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Our 13 Favorite Photos of President Obama Being a Dad

In honor of Father's Day, we're sharing some of our favorite pictures of President Obama with his daughters, Sasha and Malia.

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

Happy Father’s Day!