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

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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    Austin_Lewis says:

    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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    Monte says:

    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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    Paladin says:

    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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    Zerodash says:

    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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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    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…..


    uhg…you know tis tiring to be pisy all the time….but then…..it only makes you more pissy…. 0-o


    Gore,Violence,Sexauilty,Fear,Emotion these are but modes of transportation of story and thought, to take them from society you create a society of children and nannys, since adults are not required.


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    catboy_j says:

    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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