President Barack Obama is once again tossing the old Xbox under the bus, naming Microsoft's console in a speech to schoolchildren today, implying it might interfere with their education. Or maybe this is just smart product placement...

In a peppy speech that focused on promoting education and personal responsibility, Obama made brief mention of Microsoft's console efforts. "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," Obama said today, according to prepared remarks offered by the White House.

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Oh sure, first he doesn't want us to become ever-softening sloths by exercising instead of sitting on the couch all day, controller in hand. Now he wants us to study and not play our Xboxes even more, an inalienable right outlined the Constitution (probably). I'll check. But it sounds like we might have a fanboy in the White House. After all, he is a Wii man.

At the very least, the President's comments about the console helps illustrate its popularity, giving this generation its blanket console name, as confirmed at the highest levels of government.

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Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama - Back to School Event [Whitehouse.gov]