Now that President Barack Obama is the leader of the free world, he’s got one more goal to tackle: being a great dad. And he’s telling other guys to man up and be good dads too!
The president admitted that he was an “imperfect father” in an essay he wrote for this Sunday’s issue of Parade magazine. As Barack approaches his first Father’s Day in office he’s remembering what he said the first time he brought Malia home.
“On this Father’s Day, I think about the pledge I made to Malia the day she was born: that I would give her what I never had—that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father” he wrote.
Barack’s biological father wasn’t a big part of his life. For him growing up without a dad let him see just exactly how important it is for kids to have a father figure in their lives.
“I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill,” the president said. “We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference.”
The president also issued a challenge, stating, “We need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.”
Still, the president realizes that he hasn’t exactly been Heathcliff Huxtable himself. Campaigning to run the country is a hard job, and it’s certainly one that required him to be away from his girls more than he would have liked.
“I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes,” Barack wrote. “There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away, and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters’ lives that I’d never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept.”
Of course now that he’s in office, Barack can spend all sorts of time with his Sasha and Malia because he basically works from home. That home just happens to be the White House.
“I see my girls off to school nearly every morning and have dinner with them nearly every night,” the president shares with readers. “It is a welcome change after so many years out on the campaign trail and commuting between Chicago and Capitol Hill.”
– Sonya Eskridge