Lessons this Father’s Day from the father-in-chief
June 18th, 2011
12:39 PM ET
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Lessons this Father’s Day from the father-in-chief

(CNN) - President Obama announced Saturday that he’s now working two jobs – President of the United States and assistant basketball coach.

In his weekly address, Obama said kids want their fathers “to be a part of their lives,” and that he’s a part of his daughter Sasha’s life in part by coaching some of her basketball games.

“It was a lot of fun – even if Sasha rolled her eyes when her dad voiced his displeasure with the refs,” Obama said.

The commander-in-chief, a father of two young girls, has some tips for his fellow fathers on this Father’s Day.

The president boiled it down to quality time, structure and “unconditional love – whether they succeed or make mistakes, when life is easy and when life is tough.”

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  1. New SunriseComing

    Yeah well we're used to this. For all we see is you or Michele on trips to distance countries that have nothing to do with us. Playing golf or you people's favorite sport basketball. Didn't you get your nose busted on that one, Jordan? Who cares what you do. At least if your out playing with your children you can't do anymore damage. iIcan't wait until the Tea Party takes over. Republicans and Democrats will fade fast. We need this new Sunrise coming to clean house in Washington.

    June 18, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. realist

    I wonder what the haters are going to say about this?

    June 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. bill

    Finally found something he is qualified for.

    June 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Keep up the good work, Mr. President, as both President and Dad! And happy Father's Day to you tomorrow!

    June 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. diridi

    work hard, obama, you have a good sign....China is down with rising labor cost...so is India. I do not know the rest of the world like Bangladesh etc, In those two nations, china and India, inflation and corruption is sky rocketing....grab the chance, and work hard, bring back manufacturing jobs, energy independence, Listen, GOP want your failure....do not let that happen. In democracy, proven will be elected. I still have confidence in you.....listen to this wise, do whatever fixes this nation to Best Economy, Jobs, and Energy, etc, Act forthwith....good luck....god bless....none of the GOP is trustworthy, you have a plus point....

    June 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. sasa

    happy he isnt following his dad footstep

    June 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. jen

    I just LOVE the first family!

    June 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Happy Fathers Day Mr. President and to all the great fathers serving in our U.S. military and to all the great fathers who hold the honor of being real Dads.

    June 18, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. WeGoLook.com

    As a licensed basketball official and coach for my youngest son's team, I should hope our President would set an example of respecting the officials instead of "voicing his displeasure". While no official calls the shots accurately 100% of the time....neither does a politician. However, it is important to show respect to officials/politicians and set examples of good sportsmanship to the youth we are coaching.

    June 18, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Wise1Speak


    . . . and I'm going to vote to keep it that way in November 2012.

    GOD Bless the United States of America
    GOD Bless the Obama/Biden leadership

    June 18, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Discernment


    All of Billy and Franklin Grahams preaching about family and character, and these two Graham hypocrites can't accept the fact that the 'Huxtables' (Cosby Family) is living in the White House. Shame!

    It really irks the heck out of the religious-right Christian conservative Republicans that President Obama's family don't come with any baggage as do the Palin's, Gingrich's, McCain's, Bush's, Cheney's, Bachmann's, Paul's, and Pawlenty's.

    June 18, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Oldie in TampaBay

    how great is it that even tho Barack is POTUS he still has time for his kids!

    June 18, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Wish I had a father like him. My dad was a staunch republican (ex-sargent in the Army in WW II) and never spanked us - he hit us with his fist.

    Wish i had a father like Barack Obama.

    June 18, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. NeilsInSeattle

    It's all about child-oriented play. That's why, if your kid wants to paint his or her toenails pink, you go for it.

    June 18, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |