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Entries in Father's Day (6)

Sunday
Jun162013

Jeb Bush Says His Father is the 'Best Man I’ve Ever Met'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In a special Father’s Day edition of the Sunday Spotlight on ABC’s This Week, former Florida governor Jeb Bush reflected on lessons learned from his father and hinted about his own political future.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jon Karl, Bush spoke about Father’s Days spent in the Bush household and called the 41st president “the best dad and the best man I’ve ever met.”

“He’s a humble guy,” Bush said. “Every day was Father’s Day as I’m concerned.”

Bush said his father’s lessons on humility have stayed with him. As Bush reflected on his loss in a 1994 Florida gubernatorial run, he recalled the resiliency his father taught him.

“I ended up learning that losing actually turns out to be pretty good,” Bush said. “It makes you better. You learn and grow.”

Bush said his father’s reaction to losing his 1992 presidential bid also inspired him.

“I think my dad’s post-presidency, he didn’t miss a beat,” Bush said. “He didn’t get into any kind of ‘woe is me.’ He dusted himself off and led an incredible life since 1993.”

Bush opened up about his father’s health challenges. President Bush celebrated his 89th birthday on June 12th and donned a signature pair of colorful Superman socks for the occasion.

“I think it was hard at first for my dad to transition to being immobile,” Bush said.

“I think he’s in a good place. He’s mentally alert,” he added. “He’s spiritually in a place that we should all envy.”

The former Florida governor is frequently mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate -including by family members.

His father and brother, George W. Bush, have encouraged Jeb to enter the race in 2016, while his mother, Barbara, concluded that there have been “enough Bushes” in the White House.

“I think we’ve got a split ballot amongst the Bush senior family. Pretty sure that’s the case,” Bush said smiling.

For now, the Bush family is focused on their Father’s Day letter writing contest, recently launched to honor fathers and promote former First Lady Barbara Bush’s Foundation for Family Literacy.

Bush says the project honors his father’s love of writing letters and encourages families to get involved in the “process of teaching kids how to read and giving them the joy of reading.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun162012

Obama Says Father’s Day a ‘Forgotten Holiday’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- With Father’s Day around the corner, President Obama admitted Friday that  his wife once scolded him for suggesting it was a “forgotten holiday.”

Over lunch with campaign supporters in downtown Washington, the president complained that people tended to make a bigger deal out of Mother’s Day.

“There was one year that I got a tie or something, and I said why is it that everybody makes a big deal about Mother’s Day and Fathers Day seems to be the forgotten holiday?” he said. “And Michelle looks at me, and she says, ‘Let me tell you what, every day is Father’s Day. You’re always getting a treat.’”

The president’s comments came as he talked with four winners of the Dinner With Barack IV campaign contest winners over lunch at the Lincoln Restaurant in D.C. Friday.

As for this Father’s Day, Obama plans to spend it at home in Chicago with his family.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun202011

On Father’s Day, Obama Takes Daughters Out for Ice Cream

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama took his daughters Malia and Sasha, along with his niece and nephew, out for ice cream Sunday night.

The Father's Day outing to Thomas Sweet, an ice cream spot in Georgetown, comes the day before his daughters travel with their mother to Africa.

The symbolic outing capped off several days of the president trying to emphasize fatherhood.

In an e-mail message on Sunday, Obama announced an initiative to support fathers.  He said his administration will help men who want to be good fathers facing challenges spending time with their kids.  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Major League Baseball, Groupon, LivingSocial and the WNBA are among the organizations and businesses that will offer discounts and special offers for fathers and kids.

Drawing from his own experience of growing up barely knowing his father, Obama has tried for several years now to use his influence to encourage fathers to do their jobs.  In 2008, then a candidate for president, Obama told a black church in Chicago, “We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.”

He added, “Too many fathers are MIA, too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun202011

Ann Romney Makes Rare Personal Message on 'Husband Day'

Darren McCollester/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a rare personal message from Ann Romney, wife of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, the mother of five wrote about why Sunday was not just Father's Day in their household, but "Husband Day."

"With five boys and sixteen grandchildren, we have a total of six fathers in the Romney household with whom to celebrate Father’s Day," wrote Ann Romney on her husband's presidential website Sunday.  "That’s a lot of fathers.  For me, though, today is not so much Father’s Day as Husband Day.  My husband has been a great father to our boys, and they certainly know that and show that every day of their lives.  But Mitt has been a remarkable husband to me."

Ann Romney went on to describe her own health struggles over the years -- in 1998 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and then, in 2008, she was diagnosed and treated successfully for early stage breast cancer.

Of Romney's support during her battle with MS, Ann Romney wrote, "It was Mitt’s love and support that truly healed me.  My husband put everything aside for me.  Devotion is a word that I now understand in a new way.  Our five boys saw this side of their father, too.  So did the one grandchild who was old enough to understand."

"If Father’s Day is a truly special occasion in our home, I hope you understand why," wrote Ann Romney.

The presidential candidate drew attention to his wife's post by tweeting, "Thanks Ann for your touching Father's Day post," just hours after posting a photo of him and his own father, the late George Romney.

Mitt and Ann Romney have been married for more than 42 years.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun182011

ABC News Exclusive: President Obama Talks Fatherhood

Official White House Photo by Annie Leibovitz(WASHINGTON) -- With Father's Day drawing near, President Obama sat down with ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview and shared some thoughts about fatherhood.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, 47, have two daughters, Sasha, 10, and Malia, 12.

The president, 49, opened up about what it was like to become a father for the first time, describing a scene that he says unfolded like the "the classic comical father situation."

When his wife told him she believed it was time to go to the hospital, he said his reaction was "like out of a sitcom.

"You know, I jump up and I'm looking for the bag. And fumbling for the car keys … ."

But, when he saw his daughter for the first time "it was love at first sight," he said.

As a father, the president said his chief worry was for his two daughters' health.

"One of my worst days was when Sasha, when she was 3 months old, got meningitis. And we rushed her to the emergency room. And … there was a stretch of time where we didn't know whether it might do permanent damage," he said.

Sasha had to have a spinal tap.

"You know … your world narrows to a very small point. That's all you care about," he said.

Asked whether he and the first lady were ready for what could happen when the girls became teenagers, he was very much the proud father.

"Number one. Malia and Sasha, for whatever reasons – and I think Michelle gets the lion's share of the credit – are right now just wonderful kids. They're smart, they're funny. But most importantly, they're kind, they're respectful, they're responsible, they're well-behaved. I could not ask for better kids. And so, I'm not anticipating complete mayhem for the next four, five years," he said.

He jokingly added: "I should also point out that I have men with guns that surround them often … ," adding that that security was "a great incentive" for running for re-election.

Any potential future boyfriends might want to take note.

"I might invite him over to the Oval Office," Obama said of any boys who could be in the girls' future, "ask him for his GPA. Find out what his intentions are, in terms of career.

He added: "Malia, Sasha, if you're watching this, I'm just joking."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun182011

Obama's Weekly Address: Reflecting on Fatherhood

Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama reflects on fatherhood, calling it “my hardest, but always my most rewarding job.”
 
The president details how the absence of his own father has inspired him to be a better parent. “I grew up without my father around. He left when I was two years old, and even though my sister and I were lucky enough to have a wonderful mother and caring grandparents to raise us, I felt his absence.  And I wonder what my life would have been like had he been a greater presence. That’s why I’ve tried so hard to be a good dad for my own children,” he says
 
Obama goes on to explain what children need most from their parents are time, structure -- “Malia and Sasha may live in the White House these days, but Michelle and I still make sure they finish their schoolwork, do their chores and walk the dog” --  and unconditional love.
 
He points out that many fathers don’t have the time or resources to be as good as fathers as they would like to be, in part due to the state of the economy, and touts his administration’s efforts to offer “men who want to be good fathers a little extra support.”
 
“Our kids are pretty smart.  They understand that life won’t always be perfect, that sometimes, the road gets rough, that even great parents don’t get everything right. But more than anything, they just want us to be a part of their lives,” he says.
 
The president shares that, despite his busy schedule, he has taken on a “second job” to spend more time with his daughter Sasha: assistant coach for her basketball team.
 
“It was a lot of fun -- even if Sasha rolled her eyes when her dad voiced his displeasure with the refs,” he says. “I was so proud watching her run up and down the court, seeing her learn and improve and gain confidence.  And I was hopeful that in the years to come, she’d look back on experiences like these as the ones that helped define her as a person -- and as a parent herself.”      
 
“In the end, that’s what being a parent is all about -- those precious moments with our children that fill us with pride and excitement for their future; the chances we have to set an example or offer a piece of advice; the opportunities to just be there and show them that we love them.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio