Kids Tell Obama They Want Games For Christmas

Kotaku brings you this rush transcript, via CNN, of American children telling a befuddled Barack Obama what they really want for Christmas: DSi, PSP, PS3. We are scrambling to figure out, however, if Obama thinks "sins" is a DSi game.

From a Monday meeting of President Barack Obama and a group of children eager to tell him what they wanted for Christmas, as roughly transcribed by CNN:

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Anybody want to tell me what they're asking for Christmas from Santa?

What are you going to get?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: An iPod.

OBAMA: An iPod?

Is that right?

What kind of music are you going to listen to on the iPod?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: A lot.

OBAMA: Like what kind — what — what — who do you...

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Rap music.

OBAMA: Rap music?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.

OBAMA: Is that right?

OK. All right.

What are you — what — what are you going to get?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: An Apple.

OBAMA: You want an Apple?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: No, the Apple — like the Apple Touch. I want one of those.

OBAMA: Oh, is that like a...

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: It's like an iPod?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: No.

OBAMA: That's not like an iPod?

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: It's a phone.

OBAMA: It's a phone. It's like an iPhone.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: It's a touch screen.

OBAMA: It's a touch screen. That's why you need it.

Yes, what are you looking for?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

OBAMA: Oh, that is — I love that Harry Potter books.

Now, which one is that?

Is that like...

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: The last one.

OBAMA: That's the last one?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.

OBAMA: So you've got the first six already?

You already read them?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.

OBAMA: It's really good, isn't it?

I love that Harry Potter. I sure do. Malia and I used to read that every night until we read through the whole series...

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: My daughter — all seven of them.

So how about you?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I would like a DSI.

OBAMA: What's a DSI?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: It's a Nin — it's a Nintendo game that you play.

OBAMA: OK.

Does it have a bunch of different games on there like Sins and all that stuff?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.

OBAMA: Yes. Sasha likes those, too.

All right, how about you?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: A PSP.

OBAMA: A PSP?

Is that — that's another kind of game thing?

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: ...portable.

OBAMA: Oh, OK.

How about you?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I would like Blow TV and a — a DSI.

OBAMA: Jeesh. OK.

And what about you?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: A PSP.

OBAMA: A PSP?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.

OBAMA: Now, let me ask you a question here, guys.

Whatever happened to like asking for a bike?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I already have one.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I have one.

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: Everybody has already got a bike.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Everybody has...

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: ...for walking.

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I have three dirt bikes and I have a bike.

OBAMA: You have three dirt bikes?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes. And I have a (INAUDIBLE).

OBAMA: Goodness.

Yes, what do you think ?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I want a Playstation 3.

OBAMA: OK. All right.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Me?

OBAMA: Yes. UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: A cell phone.

OBAMA: You want a cell phone?

Who are you going to call?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Everybody.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: And my family and my friends.

OBAMA: Your friends and family?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes. Yes.

OBAMA: What are you going to say to them?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: How are you doing?

OBAMA: How are you doing?

But don't you — you're seeing your family and friends all the time.

Why do you need a cell phone?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Because you can call.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Because like on the weekends and stuff...

(CROSSTALK)

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I just want one.

OBAMA: Yes?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.

OBAMA: Well, can — can I say this — can I say this, though, guys?

I think one thing that's important to remember is that, you know, even though there's a lot of fun to Christmas...

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: ...you know, you've got — especially when it's snowy like this, the — you know, so it's pretty outside. You've got the Christmas tree. You've got the Christmas cookies. You've got — you've got presents. You know, I think that the most important thing is just to remember why we celebrate Christmas, which is...

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Ooh. Ooh.

(CROSSTALK)

OBAMA: Do you know? UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: The birth of baby Jesus.

OBAMA: The birth of baby Jesus. And the — and what he symbolizes for people all around the world is — is the possibility of peace and people treating each other with respect. And so I just hope that spirit of giving that's so important to Christmas, I hope that all of you guys remember that, as well. You know, it's not just about getting a gift, but it's also about doing something for other people.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I know.

OBAMA: So, you know, being nice to your mum and dad and grandma and aunties and showing respect to people, that's really important, too.

That's part of the Christmas spirit, don't you think ?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.


Comments

    Ahem.

    Hahahahahahaha!

    That's hilarious!

    Let me point this out:

    OBAMA: Oh, that is — I love that Harry Potter books.

    Now, which one is that?

    Is that like…

    UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: The last one.

    OBAMA: That’s the last one?

    UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Yes.

    ...

    OBAMA: It’s really good, isn’t it?

    I love that Harry Potter. I sure do. Malia and I used to read that every night until we read through the whole series…

    And yet he didn't know what the last book in the series was.

    Go Obama.

      He did know exactly how many books there were in the series though.

    We play Sins but Jeebus will save us!

    Feel kinda sorry for obama, he seemed so clueless. Reminded me a bit of Dubya.

    Kinda shows how little time he spends with his children now that he's the president.

      He didn't seem all that clueless to me. He's repeating what the kids say and asking them for more information, which is generally how you talk to kids...

      For example, when the kid was talking about an "Apple Touch" he seemed to figure out the kid meant an an iPod touch or an iPhone pretty quickly.

    I loved how he was mumbling and there was cross talking, like he had no idea what the kids were on about.

    That made me laugh.

      He's just being polite, like he really cares what a bunch of spoiled little shits want their parents to bust a gut trying to supply.

    "Does it have a bunch of different games on there like Sins and all that stuff?"

    I think he probably said 'Sims', and CNN either mistranslated or made a typo.

    I watched it and he definitely said Sims, also his kids are outside the product range that these kids are in. I have had to do Q&A like this with kids, and it is bloody tough, I reckon he did all-right, the kids didn't really know what they were talking about (see the ipod touch part) I've read all the HP books too, but couldn't remember the titles in order. I think he was just flabbergasted by the amount of high-ticket items the kids wanted, this transcript is pretty rubbish, watch it on CNN and you will see he did much better than it looks here.

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