Barack Obama

In case you missed when President Barack Obama dropped 8BD’s favorite “f-bomb” (fatherhood) about two-thirds of the way through his State of The Union Speech last week Tuesday, here’s the segment:

“[W]e’ll work to strengthen families by…doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.”

Later last week in Chicago, President Obama was again talking about parenthood (in a variety of forms) and specifically fatherhood as a hedge against many of America’s social ills. The President appears to be “ramping up the rhetoric” in the best kind of way.

During the State of The Union speech, President Obama connected fatherhood with stronger families and stronger communities, appealing to the common-sense economic benefits of having both parents involved in supervising and mentoring children. In Chicago, President Obama implied that involved fathers could help in reducing the large amount of gun violence that plagues one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for gun murder.

This isn’t the first time Barack Obama has highlighted fatherhood. In 2011, the President said that fathers needed to “step up”. In 2012, he defended the time he carved out on weekends to spend with his family, instead of “schmoozing” with powerful people in Washington. has also covered President Obama on fatherhood a number of times.

Say what you like about the President, but he is obviously a family man and a superb spokesperson for fatherhood who clearly recognizes the benefits of involved dads. I hope he keeps this pace of promoting fatherhood up!