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President Obama has launched the very corny “Fatherhood Buzz” campaign. He discussed it at a photo-op lunch with two D.C.-area barbers and two servicemen (Obama’s military pandering isn’t getting enough notice in the press):
And then the reason the two older gentlemen are here is, as I was mentioning, barbershops are where a lot of men go — and we want to work with them — we want to work with barbershops to figure out how we can get better information to fathers about resources that are available to them so they can find job training programs; they can find support groups for fathers. Because 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.
In reality, most men go to SuperCuts and get their hair trimmed by a chick with a wrist tattoo and three different colors in her hair. Really there is only one group of men for whom a trip to the barber shop is a social event. That’s perfectly fine. They’re the group that could benefit from this initiative the most.
It turns out that with the father being involved, the kids are less likely to do drugs, they’re less likely to — girls are less likely to get pregnant. And so that message is something that we want to make sure gets out there. And barbershops are a good place to do it, so that’s where everybody hangs out — right?
Yes, after years and years of painstaking research *it turns out*, oddly enough and beyond our wildest expectations, that an involved father is good for children. Perhaps I’m being too harsh in my interpretation of Obama’s phrasing. But on that note, and as Jeannie DeAngelis also points out, Obama backs the father-mother dyad over the father-father or mother-mother models.
It’s also a testament to a deep cultural perversion that a silly initiative called “Fatherhood Buzz” which is replete with suggestions to fathers about fun questions that they should prod their kids with is supposed to reintroduce fathers with what was once a pretty organic thing. I think that we used to know that fathers are a good thing. That kids are less likely to do stupid things when fathers are around. We used to know that, but then we unlearned it and now Obama will teach us again.