Obama Pays Tribute To Fathers

06.20.11 | Sarah Harnisch

Starting with his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Obama talked about what it was like to grow up abandoned by his dad. His father left the family when he was just two years old. On Sunday, he penned a letter to American fathers, talking about the joy of being a dad. He said at 6:30 every night, he stops what he's doing and has a family dinner. "For an hour or two or an hour and a half, my only focus is them," he added.

Also on Sunday, he kicked off the "Strong Fathers, Strong Families" campaign, a program that helps fathers have a more active role in their kids' lives. The President put together partnerships with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Major League Baseball to give discounts to dads who show up at the door with their kids. He said, "The absence of a father is felt by the mom, who works overtime and double shifts to put food on the table. And it's felt by our communities, when boys grow up without male leaders to inspire them."