Robin Roberts of Good Morning America had the previledge of interviewing President Barack Obama on his thoughts for fathers on Fathers Day. His own challenges growing up without a dad was touched upon as well. Here’s highlights from the Roberts interview:
The president advises fathers to spend time with their children. He recounts how he gets up at 6:30 to have dinner with his children for an hour or two eveyday. Now that his girls are 13 & 10, the president admits that the fast approaching teenage years are complicated, but, that he’s not anticipating complete mayhem for the next 4-5 years. He jokingly states how he have men with guns & that the girls will never get into a car with a boy whose got a beer in his hands.
Admitting that lots of his parenting skills come from his mother due to the absence of a father in the home, president Obama says he often ask what his mother would do in any given situation. He offers the sage advice that children be given complete affection & devotion, but, they need structure in their lives. Your child, he says, is not your friend-set limits. Two things he does remember about his father that stays with him today? An introduction to Basketball and Jazz! On Fathers Day, the president states he is not so much thinking about the past, but, the now.
When asked by a member of the media, “Do you miss your father on Fathers Day”? The president of the United States of America answers, “No, I don’t”. Going on to say that he is focusing on being a father to his children!
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Clarence Clemons- a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and a helluva SAX man!
Happy Fathers Day Dads!
- President Obama Talks Malia And Sasha, Missing His Dad On Father’s Day On “Good Morning America” (VIDEO) (thenewspundit.com)
- Obama on Fathers Day (maboulette.wordpress.com)
- Happy Father’s Day! (whitehouse.gov)