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Obama mentions videogames!

Controversially suggests parents parent.

US President Barack Obama has argued that not letting our children play videogames all day might be healthier than letting our children play videogames all day.

Speaking to the American Medical Association, Obama had been talking about "preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place", GamePolitics reports, when he said:

"That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children. It means quitting smoking, going in for that mammogram or colon cancer screening. It means going for a run or hitting the gym, and raising our children to step away from the videogames and spend more time playing outside."

This isn't the first time Obama has vaguely mentioned games in connection with suggesting parents do some parenting, either. Back in February he pointed out that video games aren't brilliantly conducive to kids doing their homework.

"In the end, there is no programme 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," he said. "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."

There's probably some broader point to be made here, but we're just so excited he's talking about us - even if he's mainly talking about how we're fat and stupid. Can he be our president too?

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