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Fatherhood Friday Mr. President

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Today, we show love to the coolest American President and a cool dad, Barack Obama.  President Obama recently did a podcast interview for the show “WTF with Marc Maron,” where he was asked about fatherhood and his father. Check out what he said below and listen to the entire interview HERE.

 

“I tell Michelle, one of our biggest jobs as parents is, ‘Let’s see if we can not pass on some of our craziness to our kids. Let’s see if we can break the cycle’ … It was very important to me to be a good dad.” – President Barack Obama

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Black Fathers Doing More Parenting

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While President Obama and many others are calling for a state of emergency on Black fathers, things are not as bleak as the media would have you think.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black fathers spend more time rearing their children than white and Hispanic fathers.

In the study 70 percent of Black fathers were most likely to have bathed, dressed, diapered or helped their children use the toilet every day compared with 60 percent of white fathers and 45 percent of Hispanic fathers.

A higher percentage of black fathers spent more time driving their kids to activities than white fathers and more black fathers helped their children with homework every day compared with Hispanic dads and white ones.

Now I am not saying Black fathers should ease up or take fatherhood any less lightly.  It’s just good to know that Black fathers are on the right track.  Just thought we would share.  #DadsRule #FatherhoodFriday

Why March?

”It is because they kept marching America changed … and yes, eventually the White House changed.”

Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the same hallowed grounds Martin Luther King did 50 years to the date as the first African-Americanobama.mow50 President of the United States. He didn’t speak to the same swelling crowd but in a digital age touched more across the globe on the internet, and television than Dr. King ever did. 

Yesterday marked the actual 50th anniversary of the March On Washington and the landmark “I Have A Dream” speech.  Obama’s presence stood as the embodiment of how far we have come and with his speech he brought the reality that their is still strides to be made.

“It is because they marched!”

Obama connected current struggles with the history of what the marchers were going through, the spirit they brought to the day of the March and the civil rights flame they carried home with them.

“That’s where courage comes from, when we turn not from each other or on each other but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone,” the President explained. We all have a part to play in shaping this society from teachers to business owners. We have to find our own beat and march.

“It is because they kept marching…”

“Change doesn’t come from Washington but to Washington,” he explained. If it is important to us, we need to unify and bring the cause to those that can make change or challenge them to make change.  Obama talked about class, race, jobs but he spoke beyond the audience there to every person in America.

What makes Obama different from King is not just technology or even what he means to Blacks or the United States, it is what he means to everyone.  He is the one minority that has the ear of the world.

With his March On Washington 50 Anniversary speech he continued to solidify himself as a great speaker, leader, husband and father. He is fathering a new nation with global implications.  He is American History.  #dadsRule #KeepMarching

View Obama’s speech here:

College Hoops on Deck!

First and foremost, #SALUTE all the women and men affiliated with our Armed Forces. We celebrate you and even though you are the reason my kid’s have no school today … Still, I salute you.

TONIGHT our Armed Forces and the NCAA make history and me happy with the first basketball game played on an aircraft carrier.  The North Carolina Tarheels and Michigan State Spartans square off on the flight deck of the 1,094 feet long aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson. ESPN 7pm EST

The same ship that dunked Osama Bin Laden in the ocean hosts hoops war on the high seas.  President Obama and James Worthy will be in attendance. LET’S GO!  I LOVE college basketball.  I Love AMERICA!

“Maybe our guys who shoot crooked will have an advantage,” NC coach Roy Williams said.> Classic

 

 

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