Does President Obama Have "Daddy Issues?"
On her July 27, 2014 show, Melissa Harris Perry shared with her Nerdland audience that her parents were unmarried and that her father was not in the home. This made me reflect on my piece from 2013 in which I responded to her claim that President Obama has "Daddy Issues." Here is that piece:
On February 15, 2013, President Obama traveled to his home of Chicago to speak on “strengthening the economy of the middle class.” Despite the official title provided by the White House, the media billed this as a “speech on poverty and gun violence,” perhaps because it is the topic du jour or perhaps because Hadiya Pendleton, the young woman who was killed as a result of gun violence not long after performing at President Obama’s Inauguration, was from Chicago.
Sigh...the fatherhood thing is distressing for me President Obama. I know you don't mean to say single moms cause gun violence, but...
There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families -- which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood.
Don’t get me wrong -- as the son of a single mom, who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay. But -- no, no, but I think it’s -- so we’ve got single moms out here, they’re heroic in what they’re doing and we are so proud of them. But at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved. Loving, supportive parents -- and, by the way, that’s all kinds of parents -- that includes foster parents, and that includes grandparents, and extended families; it includes gay or straight parents.
So if I have a critique of even one element of the President's speech than I should be vilified? Interesting.
So we should encourage marriage by removing the financial disincentives for couples who love one another but may find it financially disadvantageous if they get married. We should reform our child support laws to get more men working and engaged with their children.