Sunday, June 16, 2013

Presidential Fathers Day message

Pres. Barack Obama just gave a Fathers Day radio message:
Hi, everybody. This Sunday is Father’s Day, and so I wanted to take a moment to talk about the most important job many of us will ever have – and that’s being a dad.

Today we’re blessed to live in a world where technology allows us to connect instantly with just about anyone on the planet. But no matter how advanced we get, there will never be a substitute for the love and support and, most importantly, the presence of a parent in a child’s life. And in many ways, that’s uniquely true for fathers.
Happy to have our President say that. At least he did not trash black fathers or say we need fathers to step up, as he has in the past.
I never really knew my own father. I was raised by a single mom and two wonderful grandparents who made incredible sacrifices for me. And there are single parents all across the country who do a heroic job raising terrific kids.
He was not raised by a single mom. The single moms are ruining the country.
And I want to do what I can as President to encourage marriage and strong families. We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children. And my Administration will continue to work with the faith and other community organizations, as well as businesses, on a campaign to encourage strong parenting and fatherhood.

Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way, it’s that all our personal successes shine a little less brightly if we fail at family. That’s what matters most.
This is encouraging that he recognizes the need for child support law reform. I have no idea what reform he has in mind. His health care reform increased my rates by $100 a month. But for now, I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt, and hope that he wants to do something positive.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children."

Yeah, that one sentence kind of threw me. How is reforming child support laws going to get more men working? Many people aren't working because they can't find a job. Is the implication that a child support order will force a man to get a job if he is currently unemployed? This just seems to reinforce the deadbeat dad stereotype which is a form of gender prejudice.

And if he wants more men engaged with their children he should be advocating for reform of child custody and visitation laws. Maybe if government (family courts) simply got out of the way, more men would be engaged with their children.

paulmurray said...

Agree with the first commenter. Reform child support laws ***TO GET MORE MEN WORKING***. IOW: the laws should be *more* punitive, with *harsher* punishment for "deadbeat dads".
Are there chain-gangs yet, for alimony arrears? There will be. And the pittance that is notionally paid to men breaking rocks in prison will all go straight to cupcake.

Anonymous said...

I knew they would somehow find a way to trash Fathers Day and boy is it already getting old. On Facebook I saw a 1001 post of the annual...It takes a real mom to be a dad to type post. Sigh..... Or to the real dads out there...happy Fathers Day....ahh, so you'll only wish them a good day if they fit your ideal of "real". So very very sick of this leftist tripe.