Obama reflects on absent father in weekly address

Obama reflects on absent father in weekly address

POSTED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:04pm

Commemorating Father's Day weekend, President Barack Obama said he wished his own father had been more involved in his life and encouraged other dads to lead by example.

"Today we're blessed to live in a world where technology allows us to connect instantly with just about anyone on the planet," he said in his weekly address. "But no matter how advanced we get, there will never be a substitute for the love and support and, most importantly, the presence of a parent in a child's life."

Obama's parents got divorced when he was a young child, and he was raised by his mother and grandparents.

"There are single parents all across the country who do a heroic job raising terrific kids," he said. "But 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."

The president, the father of two girls, has frequently promoted fatherhood and marriage. Notably, he stressed the importance of strong families during a Chicago speech earlier this year on gun violence.

In his Saturday address, he called for reforming child support laws to "get more men working and engaged with their children."

"And my administration will continue to work with the faith and other community organizations, as well as businesses, on a campaign to encourage strong parenting and fatherhood," he said.

"Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there," he addded. "And have a great weekend."

-- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report. 

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