Obama Pledges New Steps to Promote Responsible Fatherhood

According to the LA Times President Obama on Monday pledged a series of new initiatives to support responsible fatherhood, but called on fathers to recognize the limits of government to achieve what only they can do in the home.

In his annual Father’s Day event, Obama urged fathers to mentor their own children – and to reach out to those in the community who don’t have strong parental or guardian support.

“We can’t legislate fatherhood,” Obama told a crowd gathered on the southeast side of Washington. “But what we can do is send a clear message to our fathers that there is no excuse for failing to meet their obligations.”

The initiatives include recruiting and supporting mentors and launching a fathering reentry program for ex-convicts.

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