Saluting the First Father, President Obama

Saluting the First Father, President Obama
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 17, 2010

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Barack Obama, here only a candidate for Senate in Illinois, sits with his wife Michelle and his two adorable daughters Sasha and Malia in 2004.

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Obama has always been a family man, and his whirlwind schedule of campaigning for the Presidency in 2007 did not keep him spending quality time with his wife and two daughters. Here, the family plays cards in their campaign RV.

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Obama drives a bumper car with his daughter Sasha at the Iowa State Fair.

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Obama carries his daughter Sasha after giving his remarkable speech about fatherhood at the Apostolic Church of God in 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama spoke about the importance of fathers being involved in the raising of their children. The speech is worth revisiting every Father’s Day.

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President Obama enjoys a moment in the shade with Sasha before speaking at an Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2007 in Iowa.

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Barack Obama jokes with his two daughters Malia and Sasha during a family picnic in 2008.

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Obama gets a big hug from daughter Malia at the Honolulu Zoo on December 30, 2008.

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Obama helps his daughter Sasha roller skate in Lafayette, Indiana.

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A few days before the 2008 election, Obama takes Sasha trick or treating around thier Chicago neighborhood.

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A few days before the election, Obama is greeted with loving arms by his two beautiful daughters as he got off his plane on November 1, 2008.

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President Obama never shied away from displaying his love for his wife and family before the world. These moments warmed the hearts of voters nationwide.

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U.S. President elect Barack Obama hugs his oldest daughter Malia after giving his victory speech on November 4, 2008.

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Obama gets a kiss from Malia as he drops his daughters off at school.

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Michelle watches as Sasha gives her daddy the thumbs up following his oath of office as 44th US president at the US Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2009. What an iconic moment.

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Obama introduces his daughters to their new dog, Bo, a six-month old Portuguese water dog. Bo was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.

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The President and his daughters have some fun egg rolling on Easter Day.

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July 4th, besides being a national holiday, is also Malia’s b-day. Obama kisses the birthday girl as First Lady Michelle Obama and Sasha look on after he delivered a speech to celebrate Independence Day and to honor military heroes and their families on the South Lawn in 2009.

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Obama takes out his daughters Malia Sasha and Malia to shop in a general store on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 30, 2009.

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Barack Obama and Sasha stroll through the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii on January 3, 2010. For New Year’s the First Family returned to the President’s birthstate for a brief vacation.

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Barack Obama has shaved ice with Malia and Sasha in Kailua, Hawaii.

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Obama treats his kids with some fast food in Martha’s Vineyard.

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The President looks down at his loving daughter as they walk hand in hand. The child’s smile speaks volumes of their beautiful family life.

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The President, his mother-in-law Marian Robinson, his wife and kids make their way to this year’s Easter egg rolling tradition. We’re amazed how quickly the two girls have grown. Sasha just celebrated her 9th birthday on June 10th. Malia will turn 12 on July 4th.

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Looks like Sasha has inherited her mommy’s savvy sense of style. The President and First Lady make their way to board Marine One, the First family is headed to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend.

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Last weekend, Obama took Malia to her soccer game at Rudolph Elementary School. It’s the small moments like these that Malia will never forget sharing with her dad. Happy Father’s Day, Mr. President!