Our 13 Favorite Photos of President Obama Being a Dad

  • President waiting with Sasha and Malia backstage before his speech at the Democratic National Convention

    President Obama waiting backstage before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. with daughters Malia and Sasha.

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  • President Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia

    President Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia.

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  • President Obama having a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David

    The President has a water gun fight with his daughter Sasha on her birthday weekend at Camp David, June 11, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza).

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  • Family Dinner in Moscow

    Family dinner is usually private time, but the First Family was having dinner atop their hotel in Moscow, which overlooked the Kremlin.

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  • President Obama blows out candles on his 43rd Birthday

    President Obama blows out birthday candles with First Lady Michelle Obama and his daughters on his 43rd birthday.

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  • President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point in Panama City Beach

    President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha swim at Alligator Point in Panama City Beach, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010.

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  • The President playing with his Daughters in the Snow

    President Obama plays in the snow in the Rose Garden with his daughters.

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  • President Barack Obama sits with Sasha during a barbecue in celebration of his 49th birthday

    President Barack Obama sits with daughter Sasha during a barbecue with family and friends in celebration of his 49th birthday on the South Lawn.

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  • resident Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television

    President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the DNC.

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  • President Obama and his daughter Sasha

    President Obama spends some time with his daughter, Sasha.

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  • President Obama with his daughters at Acadia National Park

    On a weekend trip to Acadia National Park in Maine, the President showed his daughters, Malia and Sasha, how to skip stones during a hike in the park.

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  • President Obama and his daughters visit a local bookstore on Small Business Day

    President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop at Kramerbook & Afterwords Cafe in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.

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  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughtersto attend an Easter service

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughters Sasha and Malia to attend an Easter service.

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President Obama has a lot of important responsibilities in the White House, but he’s said that no job is more important than being a father to his two daughters. We’ve put together a quick slide show of some of our favorite moments of the President being a parent.

This commitment to his family has also translated into the President’s policy agenda. For the past four years, President Obama has promoted legislation to encourage fathers to take on a more active role in their children’s lives through an inter-agency effort: the Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.

The Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative has prompted government agencies to enact programs to assist fathers in raising and supporting their families and has made a significant impact throughout the country.

The Reconnecting Dads Initiative, founded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, works with more than 300 Public Housing Authorities every year to provide men living in the public housing with resources to make them more self-sufficient and active in the lives of their families.

The White House also connects with local barbershops to promote the “Fatherhood Pledge” through the “Fatherhood Buzz Campaign.” This pledge provides resources and urges people to commit to promoting responsible fatherhood. In addition, this month, the White House is partnering with text4baby to target expecting fathers. The soon-to-be fathers will receive a free text message encouraging them to engage with their children early.

The Administration has also released reports and guides to aid fathers. Last year, the White House issued “Promoting Responsible Fatherhood,” a report that explains the President’s record on fatherhood. The U.S. Health and Human Services have also released the Head Start Father Engagement Birth to Five Programming Guide, which works with Head Start programs to provide strategies and resources to new fathers.

For more information on the Obama Administration’s efforts to encourage father’s involvement in their children’s lives, visit http://www.fatherhood.gov.

Happy Father’s Day!

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