President Obama is getting in the last laughs as he heads for the finish line of his second term in office. The commander-in-chief amused a stadium filled with teenagers during his recent trip to Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C.

“It is so nice to see you guys,” he began. The students were cheering to no end upon seeing the president despite the fact of having to wait an extended period of time for Obama to make his entrance. “I know you’ve been waiting here a while,” the commander-in-chief acknowledged. “Good thing you all had your phones with you.”


The president let humor lead the way as he gave an impression of his daughters, Sasha and Malia, during texting sessions. “As the father of two teenaged daughters, I know the whole time you were just like, ‘And then he said … Girl, I couldn’t believe it.” Obama then held up his hand to mimic the selfie stance.

The president will certainly leave a lasting mark of family values. Obama has spent all eight years in the White House promoting fatherhood and encouraging men to become more active participants in their children’s lives.

“We can all agree that we’ve got too many mothers out there forced to do everything all by themselves,” the commander-in-chief said during a Father’s Day Mentoring Barbeque in 2010. “They shouldn’t have to do it alone, Obama added. “The work of raising our children is the most important job in this country, and it’s all of our responsibilities — mothers and fathers.”

The Obama Administration launched a Fatherhood Initiative in 2009 that celebrated dads who were stepping up to the plate of parenthood while encouraging those absentee fathers to do more for their kids. President and First Lady Obama are the proud parents of two daughters. Sasha began her third year in high school a few weeks back, while Malia is enjoying a year off from schooling before beginning her first year at Harvard University next year.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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