Is the theme of family fading from State of the Union? Presidents Reagan and Clinton made family central to their speeches to Joint Sessions of Congress. George Washington and George Bush didn't. Barack Obama referred to family seven times in the 2011 State of the Union.
President Obama spoke out this week on the challenges couples face balancing work and family life. While workers may not always be able to influence company policies, research shows that improving communication skills, emotional understanding, and the ability to work through typical marital conflicts helps couples boost the bottom line at home and for their employers.
As President Obama prepares to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for a White House Peace Summit this week, lessons from the trenches of marriage education and reconciliation offer a foundation for success.
"From the first moments of life, the bond forged between a father and a child is sacred. Whether patching scraped knees or helping with homework, dads bring joy, instill values, and introduce wonders into the lives of their children," begins President Barack Obama's Father's Day Proclamation. Read more along with essays from inner-city children on the meaning of Father's Day.
President Obama this week urged the Class of 2010 to persevere, take responsibility, deepen empathy, and give back. He encouraged young people to build skills, not make excuses, learn what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes, and give back, values that are the foundation for strong families, organizations, and communities.