Sunday, June 21, 2009

Responsible Fatherhood article from the White House

I signed myself up for the White House email a while back. Today, Michell Obama sent out a special email for Father's day with a link to the White House blog on Fatherhood. The article is so powerful and really touched my heart that I have to share. I hope that many people will follow the link and read the President's full speech and video.

Here's some of the article on the blog:

SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST, 2009 AT 10:27 AM
Posted by Macon Phillips

On the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, the President writes a piece on fatherhood in Parade Magazine talking about his own life and highlighting the responsibilities all fathers must step up to:

In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence—both in my life and in the lives of others. 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. 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.

That is why 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.

On Friday the President hosted some well-known fathers and everyday dads from across the country to discuss what fathers are doing to strengthen themselves, their families and their communities. One of the guests at that event was Chief Quartermaster John Lehnen, who adds his thoughts to the President's in this video.
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