In a bipartisan act this week, President Barack Obama's top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel to talk about the problem of fatherlessness in America. Warren Farrell, author of "Father and Child Reunion" is leading a commission that has asked President Obama to create a White House Council on Boys and Men.The government -- and society as a whole -- has an obligation to deal with poverty, particularly poverty that is deep-rooted. Not just in the inner cities but in rural communities all across America. But we also have to recognize there's a particular problem when more than half of African American children are growing up without a father in the house, and oftentimes not even knowing their father."
Added the future president, who himself grew up with only meeting his father two times: "That's a problem, and I won't back up one bit in asserting that is a problem that we have to be honest about."
So often discussion gets shortcircuited by the blame game. But Warren Farrell says, "None of this implies that men are better as dads than women are as moms." A commission to promote two parent families does not diminish the hard work single moms are doing. None of this blames dads who are often marginalized by antiquainted alimony and child custody laws and feel pushed away from being part of their kids life.