Barack Obama understands intimately the profound problems that fatherless families pose for the black community.
The title of Obama’s 2004 autobiography, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” alludes to his experience of searching for his identity after growing up in a family without the presence of his Kenyan-born father.
Obama’s campaign website contains a section entitled “Strengthen fatherhood and families,” in which the president-elect pledges to fund “support services for fathers and their families.”
And as a dedicated parent of two young daughters, Obama is acquainted on a day-to-day basis with the challenge of striving to be a great dad to his kids.
All this suggests that finding ways to address the epidemic of fatherlessness that plagues America’s black community could be one of the key areas where the incoming president can make common cause with Christians.
“My colleagues have also said to me that [Obama’s] election is a platform for addressing issues that no white politician dares touch, such as black absentee fatherhood,” the Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, said in a Nov. 5 conference call sponsored by the Faith In Public Life organization. “I agree with them.”
Catholic organizations like the Knights of Columbus have a wealth of expertise in forming fathers, and they’d love to share it with our next president...
Miracles are possible... but right now, Obama supports STRONGLY all the anti-family, anti- marriage, anti- fatherhood positions. A lot of formation will be needed - starting with Obama, before he is able to do anything constructive. It seems his best idea for reducing the instance of fatherless babies is to kill the babies. That also seems to be his solution for poverty. I don't think the black community will 'find' their families with Obama's help.