President Obama Attends Daughter Sasha's Dance Recital & Exemplifies True Family Values

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ObamasWhether you agree with his politics or not, it's hard to argue that Barack and Michelle Obama are not good parents -- or argue it effectively anyway. They are hands-on, obviously loving, and they are fantastic role models for other parents. A perfect example of this came this weekend when President Obama was not in some high level meeting, or at a fancy dinner, but rather watching his daughter Sasha's dance recital.

Could he have asked for a private performance, or used one pretty darn good excuse for missing it -- you know, like having to run the country? Absolutely. But he didn't; he went.

It was held at an arts center in Bethesda, Maryland, and it was only about an hour that he was there. But what a thrill for the other parents and students there, and more importantly -- how meaningful for Sasha that her father was there.

Being a parent is about so much more than showing up, but showing up is also an important part of the job. We can pay for all the private lessons, expensive coaches and camps, but it's our interest in what our kids are doing that often helps them more than anything. It's them looking out into the crowd and seeing us there, caring about what they're doing.

It's not easy. Those earrrrrly Saturday morning soccer games would be so easy to skip for sleep. Saving vacations days for a "real" vacation can be much more tempting than using them to attend your kid's holiday performance. And we're all so busy -- they won't miss us, we think. But they do. That doesn't mean we'll never miss a game or have to be absent from a special performance, but it does mean we should do our best to be there for them, even when it's not convenient.

For all of the advantages we work to give our kids, sometimes the best thing we can give them is our time. I love that our President knows this and lives it. He's exemplifying family values at their finest.

Do you attend your children's activities?


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bills... billsfan1104

He does what every other parent does in this country. He is more special and he is no better than the other presidents who had children. This hero worship is getting scary.

BeckyP. BeckyP.

Couldn't agree more with billsfan. When is comes to being a parent, he's no different than any other loving, involved parent. I wish people would quit stroking his enormous ego for things that he SHOULD be doing anyway. Just because he's the president doesn't mean he's any busier than the average working man. His day is still only as long as anyone elses. Its so ridiculous that this is news. Its frightening.

howcrazy howcrazy

I think being the president means he is MUCH busier than the average working man. I would think the president works a little more than 8-5, mon- fri.

Torra... TorranceMom

Hit the nail on the head again billsfan! đź‘Ť

BeckyP. BeckyP.

Howcrazy, most people now a days do not work 8-5. They can't if they want to survive in this economy. My point is, there's only 24 hours in a day. Yes he's busy and his decisions affect people on a much bigger scale but that doesn't mean he's "busier". My husband works on average 60-70 hours per week, year round. We have very limited time as a family. Would he miss something important my son is doing, probably not. He'd find a way because that's what he's SUPPOSED to do as a FATHER.

nonmember avatar passer by

Family values? Ha! What a laugh.Obama supported PBAs (partial birth abortions) when he was senator of Ilinois..what a family man that guy is! He got the gullible-bleeding-heart-white-female vote didn't he? White women are the biggest sheeple there are

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