Barack Obama: Being President Made Me A Better Father

June 22, 2015  |  

For the past six years, President Barack Obama has been busy running a nation and managing a family. Meanwhile, I’ve been struggling to juggle work, have a social life and not miss any holidays or events significant enough to place me in the doghouse with my relatives.

One would assume that having the weight of the White House on his shoulders would impose on the time and energy that Obama has to devote family, but according to the commander-in-chief, the presidency has helped him to improve in the fatherhood department.

In an essay published in the July/August MORE magazine titled “How The Presidency Made Me A Better Father,” Obama explains the transformation. An excerpt from his essay reads:

When you’re the President of the United States, you’re surrounded at all times—by aides, by press, by Secret Service, by crowds. It’s a bubble that’s hard to escape.

That’s what makes the people with whom you surround yourself in those rare private moments all the more important.

It just so happens that I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by women. They’re the most important people in my life. They’re the people who’ve shaped me the most. And in this job, they are my sanctuary.

People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more “normal” than it’s ever been.

The July/August issue of MORE magazine hits stands on June 23. First Lady Michelle Obama stepped in as a guest editor for the issue.

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