Archive for June 19th, 2016

19
Jun
16

Happy Father’s Day: Dad-In-Chief

Obama-daughters

****

Joshua Kendall: Obama’s Most Unusual Legacy? Being A Good Dad

Shortly before the 2004 Illinois Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, which he was to win by a landslide, Barack Obama was riding high. After about a year of nonstop campaigning, the Illinois state senator had raised far more money than any of his rivals, and his path both to the nomination and to the floor of the U.S. Senate seemed assured. But his closest advisers sensed that the 42-year-old candidate and father of two — 5-year-old Malia and 2-year-old Sasha — was feeling a bit down and listless. As Valerie Jarrett later told biographer Richard Wolfe, she suggested that the candidate meet her for lunch at Chicago’s posh gym, the East Bank Club.

****

obama-daughters-ftr

****

“What’s wrong?” Obama asked “the principal,” as he referred to his chief aide. Jarrett replied, “Your heart isn’t in it. What’s wrong with you?” “I miss my girls,” Obama said as tears welled up. “I don’t want to be the kind of father I had.” But after composing himself, he added, “I’ll work it out. I’ll be okay.” This hands-on dad, who helped coach Sasha’s grammar school basketball team, puts a high premium on both connecting with and providing direction to his girls. At 6:30, Obama and his wife sit down with the girls for a family dinner without any outsiders. The evening meal, observed Obama’s former body-man Reggie Love, was treated “like a meeting in the Situation Room. There’s a hard stop before that dinner.” While aides sometimes call him back to work at 8:30 or 9, they rarely dare to go upstairs to bother him during the sacred dinner hour.

More here

****

3059AE1800000578-3408972-image-a-7_1453341244553

d91966c84f5d03eb33e2cab9b3ee1061

****

****

2AA2CF3E00000578-3166498-President_Obama_walks_with_his_daughter_Sasha_14_on_their_way_to-a-93_1437239509609

malia-sasha-obama

2ECEF47600000578-3334139-image-a-40_1448494015982

2ECF12A800000578-3334139-image-a-33_1448493686186

obama-daughters-01-800

AP_barack_obama_sasha_malia_2008_jt_150621_4x3_992

19
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat: Holding Hands

US first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama walk to Marine One after arriving at Castle Airport June 17, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama walk to Marine One after arriving at Castle Airport in Merced County, California




@POTUS

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@MichelleObama

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid complications
  • Sen. Manchin said to oppose key climate provision in budget bill
  • Trump set to be deposed in 2015 protester lawsuit
  • Are some GOP leaders souring on Trump?
  • Houston hospital continues vaccine mandate despite governor's ban

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 43,120,934 hits

WH Flickr