Repeating a theme that he frequently touched upon during his 2008 election campaign, President Barack Obama has once again referenced video games as a metaphor for academic underachievement.
In a Father’s Day message published in Parade, Obama writes:
We need to set limits and expectations. We need to replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done… We need to tell our sons, Those songs on the radio may glorify violence, but in our house, we find glory in achievement, self-respect, and hard work.
Interestingly, the Parade feature is Obama’s third mention of video games in the last 10 days. On June 11th he told an audience in Wisconsin:
The world has gotten competitive. The Chinese, the Indians, they’re coming at us and they’re coming at us hard, and they’re hungry, and they’re really buckling down.
And they watch – their kids watch a lot less TV than our kids do, play a lot fewer video games, they’re in the classroom a lot longer.
Last Monday the President mentioned games during a speech to the American Medical Association in Chicago:
[Preventive care] starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children. It means… raising our children to step away from the video games and spend more time playing outside.