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Promoting fatherhood: Obama’s family values

posted by David Gibson

If the new Focus on the Family CEO loved Obama’s family values a few days ago, how much more will he love him now that he’s pushing so strongly for responsible fathers?

“When fathers are absent, when they abandon their responsibility to their children, we know the damage that does to our families,” Mr. Obama told teenagers and community leaders in the East Room of the White House, beginning what he called a “national conversation on responsible fatherhood and healthy families.”

Mr. Obama sprinkled his talk with references to his own absent father, who left him with his mother in Hawaii when he was 2 and visited him only once after that.

“I say this as someone who grew up without a father in my life,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s something that leaves a hole in a child’s heart that governments can’t fill.”

He said children raised without fathers were more likely to drop out of school and abuse drugs. But aware of his own example, he told his audience — a diverse group that included Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC and the skateboarder Tony Hawk — that growing up fatherless did not mean a person could not succeed.

That Mr. Obama was giving such attention to the issue at a time of crisis in Iran and high-stakes debate on health care and financial overhauls shows how personally he takes fatherhood, White House officials said.

The role of fathers, absent and otherwise, is I think one of the greap lacunae in the never-ending rhetoric over abortion in particular. It’s all about the woman, as if human pregnancy is a matter of parthenogenesis.



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JF

posted June 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm


I completely agree with Obama’s thoughts on the importance of fatherhood. The absence of strong father figures is one of the real problems in society today.
I also agree with your comment:
“The role of fathers, absent and otherwise, is I think one of the greap lacunae in the never-ending rhetoric over abortion in particular. It’s all about the woman, as if human pregnancy is a matter of parthenogenesis.”
Fathers should be held responsible for support from the moment of conception. That would lead many women to find other alternatives to abortion. Indeed a man who fails to support the mother of his child is as guilty as the woman who chooses an abortion. I do think this point often gets overlooked.



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Ecodad

posted June 20, 2009 at 10:14 pm


I too agree that the father’s role goes well beyond what we value in society today. As a Co-Founder of Ecodads.org, I fully support and would like to help Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative to succeed. We are just launching the alpha version of our website this Father’s Day at http://www.ecodads.org/ and just starting to building out Membership, Chapter Presidents and social media pages. We’re not sustainability experts, just committed fathers. We want to create an active network of responsible dads committed to seeing their children to a sustainable future. We plan on doing this by building community programs that support sustainable economic, social and environmental development. Please visit us and take the pledge today!



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Little Bear

posted June 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm


Dear JF,
I couldn’t agree with your comments more. We need to teach our sons to be responsible men—and loving fathers. The absence of good, strong father-figures–is, I believe, the reason why so many children grow up not knowing how to properly relate to men or how a good man lovingly treats his wife (example for girls). And how a good father can guide his sons into manhood.
I am delighted that President Obama is stressing the importance of fatherhood. It is an important component in strengthening the structure of today’s society.



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churchmouse

posted June 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm


“I say this as someone who grew up without a father in my life,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s something that leaves a hole in a child’s heart that governments can’t fill.”
JF said, “Fathers should be held responsible for support from the moment of conception. That would lead many women to find other alternatives to abortion. Indeed a man who fails to support the mother of his child is as guilty as the woman who chooses an abortion. I do think this point often gets overlooked.”
ECODad…………sounds like a great organization. Do you also go to bat for the unborn in the womb? Our government and society does not recognize you as anything because abortion is totally the woman’s decision, even though the unborn carries the fathers DNA. The father is a non-issue. I would think you would want to get our laws changed.
Obama is a hypocrite and IMO has no moral family values at all. It’s all talk. He claims to be a Christian and condones the slaughter of the unborn in the womb, even condoning Partial Birth Abortion. So don’t talk to me about his moral character. He says what is only politically correct to say……..and the sheep follow him.



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JF

posted June 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm


Anyone who has read my other comments knows that abortion is a huge issue for me, and I oppose Barack Obama on many counts. I was very active in the fight against his being honored at Notre Dame.
That said, we don’t get anywhere denouncing everything that comes out of someone’s mouth. The need for good fathers is absolutely important and I think President Obama is a good example of this in many ways.
I pray that he comes to recognize fatherhood as beginning at conception, and that every time an abortion is performed, a father is losing his child.



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freelunch

posted June 22, 2009 at 11:26 am


churchmouse -
That’s quite a bit of work you’ve gone through to redefine words so you can attack our president.
But, since you are on your high horse, could you tell me if you support a strong social safety net that?



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Churchmouse

posted June 23, 2009 at 12:48 am


So JP what does your organization do for the unborn from the Fathers side?
What words did I redefine? Obama is pro-abortion. His voting record is evidence enough. I wont even get into infanticide and his voting record. If anyone attacked anyone Obama did. He puts a bulls-eye on every unborn in the womb. He condones abortion. I have every right as a human being, as a citizen to question him on his words and actions. He sat in a racist church for over twenty years…….and he does not value all life. He cares more for the Islamic POW’s than he does the unborn. He does not walk in the Light of the scripture he says he follows and believes.
He stated in one speech that he wanted abortion around in case his daughters made a mistake. He wouldnt want them burdened by a mistake.
I support the Constitution of the United States and believe that the unborn are part of that document. I support overturning Roe. I do NOT BELIEVE ABORTION SHOULD BE AN OPTION OR A SAFETY NET.



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Your Name

posted June 23, 2009 at 8:40 am


Anyone who promotes traditional family life, a father and mother and children, or a husband and wife, in responsible interactive relationships with each other is on track with how Christians have defined family life for centuries. Children are the responsibilty of both parents, our laws however, have severed that responsibilty. Those laws make the final authority the mother. The fathers’ choice does not figure into the equation. Now suddenly we want to make him financially responsible! What a joke. Change the law. It is the law that works against the family. If you want responsible fathers, empower them to be so.



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