As GamePolitics noted on several occasions, using video games as a metaphor for academic underachievement was a staple of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign speeches.
The Prez rolled out the same language last night in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Speaking about his administration’s approach to education, Obama said:
These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children. But it is up to us to ensure they walk through them. In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a mother or father who will attend those parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework after dinner, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, and read to their child. I speak to you not just as a president, but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home.
A CNN poll reports that 65% of respondents gave the President favorable marks for the speech. NPR has a full transcript of the President’s remarks.