No Wonder Obama Can’t Work the Xbox

Political cartoon site TobyToons offers the above illustration as a means to explain President Obama’s continued attacks on videogames and technology.

Just last week the President lamented the current state of technology, stating, “With iPods and iPads, Xboxes and PlayStations, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.”

This follows Obama taking a shot at the Xbox in a 2009 speech, where he stated, “I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.”

Thanks Rodrigo Ybáñez García!

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  1. Nucleic Acids says:

    It just sounds like typical tea-party bitching.

    SMALL GOVERNMENT!!! Never mind that the previous administration ballooned the size of the government, and all the while the average conservative just sat around on their ass.

    LOWER TAXES!!! Keep in mind that HE DID lower taxes already, and the fetishization of "smaller taxes" completely ignores the basic realities of how societies and government function.

    MODERATION!!! HUMILITY!!! The idea that he is some kind of extremist is a rediculous myth, as by the rest of the world’s standards he is on the Center-Right of politicians. It shows how far the Overton Window has moved that Barack Obama is considered a dangerous radical.

    And humility? These same people are the ones who take the attitude of "NEVER APOLOGIZE, NEVER SHOW WEAKNESS" to the rest of the world. Why do they suddenly care that the President personally be humble?

    It’s kind of sad that so many people care so much more about video games, which I whole-heartedly agree with Obama with, than the continued decline of our political structure and social standards.

  2. Flamespeak says:

    I did a write in Stephen Colbert, thank you very much.

    The election before that? Optimus Prime.

    I never vote for the lesser of two evils, because I don’t like voting for evil at all. I still vote though (even though it doesn’t really matter because of electorial colleges and what not) so I can voice my opinion about whoever wins if they do a poor job without some retard rubbing that whole ‘YOU DIDN’T VOTE, SO YOU CAN’T COMPLAIN!’ argument in my face.

  3. Nucleic Acids says:

    Ron Paul and Bob Barr are dangerous lunatics whose ideas would drive America even further into the ground.


    Libertarianism is the biggest crock of shit political philosophy in existance.

  4. chadachada321 says:

    All of you that didn’t vote for Ron Paul in the primaries and Bob Barr or Ron Paul in the national election are just helping bipartisanship ruin this country even more. Just saying.

    Even if you don’t agree that the federal government should be Libertarian-sized, we need to at least head in that direction until we’re spending less than TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS IN A FREAKING YEAR.

    -Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

  5. Austin_Lewis says:

    You’re right, we’re much better off with Biden as VP and an idiot as president.  Biden voted for and helped write the DMCA.

  6. tallimar says:

    as someone whom had voted in favor of the DMCA, would you really want mccain in office right now anyways?

  7. jedidethfreak says:

    You didn’t really think he wouldn’t be, did you?

    I just think it’s hilarious that so many people voted for him because "he isn’t Bush."  They’re right.  He’s his mirror image – exactly the same, but different at the same time.

    With the first link, the chain is forged.

  8. F__ked up says:

    Your a f**king dumbass moron.

    Here is some proof

    Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950

    Amid complaints about high taxes and calls for a smaller government, Americans paid their lowest level of taxes last year since Harry Truman’s presidency, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data found. Some conservative political movements such as the "Tea Party" have criticized federal spending as being out of control. While spending is up, taxes have fallen to exceptionally low levels. Federal, state and local income taxes consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010. "The idea that taxes are high right now is pretty much nuts," says Michael Ettlinger, head of economic policy at the liberal Center for American Progress. The real problem is spending,counters Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, which organizes Tea Party groups. "The money we borrow is going to be paid back through taxation in the future," he says.


    Here the raw data Bureau of Economic Analysis

    Here is more proof


    Despite these problems of data definition, the headline’s claim about 2009 being a year of historically low taxes isn’t far off. Tax Freedom Day, which is calculated by taking total taxes divided by a broad income measure, NNP (which is somewhat close to personal income), had a rate of about 26.6 percent in 2009, which was the lowest since 1959.


    "We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families."

    The key word in his statement is "working." Obama’s claim is based on a tax cut intended to offset payroll taxes. Under the stimulus bill, single workers got $400, and working couples got $800. The Internal Revenue Service issued new guidelines to reduce withholdings for income tax, so many workers saw a small increase in their checks in April 2009. The tax cut was part of Obama’s campaign promises. During the campaign, Obama said he wanted $500 for each worker and $1,000 for working couples. Since the final number was a bit less than he promised, we rated his promise a Compromise on our Obameter, where we rate Obama’s campaign promises for fulfillment. During the campaign, the independent Tax Policy Center researched how Obama’s tax proposals would affect workers. It concluded 94.3 percent of workers would receive a tax cut under Obama’s plan based on the tax credit to offset payroll taxes. According to the analysis, the people who wouldn’t get a tax cut are those who make more than $250,000 for couples or $200,000 for a single person. Obama said he intended to raise taxes on those high earners, a promise he reiterated during the State of the Union, and that revenue would offset the stimulus tax cut. Because the stimulus act did give that broad-based tax cut to workers, we rate Obama’s statement True.

    Record Numbers of People Paying No Income Tax; Over 50 Million "Nonpayers" Include Families Making over $50,000

    Over the past two decades, Washington lawmakers have increasingly turned to the tax code to deliver social benefits, incentivize behaviors, and funnel money to targeted groups, which they always refer to as "helping the middle class." These measures have not only added complexity to an already Byzantine tax system, they have also eliminated the income tax obligation for millions of tax filers and their families. As a result, a record 51.6 million tax filers—36 percent of all filers—had little or no connection with the basic costs of government in 2008. Tax years 2009 and 2010 are likely to produce a number of nonpayers equal to or greater than in 2008 because of Obama’s new tax credits targeted at lower- and middle-income taxpayers. As the number of refundable tax credits continues to grow, more and more tax filers are seeing the IRS as a source of income, not something to which taxes are paid. The consequences of these trends deserve a broader national discussion than either party in Washington seems willing to engage in.


    Now get your head out your ass or do you like the smell of your own shit?


    “The only way to comprehend what mathematicians mean by Infinity is to contemplate the extent of human stupidity.” ~ Voltaire

    “The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others” ~ Tibetan Proverb

    “America is not an elephant. For one thing, elephants never forget, whereas Americans don’t really know much to begin with. Ninety per cent of them can’t pick out their hometown on an unmarked map”

    “Stupidity should be painful.”

  9. Cerabret100 says:

    There are much better ways to take the stupid out of the gene pool than not telling them the dangers of being a complete and total lazy ass.

  10. jedidethfreak says:

    So, you aren’t a Darwinist, I take it?

    With the first link, the chain is forged.

  11. Cerabret100 says:

    me? no, i’m in college, i know the dangers of gaming too much, but considering the stupidity of a big portion of the population…it’s probably best he does.

  12. Bennett Beeny says:

    Every president tells us the bleeding obvious. That’s partly what they’re there for.

  13. Austin_Lewis says:

    Everything you just said is a lie. 

    Taxes this year went up for the majority of taxpayers (note I said taxpayers, not people who don’t pay taxes/people who pay barely any taxes and get triple in return).

    His administration is less transparent than the last one.

    His promises have been broken left and right, and he even broke promises in forcing Health care ‘reform’ on the people.  If you recall, he promised that he wouldn’t make an individual mandate when he was debating Hillary Clinton. 

    You’re a moron.

  14. vellocet says:

    Not just that… the cartoon is wrong.  

    Taxes for most people were lower last year.

    His administration is WAY more transparent than the previous one.

    He’s been keeping or working on keeping his promises (even at the expense of his political clout – see healthcare reform)


  15. Flamespeak says:

    I don’t agree really. The vast majority of what is considered necessary knowledge in school is pure trivia anywhere else but that particular classroom for the vast majority of the students attending.

    In terms of the world news and such being more of a distraction and a form of entertainment, the major news sources are to blame for that more than anything else. Some celebrity gets into trouble and there will be that story taking center stage while a ticker at the bottom of the screen might mention some soldiers being beheaded in Iraq.


  16. Conejo says:

    "With iPods and iPads, Xboxes and PlayStations, information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.” -Obama

    you know what? i agree.  i love the hell out of my diversions and entertainment, but he’s right.

    Here are we — and yonder yawns the universe.

  17. Bigman-K says:

    Yeah, that’s what I thought to. Obama is no less of a puppet president then Bush was. Sure he’s a more eloquent speaker and he’s not near as evil but the guy’s still a puppet for the special and corporate interest groups all the same.

     "No law means no law" – Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

  18. hayabusa75 says:

    After looking closer at the buttons in the second panel, it seems like the cartoon has a lot more to do with the other issues than his stance on videogaming and technology.

    I laughed, in any case.

    "De minimus non curat lex"

  19. Bennett Beeny says:

    Is "don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox" really ‘taking a shot at the Xbox’? Really?

    I see myself as a big Xbox360 fan and I don’t advocate spending every waking hour in front of the Xbox either. Like Obama, I also regard the Xbox as a form of entertainment rather than a tool of empowerment. Crazy, huh!

    I guess all this time I’ve been fooling myself. I must actually be a harsh critic of the Xbox360.

    Now what to do with all those games I’ve foolishly bought for it?

    Is there really no better news than this? I mean when the only ‘news’ GP can come up with is to make a few ill-thought-out comments on a third rate cartoon, well I guess we’ve hit a new low.

  20. Kojiro says:

    Not funny.

    And regarding "President Obama’s continued attacks on videogames and technology": nonsense.  That’s sensationalist reporting GP, shame on you.  Obama has never attacked gaming.  He only encourages kids to get of their ass, which they should!

  21. Cerabret100 says:

    well i can’t really argue against putting down the controller and doing your damn homework. It sucks i wish i could waste the entire day gaming, but it isn’t gonna happen.

  22. ShayGuy says:

    This isn’t the kind of game criticism most often seen here. This is less "corrupting our children, must ban" and more "sure, it can be damn useful for getting stuff done, but that stuff HAS TO GET DONE." Or "books first, THEN games."

    EDIT: This was supposed to be in reply to TaoJeannes above.

    Lord, grant me the strength to finish what I

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