President Barack Obama on Being a Dad

Mr. President talks about his kids and what fatherhood means to him.

This week here at The Good Men Project we’re talking all about Father’s Day. Here are some quotes by the man and father who occupies the White House talking about raising children, why they are important, and how his kids have changed his life. Prepare for your heart to melt just a little bit!

This weekend families around the world will be celebrating their dads on Father’s Day, and our first family will be one of them. Barack Obama may be the president of the United States, but for Sasha and Malia Obama, he’s just Dad. The president has been very open about fatherhood over the years in speeches and interviews, from sharing personal stories about raising his two daughters to urging other dads to be the father he didn’t have. So be inspired this Father’s Day with some of Obama’s funniest and sweetest quotes on being a dad.

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“As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well — but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.”

— On being a good dad

“I’m inspired by the love people have for their children. And I’m inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.”

— On his inspiration

“Malia and Sasha and a bunch of my friends and Michelle had sort of like a roast, a little private roast; each one of them read something and Malia and Sasha had written out why I am such a wonderful dad. And they had this list, it was so sweet, and one of the items on Malia’s list was, ‘You are just the right amount of embarrassing.'”

— On his 50th birthday party “roast”

“Oh, well that’s why we have Secret Service. She’s getting older. It makes me tear up just thinking about it.”

— In response to a reporter saying “soon the boys will come” for Malia


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