Inauguration hits XBL, White House gets Wii

Though history and politics were obviously the focus of the news blitz surrounding today's US presidential inauguration, the event did mark two firsts for games. Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony, which officials say attracted over 1 million spectators to Washington, DC, will be the first...

Though history and politics were obviously the focus of the news blitz surrounding today's US presidential inauguration, the event did mark two firsts for games. Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony, which officials say attracted over 1 million spectators to Washington, DC, will be the first presidential inauguration that will be viewable via Xbox Live. Video of Obama's Oath of Office and speech, the rest of the ceremony, and other inaugural events will be available for download via XBL Marketplace for the rest of the week. Microsoft is also offering other Obama-related and presidential-themed content via its 17-million-member online service.

As Microsoft posted video of Obama's inauguration, Nintendo was occupying a place much closer to the 44th president of the United States. As Obama presided over a luncheon in the halls of Congress, a small army of movers began bringing the new First Family's belongings into the White House. Among the belongings arriving at the 216-year-old residence was a Nintendo Wii, which Obama's two daughters, Malia (age 10) and Sasha (age 7), received for Christmas. Australia's Herald-Sun newspaper reports that the console will be connected to the First Television in the mansion's family room, which will see its first young full-time users since then 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton took up residence in 1993.

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that President Obama had been playing Wii Bowling with his daughters. He can also use the White House's real-life bowling alley to hone his infamously lacking bowling skills...until he acts upon his pledge to replace it with a basketball court. The alley was added by Richard Nixon shortly after he moved into the residence in 1969. (Bottom image credit: GamerCreated.com)

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431 comments
dan-rofl-copter
dan-rofl-copter

If i was in number 10 i would have a basketball court, defiantly

iamsoodumb
iamsoodumb

Obama loves basketball. I see the movie , he's great! 1 pass that I cant forget is when he bounce pass( almost invisibly ) to a teammate! Obama great at Basketball, so poor at Bowling. He score 37!!

Chin3se_Pride
Chin3se_Pride

after replacing the bowling court to a basketball court he would then replace the oval room to gangsta room with highdepth stereo with 50 cent album colllection

Sassy-Cc
Sassy-Cc

I am sure they have We Cheer & all those stupid kid games that are a waste of developers time (most gamers are 20+) ~ *Finally the Wii is getting a lot more Mature games this year!!! ~ It is so funny how liberal supporters will believe anything the lib media tells them ~ Learn to think on your own!!! ~ OLama is a puppet a stupid freaking puppet & he did mess up when he was speaking the oath ~ He forgot a simple sentence first & when the Justice tried to go back & reread the oath he stepped on his words as well ~ The media got what they were asking for when they blamed Bush for everything under the sun, including things that he shouldn't be responsible for, made up lies & twisted facts to make him look stupid then you get a president that is 10 times dumber than they made Bush look (to their sheep) ~

sephiroth1028
sephiroth1028

yea, because Wii is fit for a bunch of 10 and 7 year olds. long live Xbox.

mr-weezee
mr-weezee

I wonder what obama's wii friend codes are? yay wii!

evilkarim2000
evilkarim2000

YEAA!!!!! see! President Obama is already showing his supreme ability to make the best decisions ;)!

jamjammy
jamjammy

AWESOME! Obama got a wii!! nintendo has won the race to the white house, suck on that microsoft AND sony!! is this the first known games console in the white house? Like the Mii.

Sonicpower451
Sonicpower451

WHoo! Best video game news I have ever heard! Obama getting a Wii!

N-One
N-One

Microsoft joins Obamamania Obama joins Wiimania Plain & simple. Sorry Microsoft, Nintendo won the race to the White House.

lilmax25
lilmax25

Obama - Takes the bowling alley out which was a terrible choice nintendo won the race to the white house wooooo

Evilman97
Evilman97

if macain had won he would get the a 360 or a ps3

black_ice23
black_ice23

OBAMA!! a Wii and Basketball court, can't go wrong with that, brings over other leaders has round smash bros and then a 1 on 1 hoops lol

BENBE11
BENBE11

Awesome everything!!!

BENBE11
BENBE11

Thats awesome and the fact that nintendo beat microsoft to the white house!!!

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

Heh, didn't have to scroll far to find a political disagreement(even though there is nothing in this article worth arguing about). Obama has purchased a Wii.. the world is not over. Time to load up L4D:)

aikimagicjedi
aikimagicjedi

remember the change from nintendo to supernintendo? now imagine the change from wii to superwii ! there wont be a place for xbox

Irohazaka
Irohazaka

Man I wish I had a basketball court in my house.

chappy_man
chappy_man

seems everyone has a wii now haha

superawsomedman
superawsomedman

now that is some good irony. xbl footage of the wii being the first system. lmao. XD

canx12
canx12

cool an obama mii why didnt they create a bush(monkey) mii ;D

matethemouse
matethemouse

I wonder what the people would be thinking when they suddenly meets a mii who looks like Obama, living in DC, with the screen name "The Choosen One" when they playing Mario Kart Online...

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

Lol! I'm a Microsoft fan, but that's just funny! :P

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

why are people here trying to explain things here? this "news" were more of a "random fact" thing i only see a bunch of butthurt and racist people here

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

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lamprey263
lamprey263

@Templar_Bladema - "To every1 bout the Palin-Russia comment. She said that you could walk to the very western tip of Alaska and see Russia, just thought I wanted to clear that up. Though if she put her house there, then she could see Russia from her house" well, I think it's the context where people find humor in Palin's comment, because this was her response when questioned about her national security credentials... just in case that one flew over your head

drivinggod2005
drivinggod2005

Barack Obama has a Nintendo Wii. My God, that is the biggest news story of the year by a mile(!) (It's sarcasm people. Don't think I actually meant that)

MattHopeKids
MattHopeKids

Macbooks and Nintendo wii's. Both good choices by the new president. It's looking good. Of course all the changes he's making now the bush is out is good too.

decima1870
decima1870

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Paladin_basic
Paladin_basic

Hahaha it made me laugh just how stereotypical he makes himself by saying he'll replace the bowling alley with a basketball court, someone didn't replace him with Will Smith by any chance did they when no-one was looking?

Arkady_Husky
Arkady_Husky

I had to try really hard to avoid seeing any of this non-entity's coronation. Such was the dewy-eyed, fawning adulation. And I live in England. In fact, one way I managed it was to play on my Xbox 360 until it was over. And now I learn that the whole ordeal will be advertised on XBL whenever I log in. What a bummer.

thrashunreal
thrashunreal

Replacing it with a basketball course. Which is much cooler.

FurtherIntel
FurtherIntel

I am so making an Obama Mii and a Bush Mii. Then I'll have the Mii's fight each other... lol, jk. But why get rid of teh bowling alley? Doesn't Obama wanna get good at Wii Bowling?

Templar_Bladema
Templar_Bladema

And to anyone else who wants to argue politics, this is a game website. One metion of Obama owning a Wii and you all flip on each other. Can we try to stay civil for at least... forever?

Templar_Bladema
Templar_Bladema

To every1 bout the Palin-Russia comment. She said that you could walk to the very western tip of Alaska and see Russia, just thought I wanted to clear that up. Though if she put her house there, then she could see Russia from her house :D

joevit
joevit

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fougera
fougera

@GunGriffin-'I pitty any Republican or Demorcrat who voted for that dumb women, her idea of forign policy was I can see Russia from my house!' It was Tina Fey on SNL who said that, Palin said 'You can see Russia from land in Alaska.' Do a bit more research yourself before you make yourself look dumb.

Walking_Chaos18
Walking_Chaos18

I didnt vote for Obama or Mccain.But whoever is sitting at that chair in the white house i support. Im black and have two half black/half white sons,And all i want is this BS in America to change.If obama doesnt change it,then he'll have to live the rest of his life knowing he failed like most of the other presidents nowadays.And if that happens,oh well,bring the next prez up to the plate.

Units420
Units420

to Midgetmen: Actually Chief Justice Roberts was the one who fubbed the oath. Obama got it apparently had it memorized

VexedLucifer
VexedLucifer

lol @ John McCain and Palin. Oh well who cares if they have a Wii? It's not like this is some earth shattering discovery. The Wii is meant for kids that are his daughter's ages. Overly nosy media.