I’m glad that I was beyond the reach of the news this Father’s Day, because if I had listened to the news on Sunday, I know I would have been left with the same sore feeling I get every year.
I’m not a perfect father, because I’m not a perfect person. I don’t have quite the resources to be around every day for my children, because I’m out there working to keep a roof over their heads. When I’m home, I give my kids all the attention I can.
Does that sound like an excuse?
Maybe it does to Barack Obama, who chose to title his Father’s Day speech this year: No Excuses. Like he did last year, President Obama chose to spend Father’s Day telling fathers how rotten they are.
On Mother’s Day, Obama wrote an official proclamation declaring that, “Generations of mothers have labored tirelessly and selflessly to support and guide their children and families.” On Father’s Day, however, Obama scolded American fathers that “there is no excuse for failing to meet their obligations.” Obama also “gave a nod to the single mothers picking up the slack,” opening up his speech with the statement that “We can all agree that we’ve got too many mothers out there forced to do everything all by themselves. They’re doing a heroic job, often under trying circumstances.”
Hey, Mr. Obama, it’s called Father’s Day for a reason. It’s a day of appreciation for fathers – not for mothers. We’re supposed to get a chance to relax and enjoy being with our families without being nagged at, told that we’re not good enough.
If Obama wants attack American fathers, I suppose that’s his right. Can his advisors please tell him to stop doing it on Father’s Day? Let him declare October 3rd to be National Fathers Are Lousy Bums Day. Let him make January 10 into Mothers Are Better Than Fathers Day. On Father’s Day, though, I just don’t want to hear the complaining.