This quote by Presidential candidate Barack Obama apparently resonates strongly with two different crowds in two totally different ways.
For someone like me – who can’t stand the fact that millions of people around the world are obsessed with video games and who also thinks that 99% of stuff they air on TV is intended to turn its viewers into capitalistic marketing zombies – I think he’s got a great message.
However, there is quite a bit of outrage from the gaming crowd as is evidenced by a simple Google search of “obama gameboy”. One gamer comments: “He sounds like a total f**k-wit that’s totally out of touch with reality. He’d make a great president!” Another one writes: “He just lost all the gamers votes… *Shakes head* I was going to vote for him too…”
I am pretty impressed, however. Instead of sounding like a tool of Corporatist America like our current Preznit who says we should all “go shopping” to help recover from such disasters as 9/11, Obama dares to try to shake people out of their slumber. He actually suggests that people turn off their video games and TV! What a rebel! What a breath of fresh air! Almost reminds me of another feisty populist candidate who became a rockstar politician named Howard Dean.
Unfortunately, I fear that “The Powers That Be” in this country will not let a black man who encourages citizens to ‘wake up’ and think for themselves and get active in civic life run for President on a major party’s ticket… maybe on the Rainbow or Green party ticket but not a party that can actually win!! Heaven’s no!
So I am officially predicting that Obama will not win the Democratic nomination. Expect there to be a huge smear campaign and an outrageous media circus amplifying false allegations or unconfirmed rumors or a controversial statement or action (remember Dean’s scream?) He’ll be fun for a while. The media will get ratings for several months. Eventually, however, they will put the dagger in – metaphorically speaking of course – ending any hope Obama had of ascending to the Presidency.
I hope I am wrong. Time will tell.