Barack Obama’s Father’s Day Speech

Senator Barack Obama spoke today at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago for Father’s Day. During his speech, he stated “…there are still certain lessons we must strive to live and learn as fathers – whether we are black or white; rich or poor; from the South Side or the wealthiest suburb.” He encouraged fathers everywhere to strive to learn to and live to:

  1. Set an example of excellence and high expectations for our children, one that overcomes the negative stereotypes the media produces and that our young people sometimes ingest ad nauseam
  2. Pass along the ability to be empathetic; the ability to “stand in somebody else’s shoes” and to teach our children that showing kindness and compassion to others are symbols of strength, not weakness
  3. Tap into the hope that is inside of us all, that hope that says that as long as we believe in something and are willing to work hard for it, we can do our part to make this world better for our children

He ended his exhortation with the following:

…what I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children – all of our children – a better world. Even if it’s difficult. Even if the work seems great. Even if we don’t get very far in our lifetime.

“That is our ultimate responsibility as fathers and parents. We try. We hope. We do what we can to build our house upon the sturdiest rock. And when the winds come, and the rains fall, and they beat upon that house, we keep faith that our Father will be there to guide us, and watch over us, and protect us, and lead His children through the darkest of storms into light of a better day. That is my prayer for all of us on this Father’s Day, and that is my hope for this country in the years ahead. May God Bless you and your children. Thank you.”

I’d say that while this was a great Father’s Day speech, it applies to parents everywhere, not just fathers. It applies to teachers. It applies to mentors. It applies to us all. Let us ensure that we are all setting that example, no matter how imperfect it may be, so that the next generation will inherit a world in which we all seek the good in children of God everywhere.

7 comments

  1. Marvalus says:

    Hey K,

    I read his speech in entirety and I just want to cheer when I hear him speak on being a parent to your children and setting the example for them. It is imperative that we feed them the notion of succeeding and not settling, excelling and not succumbing, and having this man, who has the absolute possibility to rise up and become our President say those words, cuts through and speaks to the heart…

  2. KWiz says:

    Hi Marvalus,
    I agree wholeheartedly. And for our children to see such an incredible presence – I pray that his presence makes an impact on our children.

  3. Phil Davis says:

    Barack Obama is a leader of character. I read his memoir and then watched him throughout his race with Hillary and I have to say that he stayed true to his character throughout and that is rare in a politician in any era and in any country. I did not hear his father’s Day speech, but I like what Marvalus says above and agree wholeheartedly.

  4. Hendrik says:

    Today Barack Obama is very famous i see his spech when I hear Obama speak on being a parent to your children and setting the example for them. Obama
    speaks to the heart…Barack Obama true to his character throughout and that is rare in a politician in any era and in any country. I did not hear his father’s Day speech, but I like what Marvalus says above and agree wholeheartedly.///

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