I remember 1991 fairly well. Back then, it seemed like nobody outside my age group had positive things to say about video games. (There were probably a few adults who played computer games, but I didn't know any at the time.) When confronted with negative media, the only thing a fan could do was send letters to fandom-related magazines... which few people besides other fans read.
I find it difficult to believe that any politician or media figure would openly express positive interest in a video game.