President Obama spoke as a father, and as a son who grew up without one, in his weekly radio and Internet address. In celebration of Father’s Day, the POTUS reflected on the impact a dad can have on the lives of their children.
“For Michelle and my girls, I try every day to be the husband and father my family didn’t have when I was young,” he said. “I know how important it is to have a dad in your life, because I grew up without my father around. I felt the weight of the absence.”
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Mr. Obama went to on to say it takes courage to be a father. “Every chance I get, I encourage fathers to get more involved in their children’s lives, because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to have a child — it’s the courage to raise one.”
“Over the past couple years, I’ve met with a lot of young people who don’t have a father figure around. And while there’s nothing that can replace a parent, any of us can do our part to be a mentor, a sounding board, a role model for a kid who needs one,” he added, sharing the importance of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “Now, when I launched this initiative, I said that government can’t play the primary role in a young person’s life. Taking responsibility for being a great parent or mentor is a choice that we, as individuals, have to make. No government program can ever take the place of a parent’s love.”
He concluded, “Let’s make sure every dad who works hard and takes responsibility has the chance to know that feeling, not just on one Sunday, but every day of the year.”
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1. Favorite TV Dads
While we're getting ready to honor our own fathers this month, let's take a look at some of our favorite TV dads over the years and remember why we fell in love with them!
2. Cliff Huxtable - "The Cosby Show"
Topping this list is Cliff Huxtable, who is the definition of a great dad. Even though he is a TV character, he is well respected and looked up to like a real father. Cliff kept his family strong, loving and always laughing while somehow managing to teach them valuable life lessons that even we could relate to. Each week, he made us feel like we were part of the family too, perhaps making him the best TV dad ever.
3. Carl Winslow - "Family Matters"
Anybody that can put up with Steve Urkel's quirkiness for years is enough for Carl Winslow to make this list of favorite TV dads. Steve was always up to something to keep Carl on his toes. Although he annoyed Carl and his family, they accepted Steve into their home and made sure that in the process of their crazy adventures, we all learned valuable life lessons.
4. Bernie Mac - "The Bernie Mac Show"
Bernie Mac better known as Uncle Bernie on this series sure had his hands full when he took in his sister’s kids as if they were his own. The kids didn't hesitate to make their Uncle Bernie's life adventurous to say the least. Although they were the cause of the majority of Bernie's stress, he loved his nieces and nephew as if they were his own and made sure that while they were acting a fool, they felt loved.
5. Julius - "Everybody Hates Chris"
Although Julius on "Everybody Hates Chris" was extremely cheap, he made sure his family was happy. He worked two jobs (as Rochelle often proclaimed to anyone who would listen) to make sure his family had the best his coupons could buy. Although their family wasn't wealthy, they felt rich with Julius around because he was a great provider, protector and overall great father to Chris and his siblings.
6. Uncle Phil - "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is a classic! Phillip Banks a.k.a Uncle Phil's relationship with his family was one of a kind. On the show, Uncle Phil was always there to provide for and protect his family - even after he was constantly getting laughed at by Jeffrey and Will. He earned a special place in America's hearts when he stepped up in Will's life and embraced him as his own making him one of our favorites!
7. Pops - "The Wayans Brothers"
No matter what role John Whiterspoon plays, we will always refer to him as Pops. Pops is the stable for black fathers in Hollywood and is known for playing the dad in movies and shows like "Friday", "Boomerang" and "The Wayans Brothers". Pops' signature phrase, of course, is "bang bang bang" and he always makes sure to throw it in a couple priceless on screen father-son moments with his TV sons. Gotta love Pops!
8. Michael Kyle - "My Wife and Kids"
Who didn't love the "Michael Kyle Signature Moments" on "My Wife and Kids"? Michael Kyle was a one of a kind TV dad. When he wasn't busy laughing with his wife, he was keeping up with his three kids and their hilarious lives. Everyday was fun in the Kyle household and even when the kids were being punished, Michael made sure they got a good laugh out of their mistakes. Who wouldn't want a dad like Michael Kyle?
9. Flex Alexander - "One on One"
When Breanna came to live with her superstar dad, Flex Alexander, it looked like a disaster just waiting to happen. Flex was a former basketball player who loved to party and Breanna was a teenager who was ready to explore. Flex had a tough time adjusting from the life of a bachelor to a full time dad, but turned his life around for his daughter. Flex and Breanna's father daughter relationship is one for the books!
10. Frank Mitchell - "Moesha"
Frank Mitchell was also a great TV dad. Although he had a dark secret that he kept from his family for years, he eventually came clean and did everything in his power to make things right with Moesha and the rest of his family. Frank Mitchell taught us that no family is perfect and everybody makes mistakes but family is forever and love is unconditional.
11. Ray Campbell - "Sister Sister"
Ray Campbell didn't know he would be getting a two for one deal in the form of twin girls when he adopted Tamera as a baby on the "Sister Sister" series. After he accepted Tamera's twin sister Tia as his daughter as well, he became even more loved as a TV dad! He was careful to make sure that the girls had an awesome father in their lives and helped them grow into reputable women, both on and off camera.