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Race and the Obama PhenomenonThe Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union$
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G. Reginald Daniel and Hettie V. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628460216

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628460216.001.0001

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date: 23 July 2018

“Everything His Father Was Not”

“Everything His Father Was Not”

Fatherhood and Father Figures in Barack Obama’s First Term

(p.244) 12. “Everything His Father Was Not”
Race and the Obama Phenomenon

Heidi Ardizzone

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Obama’s performance as a father and its role in his political career. His public interactions with children are part of his own self-representation and the political image-making of his campaigns and White House press. Although little academic attention has been paid to this aspect of his presidency, media coverage and popular interest place great emphasis on his role as “Father-in-Chief.” Obama’s ability to embody the nurturing father is particularly significant; visual and textual representations of Obama depict a modern father with a deep connection to his own family and a genuine ease with children. These images also resonate against a complicated pattern of expectations for fatherhood, for black men and their families, and for dual career couples and parenting.

Keywords:   Race, Barack Obama, Fatherhood, Father Figure, Interracial

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