Obama reflects on fatherhood, helping modern families
June 14th, 2014
11:53 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama reflects on fatherhood, helping modern families

(CNN) - As someone who grew up without a father figure at home, President Obama says he knows how detrimental it can be not having a dad present for guidance and support. That’s why, he said in his weekly presidential address, he tries every day “to be the husband and father my family didn’t have when I was young.”

While acknowledging that no government program can ever replace a parent’s love, Obama said anyone can act as a mentor or a friend to a child in need of a parental figure. Citing his mentorship program launched this year, “My Brother’s Keeper,” Obama said an “all-hands-on-deck effort” is needed by the government to help youths reach their full potential.

The effort to mentor children without father figures hits home for the President. At a “My Brother’s Keeper” event in February, he said that the issue "goes to the very heart of why I ran for president.”

In his weekly address, the President said he will hold the first-ever White House Working Families Summit to bring modern-day families together. “We’ve still got too many workplace policies that belong in the 1950s, and it’s time to bring them up to date for today’s families, where oftentimes, both parents are working,” the President said. The summit will occur on June 23rd.

The President also tied the issue of raising the minimum wage to helping moms and dads be the best parents they can be. While addressing issues such as affordable child care, sick days, and equal pay for women, Obama said Congress needs to follow the lead of many states and "give America a raise.”

Noting Father’s Day Sunday, the President urged everyone to get their dads a gift, even though he admitted, “what we give our fathers can never match what our fathers give us.”


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. bill

    "if i had a son i would not let him play football" says it all.

    June 14, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is helping no one. He is creating a dependency on government, that will destroy all of America.

    June 14, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Beyond politics ,

    Happy Fathers day to all the Dad's who want a better life for there children and a quality of life for all our children .

    June 14, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. YoonYoungJo

    Just think some people weren't aren't just missing a father for guidance there missing anyone for guidance. Unfortunately, I don't think those people ever even see the light of day on programs like my brothers keeper. Or know mentor programs even exist.

    June 14, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. rla

    Get yourself and your philosophy out of the way of American fathers so they can earn a living instead of the new normal of food stamps and no good quality jobs- PS poverty is at an all time high as is the % of working Americans.

    June 14, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. bill

    Iwonder if moochey is still proud of her country yet.

    June 14, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Tommy G

    He'd be a far better example of a father if he showed at least one sign of being a strong leader. Given his performance in office, I'd have to say it is Michelle who is the strong leader in that family. Obama has shown no signs of it in 5.5 years.

    June 14, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Smitty

    If he parents the way he runs the U.S. got to pity those kids.

    June 14, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Chris-E...al

    He may can lead his 3 family members and be a good dad but he and the dems have not a clue how to lead america .

    June 14, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Hugo

    The President also tied the issue of raising the minimum wage to helping moms and dads be the best parents they can be. While addressing issues such as affordable child care, sick days, and equal pay for women, Obama said Congress needs to follow the lead of many states and "give America a raise.”
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    This alone shows what a dupe this man is. Where to start, how about if moms and dads are earning minimum wage they shouldn't be moms and dads, they can't take care of themselves let alone a family. How about understanding that a raise in minimum wage labor is passed directly to the consumer, the same minimum wage earner you're trying to help in this dog chase tail scenario. How about initiating some accountability in the segments of society that just can't seem to take care of their own well being? Tough love baby, how about some government programs to actually make blue collar trades jobs higher paying by ejecting illegal labor? Obama needs to be impeached along with Eric Holder and Harry Reid for the well being of our Nation, accept it, it has been an epic FAIL.

    June 14, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. sifto

    So , now, obama is joining hilary as a victim..? Last I heard, he had a father and 2 loving grandparents and was raised in relative luxury..

    June 14, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |