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President Obama Pens Father's Day Letter

Obama Makes Up For Lost Time With Essay on Fatherhood

After years of women working to achieve the unattainable role of "perfect mother," many moms are settling for just being the best they can and admitting their shortcomings both anonymously and publicly. While mamas spend plenty of time complaining about their spouses' inabilities to care for their kids the way they do, they forget to acknowledge that dads have their own misgivings and guilt about parenthood too. With Father's Day upon us, the most powerful pop in the nation took some time to reflect on what it means to be a father. In an essay he penned for this weekend's Parade magazine, President Obama says:

"I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes. I have lost count of all the times, over the years, when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood. There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away, and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters' lives that I'd never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept.

Whether in the White House or middle America, most parents connect with what the Commander-in-Chief said about missed ballet recitals, soccer games and spelling bees.  How do you make up for missed events?

Photo courtesy of Parade

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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 6 years
@Chouette4u This essay is tied into Father's Day. He wants fathers to take care of their responsibility and let them know how much it damages the child by having an absent father but he's also letting them know he isn't perfect because he's missed ballet recitals, spelling bees, etc.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Good point, I didn't realize the letter was separate from the essay.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
nice letter. my husband has missed plays (when one of our girls had the lead), swim meets, dive meets, talent shows, recitals, bedtime stories, a couple of birthdays, really too many "moments" to count. but the truth is that someone has to be working to earn the money that allows those things to happen.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Anon, read the last page. It's a letter to Sasha and Malia. http://www.parade.com/export/sites/default/news/2009/01/barack-obama-letter-to-my-daughters.html The non-letter part I don't have a problem with. I have just never been a fan of "public letters" in general. They feel disingenuous to me.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
Maybe it should, maybe it may help other fathers who feel the same way or who are in the same situation. Some people like to read things that relate to them.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Shouldn't this be something private instead of something published in Parade?
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