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  • US President — The Most Important Job
  • By President Barack Obama
  • White House Blog
  • 20/06/2010
  • Contributed by: BeWitched ( 3 articles in 2010 )
Good afternoon,

As the father of two young daughters, I know that being a father is one of the most important jobs any man can have.

My own father left my family when I was two years old. I was raised by a heroic mother and wonderful grandparents who provided the support, discipline and love that helped me get to where I am today, but I still felt the weight of that absence throughout my childhood. It's something that leaves a hole no government can fill. Studies show that children who grow up without their fathers around are more likely to drop out of high school, go to jail, or become teen fathers themselves.

And while no government program can fill the role that fathers play for our children, what we can do is try to support fathers who are willing to step up and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, partners and providers. That's why last year I started a nationwide dialogue on fatherhood to tackle the challenge of father absence head on.

In Chicago, the Department of Health and Human Services held a forum with community leaders, fatherhood experts and everyday dads to discuss the importance of responsible fatherhood support programs. In New Hampshire, Secretary of Education Duncan explored the linkages between father absence and educational attainment in children. In Atlanta, Attorney General Holder spoke with fathers in the criminal justice system about ways local reentry organizations, domestic violence groups and fatherhood programs can join together to support ex-offenders and incarcerated individuals who want to be closer to their families and children.

Now we're taking this to the next level. Tomorrow, I'll make an announcement about the next phase of our efforts to help fathers fulfill their responsibilities as parents -- The President's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. You can learn more at www.fatherhood.gov.

This Father's Day -- I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a dad to two wonderful daughters. And I'm thankful for all the wonderful fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and friends who are doing their best to make a difference in the lives of a child.

Happy Father's Day.

Sincerely,
President Barack Obama

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/20/most-important-job

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    By:Bill S from QLD, OZ on June 22, 2010 @ 4:53 pm
    Father's Day in the US is obviously on the 20 June where here in Oz it will be 5 Sep. So what's Kevin Rudd & Julia Gillard going to do to better good ol' Obama?
    By:Bewitched from Vic, Aust on June 22, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
    For those of you who need a drop of hope that things will get better, this just may help you.

    Although, it's still ok to believe in the tooth fairy too!

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