Thursday, August 13, 2009

Barack Obama: Fatherhood Tour

Minister Joshua DuBois & President Barack Obama

"We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception. We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child — it's the courage to raise one."
- Barack Obama June 2008, then-presidential candidate

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership launched a national fatherhood tour last week. Joshua DuBois, a 27 year old minister who served as the director of religious affairs for Obama's presidential campaign, has been handpicked by Obama to lead the initiative. The tour will consist of town hall meetings around the nation to discuss the importance of fatherhood and the roles of father in the American household, particularly for the welfare of children. Barack Obama didn't have his own father in his life but makes it a point to promote a strong sense of family with his daughters and has spoken publicly about the issue. The initiative of the tour does not focus on the African-American community. It speaks to families as a whole.
I love this. This administration seems to be good at attacking things at the root of the problem for longer results rather than a quick fix.

[Read the NPR story HERE]

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