There are times when I want to play a video game, or watch a movie, or just hit the “Stumble” button over and over. When I find myself sitting down and loading up DDO, I have this nagging voice in my head telling me that I have so many other obligations that warrant my attention more than killing orcs, goblins and the occasional dragon and I should stop slacking and get to work on them.

My obligations have no worldwide repercussions. It’s simple stuff like organizing my desk or splitting wood for the furnace, but it needs to be done.

Which brings me to the point of this article. Last night was election night and Republicans swept the governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey. It was a bit of a big deal, but Obama didn’t have time for that. He was on HBO:

During the 10AM ET hour of America’s Newsroom on Fox News Channel, fill-in co-host Martha Maccallum told viewers what President Obama watched on election night while Democrats suffered big losses in New Jersey and Virginia: “Robert Gibbs said, well, he was actually watching, you know, the HBO special about his year-long campaign and how it all went.”

On Tuesday night the White House had worked to downplay the Democratic gubernatorial defeats by claiming the President did not watch the election returns. Apparently Gibbs thought it would look better if the commander in chief was watching a self-indulgent fawning documentary about himself.

He was watching…himself. If that’s not narcissistic enough for you, perhaps this will change your mind: he’d already watched it:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says Obama has already seen “By the People,” produced and directed by Alicia Sams and Amy Rice, and backed by actor Edward Norton.

Gibbs told TPMDC Obama’s review: “Thumbs up!”

Sams and Rice joined Obama adviser David Axelrod, reporters and administration staffers for the final screening Friday night at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater. The 2,000 estimated attendees were treated to a red carpet and pre-screening remarks by Axelrod, one of the film’s many characters.

With all the problems facing America and with a decision that needs his attention in Afghanistan, he grabs a bowl of White House popcorn and sit down to watch a show about himself…again.

I guess I can cut myself some slack for playing Geodefense just a little bit longer. I mean, it’s not like tens of thousands of lives and the fate of a nation hangs in the balance.

Seems like a good time for All American Blogger’s Official Obama Theme Song: