Obama chastises absentee fathers

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama Sunday criticized absentee fathers, particularly African-American fathers, The New York Times said.

Obama chastises absentee fathers
Speaking at a Father's Day church service at Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, the Illinois senator said American men need to become more responsible parents.

"We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception," Obama said.

"Too many fathers are MIA, too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes," he said. "They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.

"You and I know this is true, but nowhere is it more true than in the African-American community."

Noting that "more than half of all black children live in single-parent households," Obama said that percentage had doubled since his own childhood, when his father left his family.

Obama called on mothers and fathers to promote better eating habits and study methods.

"I know how hard it is to get kids to eat properly," he said. "But I also know that folks are letting our children drink eight sodas a day, which some parents do, or, you know, eat a bag of potato chips for lunch. Buy a little desk or put that child at the kitchen table. Watch them do their homework."

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