Barack Obama got a basketball, his name and ambition from his father. Little else.
The son gave back more than he received: a lifetime of ruminations about the man who abandoned the family, a memoir named “Dreams from My Father,” and endless reflections on his own successes and shortcomings as a parent of Sasha, 8, and Malia, 10.
As a candidate and now president, he has been telling men what sort of father they should be. It’s become his Father’s Day ritual.
He’s asking American men to be better fathers than his own.
The president showcased fatherhood in a series of events and in a magazine article in advance of Father’s Day on Sunday. He said he came to understand the importance of fatherhood from its absence in his childhood homes – just as an estimated 24 million Americans today are growing up without a dad.