Friday, February 1, 2013

Fathers Needed: Lebron James at the White House

THIS PAST WEEK THE WORLD CHAMPION Miami Heat made their visit to the White House. These tend to be ceremonial and trite, a tribute to the team’s “perseverance” and “toughness” and a celebration of their success.

Of course, a few predictable jokes are thrown in along the way. Toward the end of his speech, President Obama mentioned a more important theme:

“And I don't know all these guys, but I do know LeBron (James) and Dwyane (Wade) and Chris(Bosh). And one of the things I’m proudest of is that they take their roles as fathers seriously. And for all the young men out there who are looking up to them all the time, for them to see somebody who cares about their kids and is there for them day in and day out, that's a good message to send. It’s a positive message to send, and we’re very proud of them for that.”

The three Heat stars have become very public about their fatherhood. Bosh showed off his kids on Oprah, LeBron’s new Nike commercial shows him joking with his children, and Wade has written a book on fatherhood and spoken about it consistently.