Who’s Your Daddy, America?
Shakespeare pointed out it was “a wise father who knows his own children.” And, as Father Day quickly approaches, it is an astute Father – Founding, patriarchal or otherwise –we need in the White House after this next election cycle.
That presented; here are some interesting quotes about fatherhood and the responsibility of raising children (especially daughters) that serve as an interesting compilation and serviceable contrasts.
"You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way."
— Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of the United States
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
— Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
“When I was first elected to this office Malia was 10 and Sasha was just seven. They grow up too fast," he said. "This fall Malia heads off to college... I’m starting to choke up. So I’m going to wind this — it was in my remarks — and I didn’t — I can’t do it. It’s hard.” He continued: “But there is a point to this, though, and that is that we’re not here for power. We’re not here for fame or fortune. We’re here for our kids. We’re here for everybody’s kids — to give our sons and our daughters a better world.” − Obama at State Dinner, 2016
To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” − Euripides
“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” —Harry S. Truman
“During the sole argument we had when [Chelsea] was in high school, the subject of which I don’t even remember, I looked at her and said, ‘As long as you’re in this house, being president is my second most important job'” —Bill Clinton
"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
− Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” —Umberto Eco
“Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.”
− Simone De Beauvoir
“Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married, and ya know, her father. …”
— Donald Trump on his daughter, Ivanka Trump, in a September 2015 story in Rolling Stone magazine
More of Trump’s astute insights and witticisms can be yours to cringe at below.