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Obama tells black fathers to be engaged

June 16, 2008

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— Barack Obama celebrated Father's Day by calling on black fathers, who he said are "missing from too many lives and too many homes," to become active in raising their children.

"They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it," the Democratic presidential candidate said Sunday at a largely black church in his hometown.

Reminding the congregation of his firsthand experience growing up without a father, Obama said he was lucky to have loving grandparents who helped his mother. He got support, second chances and scholarships that helped him get an education.

Obama's father left when he was 2.

"A lot of children don't get those chances. There is no margin for error in their lives," said Obama, an Illinois senator.

"I resolved many years ago that it was my obligation to break the cycle - that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father to my girls," added Obama, whose daughters, Sasha and Malia, and his wife, Michelle, watched from the audience.

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macon47 5 years, 10 months ago

well bill clinton is a real dandy, and so was jfk,dont forget mlk, and jesse jackson.the saddest thing about todays youth,many times when a young girl gets pregnant she never is really sure who the father wasand has to send out multiple emailsto different boys she has partied with, but sometimesshe doesnt even know thier name

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Daytrader23 5 years, 10 months ago

At least he leads by example, which might be the first time anyone in Washington has done that. How good of a father is McCain? Hmmm. He divorced the mother of his children so he can marry a wealthy women 30 years younger plus racking up a $230,000 credit card debt. (which his new wife paid for him) Perfect role model for the right and their sheep.

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macon47 5 years, 10 months ago

There has been a long standing racist jokeAbout the confusion that surrounds fathers day In some black communities.However, when you scan the daily Lawrence paperBirth announcements it appears we have about the same track record.I would suspect nearly ½ of the new babies listed have un-married parents each with different last names.People today accept no responsibility forTheir actions, or the result of them.They simply hook up when ever or where everAnd end up letting their parents or some½ way house raise what they produced.They simply shrug their shoulders, walk awayTo play another day, and expect the restOf us to pay for their follies.

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bondmen 5 years, 10 months ago

Will Barack Hussein Obama be able to keep it up with his on target, black family comments before the forces of point the finger the other way comes to the rescue of irresponsible actors in the community; like they have against Bill Cosby? "Since deciding, in 2004, to speak out on the social ills that mar the black community -- violence, illegitimacy, and miseducation chief among them, Bill Cosby has been branded with the scarlet letter of elitism.When Cosby preaches finger-wagging Jeremiads against the lifestyles of poor blacks, all the history in the world doesn't matter, because no one likes being judged. But when Cosby plays the charmer, he can get away with most anything.Black America can handle tough love; all it asks is that Cosby not forget that second element.Maybe it's true, after all, that it's not what you say, but how you say it." This last thought certainly applies to Mr. Obama! http://www.socyberty.com/Lifestyle-Choices/Bill-Cosbys-Tough-Love.70516

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