In an interview with President Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, President Obama said that "a lot of young men of color aren't doing well." He also talked about his own childhood, growing up without his father in his life.
"The truth is, is that a lot of young men of color aren't doing well. Partly because they don't have dads in their lives. Partly because they don't have networks of support. It's important to me partly because, you know, I grew up without a dad, and you know, I know that I went through my own struggles," said Obama, just days before Father's Day.
"I made a decision in young adulthood that it was going to be important for me to make sure that I was there for my kids," Obama added. "I've really tried to make sure that I didn't miss parent-teacher conferences, that I didn't miss the ballet recitals or the soccer games. I tried to be disciplined about if I'm in town, being home for dinner every single night, and I think it's made a difference. You know the one thing the girls know about me is I love them to death.