All the Times President Obama Acted Just Like Your Dad, In Honor Of Father's Day
President Obama has been referred to as “Dad-In-Chief” on more than one occasion, and this Father’s Day will likely be no exception. Not only because he’s a devoted and vocal family man, but also because the president's demeanor is very dad-like. Remember how, during his very first speech as president-elect, he announced that he’d finally given into his daughter’s pleading and acquired a family dog? And have you seen his choice of jeans? Or the way he pumps iron at the gym? There's no doubt, Obama has most definitely earned his nickname.
Even President Obama's political style has been inspired by fatherhood. Just see what the Washington Post wrote in 2011, after the president compared Republicans to disobedient children in a press conference:
Obama’s decision to embrace the dad role is squarely aimed — politically, at least — at independent and moderate voters who ultimately want to feel like the federal government is keeping its eye on the big picture.
So, in honor of this upcoming Father’s Day, let’s take a look back at all of the times over the past six years that Obama truly embraced the “Dad-In-Chief” moniker — regardless of whether or not he was doing it on purpose.
that time he wore sandals with jeans
Dad jeans are one thing. Sandals with dad jeans are in another realm entirely.
that time he read Where The Wild Things Are to a group of school kids
He certainly didn’t hold back.
That time he loved doing it so much he did it again
that time he lifted weights like this
This is really the most dad-ish workout style imaginable.
that time he lead by example, even when it made him look like a dork
The helmet is about the only bike-appropriate thing he’s wearing.
that time he went go-karting with his daughters at the Iowa State Fair
He probably hasn’t had this much fun since becoming president.
that time he made an effort to be hip for the family luau
“Being president doesn’t mean I can’t be cool, right Sasha?”
the time he failed to amuse a 5-year-old
that time he compared Republicans to kids who don’t do their homework...
Sometimes, Obama plays Dad-In-Chief for the nation as a whole. In 2011, when Republicans in Congress refused to pass a debt ceiling increase, Obama scolded them for their irresponsibility:
...and then literally told them to eat their peas
When that didn’t work, he made a dinner table analogy, telling Republicans that the time had come to “eat our peas.”
Raising the debt ceiling wasn’t going to be fun, it would make the country healthier in the long run. Much like eating your peas.
that time he gave his daughter unsolicited fashion advice
“Malia, this flower is a good look for you. Just give it a shot.”
those times he did the Gangnam Style dance at home to embarrass his kids
Sadly, there are no real videos or pictures of this, but the president has admitted he’s a PSY fan. He first broached the topic on election day in 2012.
I just saw that video for the first time, and I think I can do that move ... I’m not sure the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out ... maybe [I’ll] do it privately for Michelle.
He later confirmed that this had, indeed, come to fruition. “[My daughters] are cooler than I am,” he said in a joint interview with Michelle in 2012. “There are things I like that they think are cheesy, like ‘Gangnam Style.’ I love that.”
That prompted Michelle to say that it’s “a little embarrassing” when Barack does the dance around the house, at which point the president to admit that he “absolutely” does that at home precisely to embarrass his daughters.
the time he held a baby he'd never met before and it immediately stopped crying
the time he taught malia how to rollerskate
the time his kids were embarrassed to be seen with him at a basketball game
Clearly, the president was loving it.
the time he took care of his co-worker's kid
That's Nancy Pelosi's granddaughter he's holding.
the time he asked kid president for advice on being actual president
the time he let kid spider-man trap him in his web
It's unclear who's having more fun: Kid Spider-Man or the President of the United States.
the time he played peek-a-boo at work
the time he did this
Whatever it is he's doing.
Image credits: Getty, AP, The White House