President Obama on Friday delivered a tragically underreported speech on the South Side of Chicago, where he discussed the urban plagues of gun violence, poverty, education failure and absentee fathers.
On Saturday, thankfully, the all-knowing Geraldo stepped into the fray.
YES! FINALLY! YOU TELL ‘EM, GERALDO!
Because lord knows this absentee president has never talked about urban fathers taking responsibility for their children. Never. Nope.
“Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWOL,” he told a huge African-American congregation in Chicago. “There’s a hole in your heart if you don’t have a male figure in the home that can guide you and lead you and set a good example for you.”
“What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child — any fool can have a child,” he said, to applause. “That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”
• He didn’t host a town hall on fatherhood in 2009, where he said, “If we want our children to succeed in life, we need fathers to step up. We need fathers to understand that their work doesn’t end with conception – that what truly makes a man a father is the ability to raise a child and invest in that child.”
• He certain didn’t reference this town hall a year later in 2010:
We can all agree that we’ve got too many mothers out there forced to do everything all by themselves. They’re doing a heroic job, often under trying circumstances. They deserve a lot of credit for that. But they shouldn’t have to do it alone. The work of raising our children is the most important job in this country, and it’s all of our responsibilities — mothers and fathers. Now, I can’t legislate fatherhood — I can’t force anybody to love a child. But what we can do is send a clear message to our fathers that there is no excuse for failing to meet their obligations. What we can do is make it easier for fathers who make responsible choices and harder for those who avoid those choices. What we can do is come together and support fathers who are willing to step up and be good partners and parents and providers.
• His 2011 Father’s Day proclamation never happened:
My Administration has made supporting fathers and their communities a priority. Last year on Father’s Day, I announced the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, a nationwide effort to support organizations that foster responsible fatherhood and help re-engage fathers in the lives of their children. We have bolstered community and faith-based programs that provide valuable support networks for fathers. We are also promoting work-life balances that benefit families, and partnering with businesses across America to create opportunities for fathers and their children to spend time together. And military leaders are joining in our efforts to help families keep in touch when a dad is deployed overseas, so the fathers who serve to protect all our children can stay connected to their own.
And that’s what could be found executing a simple front-page Google search. Surely President Obama’s spoken on this issue plenty more. Perhaps Obama has been ineffective, and then that’s a whole separate, more acceptable charge, but to say he’s “finally” doing something is either intellectual dishonesty or anti-intellectual just-not-knowing-how-to-use-Google.
But you tell ’em, Geraldo. Open that vault of whoop-ass on Obama.