The touching message was shared on social media with a picture of young Barack with his girls.
On Sunday, the whole world shared loving posts about fathers, father figures, and single moms to ring in Father's Day. The former President also received a sweet tribute from his loving wife Michelle, along with a throwback image of him with their daughters. She shared: Thank you for the way you love our girls—and all the young people in this country, no matter who they are or where they come from. We feel your warmth and generosity today and everyday. Happy Father’s Day, Barack! ❤️ In an essay he wrote for PEOPLE back in 2011, he spoke about 'being the father I never had' to Sasha and Malia. Obama shared that his father left him and his family when he was just two-years-old.
Even though he had a great mother and amazing grandparents taking care of him, he did miss his father's presence. It is perhaps for this reason that fatherhood is so important to me, and why I’ve tried so hard to be there for my own children. He wrote that his experience is helping him become a better father to his daughters with each passing day and he's learning a lot on the journey, too. Without a doubt, it is easier to raise children in this kind of caring, attentive atmosphere when both parents are present. Of course, there are plenty of single parents who do a heroic job of raising their kids. I know this because I was fortunate enough to have one-a mother who never allowed my father’s absence to be an excuse for slacking off or not doing my best. But more and more kids are growing up today without their dads. And those young folks are more likely to struggle in school, try drugs, get into trouble and even wind up in jail.
As parents. it is important to lead by example adds Obama. No matter how difficult life gets, we can show our kids through our own example the value in treating each other as we wish to be treated. These things we can all do. Our kids understand that life won’t always be perfect, that times get tough and that even great parents don’t get everything right. More than anything, they just want us to be there-to be present, to care about their lives. He concluded the letter by adding that the little moments are what matters. In the end that’s what being a parent is all about: those precious moments, the times we spend with our children that fill us with pride and excitement for their future; the chances we have to set an example or offer a piece of advice or just be there to show that we love them. And that’s a lesson worth remembering not just on Father’s Day, but every other day too.
Given the unrest in the country, Obama has been extremely vocal about his support to victims of racial abuse, adds PEOPLE. During a virtual town hall, he said he wanted to "speak directly to the young men and women of color in this country who have witnessed too much violence and too much death," including violence at the hands of police. "I want you to know that you matter," Obama, 58, said, directly addressing the country's minority youth groups. "I want you to know that your lives matter, that your dreams matter. And when I go home and I look at the faces of my daughters Sasha and Malia, and I look at my nephews and nieces, I see limitless potential that deserves to flourish and thrive."