By John W. Lillpop
President Obama went to the war-torn streets of Chicago and argued that gun violence, and other social decay, so prevalent in his hometown could be attacked by promoting marriage and fatherhood.
As reported at the reference:
President Barack Obama argued that involved fathers, positive role models, and “strong, stable families” are key to reducing violence and it’s “not just a gun issue,” in a speech he gave Friday in his former hometown of Chicago.
“There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families — which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,” Obama said.
Chicago is one of the most violent cities in America, where 40 people were killed by guns in the last month. First Lady Michelle Obama attended a funeral there last week for Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl, who was shot dead in a park a week after participating in the presidential inauguration.
“When a child opens fire on another child, there’s a hole in that child’s heart that government can’t fill — only community and parents and teachers and clergy can fill that hole,” he said. “There are entire neighborhoods where young people, they don’t see an example of somebody succeeding. For a lot of young boys and young men in particular, they don’t see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles who are in a position to support families and be held up and respected.”
Nobody can argue with the idea that strong families and good fathers are vital to young males struggling to grow up in a confusing world, mad world!
The problem with Obama’s pitch is that his words smack of utter hypocrisy!
Indeed, after delivering his Shout Out to Fathers and Strong Families spiel, the president flew off to Florida for a golfing weekend with Tiger Woods, the last man one with any common sense would hold up as a model of good fatherhood or as an example of a dedicated family man!
There is no doubt that Tiger is a splendid, world-class athlete whose work ethic and tireless commitment to excellence are laudable and worthy of emulation.
Still, immediately after delivering such a powerful call for positive male role models and strong families, golfing with a known adulterer and party animal like Tiger Woods gives Obama’s words an all-too-familiar ring–that of hypocritical double talk!
Also known as “bull excrement”!
John W. Lillpop
San Jose, California