Oh Great, Barack, Now I Have to Run for President

Suzanne Murray


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The new First Dad

with his First Family

I try to be a good mom. Really I do. I change my baby's diaper as soon as she goes poop, I've suffered through the challenges of breastfeeding (including a nasty case of poison ivy on my boobs), I've cut my nightly sleep time in half for more than a year now. Heck, I even learned to use an anal thermometer. But now that will never be good enough. Despite my best efforts, someday I'll have a sullen teenage daughter on my hands who tells me I don't love her.


"I mean, if you really loved me, you would have run for President," I can hear her saying. "Barack Obama did it for his daughters. You didn't change the world, mom!"

Oh Barack, Barack, why did you have to set the good parenting bar so high?

In this weekend's edition of Parade, our next president (and obviously loving dad) penned an open letter to his daughters Malia and Sasha. He writes:

"When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me—about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world. I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfilment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation."

Obama then goes on to say what he wants for every child—things like good schooling, a safer world—and signs it "Love, Dad." (You can read the entire letter here at Parade.)

I want all those things for my daughter too, so I wish him every success. But I also want to make sure my daughter knows I loved her enough to make those things happen. Which brings me back to my original point. I'm going to have to run for President. But first, I'd like to suss out the competition. Will any of you Baby Mamas be running? If you won't be throwing your hat in the ring, can I have your vote?

Do you think Obama's good dad qualities will help him be a good President?


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