what's going on over there and they are getting federal aid... the governer and a lot of Kentuckians are supposedly pleased with his timely responce and thankful for the aid (atleast the ones who have power or some other way of getting online to comment); though there are other sites mentioing the displeasuer and slow moving aid aswell... typical media i supposed, black and white coverage instead of that shade of gray that represents the reality of the situation...

it still sucks over there, but just because federal aid is coming doesn't mean the sitituation will be done with over night... i think one of the problems i've heard is that there is a lack of equiptment for dealing with ice storms down in the sought and that's really slowing down things. I imagine a lot of equitement would need to be shipped in from other states.... they'd be better at dealing with this stuff in the north, but down south they got much less equitpment on hand.

grant it, i only took a quick look around and their aren't a lot of details... didn't look into it all that throughouly... kinda need to look deeper into these things... so yeah...

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I don't know how pleased they are when they're begging for aid just yesterday, what with no federal help yet.  Hell, they had to use their own national guard to help clear roads, dig people out of cars, and other ridiculous shit. 

Of course, its the whole 'just because federal aid is coming doesn't mean the sitituation will be done with over night' train of thought I find most hilarious; people are saying this now, but I don't recall them saying it during Katrina, which was actually the local government's fucking fault.

Also, Kentucky isn't far enough south that they don't have equipment for heavy snow and ice.  I don't know where you heard about that 'problem', but I was just in state yesterday and didn't hear about it from any first responders.

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Oh man, why doesn't FEMA go to Kentucky?  It seems like they're unprepared to me.

Re: Obama's Exclusive Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes

I suppose Obama is hoping <sniker> Global Warming <sniker> will take care of it so he doesn't have to.

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Were we not promised anti-games legislation from Obama?  A certain far-right Republican (who undoubetly has the president's ear...in his own mind) we all know and love said so!   Maybe this is the beginning...or not.

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It's not going to happen, Read Dennis response "It's highly unlikely that it will happen"

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Obama's Exclusive Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes

Dude, it's called sarcasm.

"There is no sin except stupidity." - Oscar Wilde

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Obama's Exclusive Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes

What, no representation from Biden's home state of Delaware???

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

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ahem, Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania(he's the only Delaware Senator/Vice President of the United states to attend the superbowl party)

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Obama's Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes Congressional

It's highly unlikely That the Topic of Video game regulation would come up

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Obama's Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes Congressional

Theya re sports fans they wont even talka botu the econmy during this time.....

Lets count and see if Bama takes as many vacations as bushy did.....

  

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Re: Obama's Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes Congressional

Very, very true PHX. Along that line, note the tags for the article.

But if it did...  GP has you covered.

Re: Obama's Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes Congressional

you made a new tag just for this article :)

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He's a big sports fan...

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Re: Obama's Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes Congressional

I also think it's indicative of his youth (or at least shows his relevance to the youth) when the President decides to throw a Super Bowl party.

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Re: Obama's Super Bowl Party Guest List Includes Congressional

The president gets a super bowl party? Is this because the super bowl is big, or does he get to have 1 party for any sport or telivision event he pleases?

 
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