Obama: ‘I Wish I’d Had A Father Who Was Around And Involved’
That is what the president said as he urged young men to be involved in their children’s lives to prevent gun violence.
In an unusually personal speech at a school in his old Chicago neighbourhood, Mr Obama, who was raised by his mother, said his attempts to introduce new gun control laws must be matched by more men behaving like role models who are “held up in respect” by their sons, grandsons and nephews.
“There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,” said Mr Obama.
Hailing his “heroic” late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, “who gave everything she had to raise me”, Mr Obama said in one of the most candid statements of his presidency: “At the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved”.