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“What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one”

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Chicago, February 15:

“… we’ve got to rebuild ladders of opportunity for everybody willing to climb them.

Now, that starts at home. 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. Don’t get me wrong – as the son of a single mom, who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay …. we’ve got single moms out here, they’re heroic in what they’re doing and we are so proud of them. But at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved. Loving, supportive parents – and, by the way, that’s all kinds of parents – that includes foster parents, and that includes grandparents, and extended families; it includes gay or straight parents.

Those parents supporting kids – that’s the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child – that makes a difference. If a child grows up with parents who have work, and have some education, and can be role models, and can teach integrity and responsibility, and discipline and delayed gratification – all those things give a child the kind of foundation that allows them to say, my future, I can make it what I want. And we’ve got to make sure that every child has that, and in some cases, we may have to fill the gap and the void if children don’t have that.

So we should encourage marriage by removing the financial disincentives for couples who love one another but may find it financially disadvantageous if they get married. We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children. And my administration will continue to work with the faith community and the private sector this year on a campaign to encourage strong parenting and fatherhood.

Because what makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one.”

Full transcript here

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Video of speech:

17
Feb
13

Keep chattin’

Look, okay, I’m frustrated with the lack of PBO/Tiger pics, so I made my own. Anyone who questions my pic-fiddling abilities will be banned – totally.

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Feb
13

Chat Away

Martha’s Vineyard, Aug 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

(1) We seriously need photos of PBO and Tiger Woods today

(2) Warning: If Manchester United beat Reading and Chelsea beat Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, then Manchester United will play Chelsea in the quarter-finals. Could get ugly around here :???:

(3) I’m waaaaaaay behind catching up with comments and emails, as usual – will do asap.

(4) Back in a bit, chat away

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Feb
13

Rise and Shine

Five years ago: “Words matter” (Wisconsin, Feb 2008)

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MooooooOOOOOooooorning everyone. Another busy-ish Sunday, but, as usual, I’ll be dropping in and out and will update a bit later.




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