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What’s President Obama’s favorite game app?

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President Barack Obama’s got game. Video game, that is.

In a discussion with Barbara Walters right before the holiday, the POTUS (along with First Lady Michelle Obama) broke away from the issues of the day and discussed what they like to do during their downtime. Turns out, they use the iPad to play a game.

Specifically, Obama is a big fan of EA's Scrabble -- and wasted no time in admitting that when asked. Judging by the comments of his wife, the Commander in Chief isn’t just a good speller. He also talks smack.

"Sometimes I want to yank that out of your hands," the First Lady said to him during the interview, before telling Walters "He's good at Scrabble. He's very irritating."

"She doesn't like losing, so she stops playing," interjected the President.

"No, I don't like losing to you," rebutted Michelle. "You're irritating when you win."

The back and forth made us wonder what Obama was like after playing other video games. We know, for example, that daughters Sasha and Malia found Just Dance 3 and The Sims 3: Pets under the tree last year.

He seems determined, however, that we won't find out.

"The girls beat me every time on these various dance games," he told the press gaggle when buying the games last year. "And you guys will never get a picture of me [playing] because I get graded F every time."

Obama might stick to the casual side of the spectrum personally, but he's not entirely unfamiliar with other types of video games.

As the 2008 election drew near, the Obama campaign took to consoles to help rally young voters. Specifically, the campaign team for the then-Senator bought in-game ads in Burnout Paradise, Madden 09 and seven other EA titles featuring his smiling face, a reminder that early voting had begun and displaying a link to the campaign website. He did so again during the 2012 campaign.

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