Obama Fatherhood Proclamation Mentions Families with ‘Two Fathers’
“Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a stepfather, a grandfather, or caring guardian,” the proclamation reads.
“We owe a special debt of gratitude for those parents serving in the United States Armed Forces and their families, whose sacrifices protect the lives and liberties of all American children,” the Father’s Day proclamation reads. “For the character they build, the doors they open, and the love they provide over our lifetimes, all our fathers deserve our unending appreciation and admiration.”
During his remarks about fatherhood, the president talked about his own father that abandoned him at age two.
“An active, committed father makes a lasting difference in the life of a child,” Obama said during his remarks. “When fathers are not present, their children and families cope with an absence government cannot fill.”
During the press briefing Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton took a question as to why the president mentioned “two fathers” and other examples in the proclamation.
“He was just trying to include all sorts of people, all sorts of families, just like he did on Mother’s Day,” Burton said.
The speech was part of the president’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.
The initiative is a “national call to action to address fatherlessness in America,” according to the White House.
The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Office of Public Engagement will host community forums on fatherhood and personal responsibility around the country. The next forum is scheduled for New Mexico on Aug. 10.
Also,” individuals who sign up for the Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative will receive e-newsletters featuring articles, tips and resources from prominent leaders in the fatherhood and family fields and information about model programs,” the White House Web site says.
“Organizations supporting the Initiative will work in specific ways to have a cultural impact on responsible fatherhood, from local forums with the National Parent Teachers Association to community trainings by the National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG),” the White House site says. “Partners from the National PTA to the head of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities have signed up to advance the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative in communities around the country.”