President Obama Gives Heartfelt Father's Day Speech About Father He Barely Knew

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President Barack Obama gave a touching Father's Day message, in which he discussed the demanding role of a father in a child's life along with the dad he never knew.

"I want to take a moment to talk about the most important job many of us will ever have, and that's being a dad," Obama said.

The president told viewers that there can be no substitute for the "love and support, and most importantly — the presence of a parent in a child's life."

Barack Obama didn't meet his own father, Barack Obama senior, until he was ten years old. He was killed in a car accident in 1982.

"I never really knew my own father," Obama said candidly. "I was raised by a single mom and two wonderful grandparents who made incredible sacrifices for me." "I still wish I had a dad who was not only around, but involved — another role model to teach me what my mom did her best to instill," said Obama. "Values like hard work and integrity, responsibility, delayed gratification — all the things that give a child the foundation to envision a brighter future for themselves." "That's why I try every day to be for Michelle and my girls what my father was not for my mother and me," Obama added.

He highlighted how being a good parent "isn't easy," but he strives to set an example for fathers everywhere by maintaining a strong marriage despite the incredible pressure of his job.

Via: Business Insider, Photo Credit: WENN