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Obama Celebrates Early Father’s Day with BBQ Lunch

Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Celebrating an early Father’s Day, President Obama today made a surprise stop at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill. In a previously unannounced outing, the president had lunch with two active duty members of the military, both of whom are fathers, as well as two local barbers who are participating in an administration program promoting fatherhood.

The “Fatherhood Buzz” campaign is designed to “reach out to dads with positive information through barbers and barber shops as a part of the administration’s longstanding Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative,” according to the White House.

“The more information we’re getting out there to folks about how they could take responsibility for their kids, make sure that they’re in their child’s lives, help support their mother even if they’re not living with the mother, makes a huge difference,” the president told the men over heaping plates of barbecue.

Explaining his administration’s efforts to support families, the president said that children with involved fathers are “are less likely to do drugs… girls are less likely to get pregnant.”

“That message is something that we want to make sure gets out there,” he said.

The president delivered brief remarks to the press before diving into a platter of ribs, collard greens, black eyed peas and rice and a corn muffin.

“We’re going to eat in peace now,” Obama said as the cameras were escorted out.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama Says Thanks to Military Families with White House BBQ

Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- From the White House south balcony, draped in bunting of red, white and blue, President Obama and his wife Michelle kicked off the annual Fourth of July White House barbecue by saying thank you to more than 1,200 military personnel and their families.

“I cannot think of anybody I’d rather celebrate with than all of you: the men and women of our military and our extraordinary military families,” Obama said.

“After all that you do for our country every day, we wanted to give you guys a chance to get out of the uniform, relax a little bit and have some fun,” the president continued.

This is the third consecutive year that Obama has opened the annual South Lawn Fourth of July barbecue to military service members and their families.

The Fourth of July, Obama said, is not only a time to gather and celebrate but it’s also “a time for us to reflect on the meaning of America. … A nation that has lead revolutions in commerce, that sent a man to the moon, that lifted up the poor, that cured the sick, a nation that fought for democracy and served as a beacon of hope around the world.  But all this could only happen because of our founders central faith that through democracy and individual rights ordinary people have it within their means to forge a nation that is more just and more equal and more free.”

And the president promised the crowd that “as long as I have the privilege of serving as your Commander in Chief, I’m going to make sure that you have the support that you need in the field.  I’m going to make sure you get the care you deserve when you come home.  And, with the help of Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden, we will make sure that America takes care of your families.”

Obama was referring to the latest Internet project by Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden called, a website designed to bring help to struggling military families.

“You’re the reason why America and our armed forces remain the greatest force for peace and security the world has ever known,” he said.  “This day is possible because of your service.”

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