Jerome Campbell on Thursday, Jun. 16th
President Obama hosted a private screening of Cars 2 this week at the White House for military fathers and their children as part of his Fatherhood and Mentoring initiative.
And he has his work cut out for him: According to the U.S. Census Bureau (via PsychCentral), one out of three children in the U.S. grow up without fathers.
Certainly, promoting the importance of fatherhood is duly valuable in the wake of recent public fatherhood faux pas–namely the discovery of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, whom he conceived with a former maid, and Anthony Weiner, an expectant father who resigned today over a sexting scandal.
Under Obama’s initiative, the father-child viewing kicks off the yearlong event Strong Fathers, Strong Families, which aims to help fathers foster relationships with their families, according to a statement from the White House.
“Father’s Day reminds us parents that we have no more solemn obligation than to care for our children. But far too many young people in America grow up without their dads, and communities are challenged as a result,” said President Obama, “Through my administration’s fatherhood initiative and the year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families, we’re taking steps to offer men who want to be good fathers a little extra help, while working with partners around the country to encourage personal responsibility and help fathers connect with kids.”
As Obama’s “daddy stimulus package” kicks off, we just hope it doesn’t involve borrowing from China.