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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:29 AM

Obama: “What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one,”



IGOR BOBIC FEBRUARY 15, 2013, 6:07 PM 5164
President Barack Obama talked about the importance of parenting and life in his adopted hometown of Chicago on Friday, his third and final stop across the country to highlight the “ladders of opportunity” he spoke about in his State of the Union address.

In an unusually personal speech, Obama cited broken families and communities as one source of gun violence in Chicago, a city notorious for its high murder rate. It’s also where 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was killed by stray gunfire last month. She had performed in Obama’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington.

“I wish I had a father who was around and involved,” said Obama before a young audience at Hyde Park Academy High School.

“Loving, supporting parents — and, by the way, that’s all kinds of parents — that includes foster parents, and that includes grandparents, and extended families; it includes gay or straight parents” are the “single most important thing” to strengthening communities, Obama said. “What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one,” he added.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/02/obama-ties-broken-families-to-gun-violence-in-emotional-chicago-speech.php?ref=fpa

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Reply Obama: “What makes you a man is not the ability to make a child, it’s the courage to raise one,” (Original post)
kpete Feb 2013 OP
Arkansas Granny Feb 2013 #1
ProSense Feb 2013 #2
Arkansas Granny Feb 2013 #5
Scuba Feb 2013 #3
frazzled Feb 2013 #4
Catherina Feb 2013 #6
Schema Thing Feb 2013 #7
Catherina Feb 2013 #8
msongs Feb 2013 #9
smirkymonkey Feb 2013 #10

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:59 AM

1. Absolutely right.

It takes more than sperm to make a daddy.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:04 AM

2. Proof:

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh: I Can’t Afford Child Support Payments
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022354635

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Response to ProSense (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:29 AM

5. Yes, a prime example.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:08 AM

3. The Republican rebuttal will be provided by Joe Walsh.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:15 AM

4. It was a very wistful and personal speech

I watched it all, having an interest in what is going on in my city, especially with youth education and violence on the South and West sides.

By happenstance (or not), as they were awaiting for Obama to come on, the local radio was promoting last night's edition of "This American Life"—part one of a two part exploration of gangs in Chicago:

We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. We found so many incredible and surprising stories, this show is a two-parter; Part One airs this week, Part Two is next week.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/487/harper-high-school-part-one


I cannot recommend this program highly enough (listen at the above link). It will shatter your idea of what you think gangs are today. It will depress you about how numbingly hopeless life must be to these kids, that they take all these shootings as a matter of course. In a way, how complex and difficult this is to change, despite all the dedicated people at all levels trying to address it. It explains why the president, at least to me, sounded so sad yesterday.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:32 AM

6. That's setting the bar rather low

What makes you a man is not the ability to raise your own child, it’s the courage not to murder anyone else's defenseless children. Let's stop setting the bar so low.

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Response to Catherina (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:42 AM

7. Wait, Catherina, you just set a much lower bar than Obama articulated.



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Response to Schema Thing (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:46 AM

8. If that's how you see it, what can I say? n/t

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Response to Catherina (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:36 PM

9. unfortunately, some children are more valuable than others nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 01:40 PM

10. He is the ultimate man.

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