President Obama is performing his presidential obligations, responsibilities, and duties in his second term. He is obvious a great dad, to his two daughters. In February President Obama attended Sasha’s dance recital at an arts center in suburban Maryland. His oldest daughter Malia is 14. Both daughters have grown up in the spotlight of the media and public as the First Family. They are also the first black family to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in the history of this great nation. As Americans and throughout the world, we have watched this family grow and capture the center stage and the hearts of all Americans and the World.
His youngest daughter Sasha, is 11 years old. Any man can be a father, it takes a very special man to be a dad. President Obama is that man and he provides the world with that role model depiction. He finds and makes time for his family in spite of his busy job as President of the United States of America. Even after traveling the world and an engrossed and engaged day, the president is committed to making time for family a priority in the White House.
After attending the recital an hour later he returned to the White House to take care of business as president. No one can honestly say or image the job of a president unless of course they have had the opportunity to serve as President of the United States. We see President Obama getting on and off of Air Force One saluting and waving. We have no idea of the work that goes before and after he steps off of Air Force One. The job of president is not a 9 to 5 position nor is it a 5 day work week. The job of president is a 365 days work schedule.
The role of the President of the United States
The role of the president has requirements to be an inspiring example for the American people. As the American Chief of State, President Obama is a living symbol of the nation. Just to shake the hand of the president is an honor. To shake the hand of the American dad is illustrious and a privilege.
As Chief of the State President Obama wears many hats:
Awarding medals to the winners of college scholarships.
Congratulating astronauts on their journey into space.
Greeting visitors to the White House.
Making a patriotic speech on the Fourth of July.
Appointing someone to serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Holding a Cabinet meeting to discuss government business.
Reading reports about problems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Traveling to London to meet with British leaders.
Entertaining Japanese diplomats in the White House.
Writing a message or a letter to the leaders of the Soviet Union.
Inspecting a Navy yard.
Deciding, in wartime, whether to bomb foreign cities.
Calling out troops to stop a riot.
Inviting members of Congress to lunch in the White House.
Signing a bill of Congress.
Making a speech in Congress.
Choosing leading party members to serve in the Cabinet.
Traveling to California to speak at a rally for a party nominee to the U. S. Senate.
Meeting with economic advisers to discuss ways to reduce unemployment.
Meeting with business and labor leaders to discuss their needs and problems.
Adapted from ‘The Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court, Scholastic Inc. 1989.
‘It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.’ - John Sinor