COMMENTARY

President Obama Salutes Mothers On Mother’s Day!

“In our house, everybody knows that President is only the third-most important job in the family. So this weekend, I’m going to take a little extra time to say thank you to Michelle for the remarkable way she does the most important job: being a mom.  And I’m going to give extra thanks to my mother-in-law for the role model she’s always been to Michelle and the countless selfless ways in which she’s helped Michelle and me raise Malia and Sasha.  I am incredibly lucky to have women who help me raise, love, and look after our girls” the president noted at the start of his weekly address.

motherHe also encourages other people to take time off to say thanks to the women in their lives who love them in that special way mothers do and those whom had made a meaningful difference in their lives.

“Take a moment, like I will, to remember the moms who raised us, whose big hearts sustained us, and whom we miss every day, no matter how old we get,” said the President.

He also noted that although the giving of flowers is always a good idea,  beyond that one should recommit oneself to doing more.

He said, “Through deeds that match our words, let’s give mothers the respect they deserve, give all women the equality they deserve, and give all parents the support they need in their most important roles.”

He added, “That includes paid maternity and paternity leave, sick leave, accommodations for workers who are pregnant, good health care, affordable child care, flexibility at work, equal pay, and a decent minimum wage.”

He further noted that mothers do more than their fair share of just about everything and making sure they are treated fairly is the least one can do.

“The idea of setting aside a Sunday in May for our mothers became an official holiday with a Congressional resolution a little more than 100 years ago.  They did it on May 8 – the same day we’ll celebrate Mother’s Day this year.  If Congress can make a holiday, surely they can back it up with the things that give it meaning.  After all, that’s what my mother taught me.  I couldn’t just say I was going to do the right thing, or say I agreed with it on principle.  I had to actually do it,” he continued.

In conclusion, The President said, “So this Mother’s Day, say thank you.  Say, “I love you.”  And let’s make sure we show that gratitude and appreciation through acts of respect throughout the year.  No one deserves that more than our moms.”

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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