Obama's Greatest Failure as a President
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A Good Man
While I do not agree politically with President Obama on almost every issue he has taken a stand on, I must acknowledge that he as a husband and a father is a very good man. President Obama as a family man behaves in a way that many fathers should look up to. Sure, there are better fathers out there, but I'm not going to compare because a good father and husband is a good father and husband. He does his best with what he has and knows.
So the failure is that President Obama has failed to hold those of his ethnic origins (African) to the standard he has set. It is no secret that 66% of the African American families is a single parent home. Social issues abound that relate to the negative effects of not having a father in the home. Now, there are of course situations such as divorce or death that affect these homes, but the lion's share of the blame falls of fathers that refuse to take responsibility for their children. Fathers who do not marry the mother of their children or provide for them. President Obama belongs to a ethnic demographic that honors him for obtaining the highest public office in this nation. If he were to come out and challenge the men of the African American community to emulate him and to be good, responsible fathers, the he would have an effect that would be incalculable. If Michelle Obama where to tell the women of the African American community to not have relations with men who do not commit to respect them and help to raise the children they make together, the effects would go still further.
Current research shows that the success of children has more to do with having both parents involved with them and less to do with almost all other factors. There are some correlations between income and quality education, but I would propose that that has more to do with a parent or parents spending more time trying to make a living and less to do with the actual wage level. The potential for a positive shift in the paradigm of the African community as a whole would be amazing!
I want to be clear, the statistics I cite are not meant to say there are not communities of African American's who are not good parents, fathers and mothers. Also, I am not saying that there is no love between parent and child. Nor am I claiming that there is some sort of racial or ethnic inferiority because of this. I firmly believe that the idea of race is artificial and stupid. It is a social construct created to justify bad behavior towards our brothers and sisters. The color of ones skin has no bearing on their worth. The sad truth is that a culture of disrespect and irresponsibility has grown thanks to government meddling in the lives of the African American ethnic minority.
So, to repeat my claim, President Obama's greatest failure is that he has not challenge the men of the African American community to take responsibility for their children. He has not challenged them to marry the mothers of their children and to step up and be fathers to them. Until such time as he does this, this article will stand as a testament to that failure. Should his actions change, I will be sure to change my tune.