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Politics aside: President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney put premium on being good dads


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  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    What good father would get a credit card issued in the names of his children, and then charge all sorts of stuff on it for his generation to use, and then hand them the bills to be paid?

    Obama has done EXACTLY that, not only to his own children but every child in America.

    Our kids deserve better! And his do too!

  • Furrry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    To TRUTH 2:26 p.m. Sept. 13, 2012

    Since I am a woman in her 60s, would you please tell me why you think I would want rogaine/viagra. Further, the funding for Planned Parenthood is for cancer screening and other health issues. It is the same type of health-related funding for poor women that other health facilities get. Or would you rather just let poor women all die if they can't afford health treatments?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Furry pay for your own rogaine/viagra and why are we funding planned parenthood if it is a private decision of a women withou the influence of govt....Sandra Fluke is 30 yrs old, why don't you libs atart treating her like a real women who is repsonsible for her own choices and not making her poor decisions our responsiblilty....You can't call it personal if you advocate govt into the decision!...makers vrs takers.

  • Furrry1993 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    To TRUTH 11:42 a.m. Sept. 13, 2012

    The President isn't the one imposing the war on women, and he's not the one who is trying to take away a woman's right to control her fertility.

    That being said, contraception, the morning-after pill (which is NOT an abortifact), sterilization, abortion, etc., should be matters covered by insurance available to every woman for no additional premium with contraception and the morning-after pill being treated like any other preventative health care issue. That way the woman, and not the government, would be paying for her decisions from the same broad insurance pool that covers other gender-specific treatments (like viagra, rogaine, etc.).

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    Furry your up in the night....whilem I do not agree with most everything you say or the spin you apply....I do agree that it is none of the governments business, and they should not be funding these private decisions of women......why does Obama want to impose this war on women....if you want an abortion, you pay for it!

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    To TRUTH 11:10 a.m. Sept. 12, 2012

    There is exactly one reason for a late-term abortion -- to save the life or health of the pregnant woman. If it is neceessry to choose between an actual life-in-being (the pregnant woman) or something that may become a life-in-being if it is born and draws a breath (the product of gestation which is not yet a living being, a baby, or any of the romanticized terminology people want to use), the actual life-in-being must win every time.

    By the way -- what the President supports is the fact that the pregnant woman, and not the government has the right to make this very difficult decision. He wants to keep the governments "nose" out of a womans reproductive decisions. You know -- free agency. The President's support of free agency makes him a VERY good father.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Let me get this straight...Obama supports abortion including late term and you think he is a good father?
    Anyone who votes to support late term abortion is a coward, and anything but a good father.......I don't know about Michelle but I guarantee you Ann Romney never had an abortion

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    When each of us are taking our last breaths we'll be thinking about our families. Both men will know they did all they could for their them and that is the greatest thing we can do while we're here. How someone views their job performance is subjective. We need more men like these two and our society would be much stronger.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    Yes both Mitt and BO are good fathers ... and that is actually a good thing but let's not get caught up in that....Jimmy Carter was a good dad too just a miserable leader. Clinton was a disgraceful example to his family yet he was a good president. I think the good dad thing can be acknowledged for both men and then set aside. What we need is a good leader who understands economics and can lower our debt and unemployment in a significant way and in that regard BO is a train wreck!

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    To coleman51 10:36 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012

    The make-believe fairy tales about Willard Romney may impress a few partisans, but those who know how lacking in character he really is are not impressed. Maybe a little vetting on the people's part will reveal how lacking the man really is.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    Well, at least Aggielove does not buy into the fraud. Your make-believe fairy tales about Barack Obama may impress a few partisans, but those who know how lacking in character he really is are not impressed. Maybe a little vetting on your part will reveal how lacking the man really is.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 7, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    Practice what your preach at home, at the office barrack
    May love his kids, but that doesn't impress me much.
    Try living a full life of goodness.
    Sorry, but I don't subscribe to the fairy tale

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    It's true. All the political rancor we stir here aside, they are both great fathers and indeed great families.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Sept. 7, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    Great article, and I'm really glad to see it. And the best part is this: there are four families, two wealthy ones--Mitt and Ann's, and two working-class ones, Michelle and the President's. Yet both couples have managed to have wonderfully happy, loving marriages, two fulfilled, joyful, loving mothers, and these terrific, loving fathers. Now, if this doesn't give hope to every group in our country no matter who wins the election, that we can still have joy in family life, I don't know what does. But we can take these examples and at least have Love At Home.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    Agree completely. I have many complaints about Romney but none of them are related to his role as father or husband.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    To Howard S. 2:38 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012

    Sorry, good fathers do not refer to being "punished with a baby" as did the current occupant of the WH.


    Anyone who grew up before women were allowed to regulate their fertility (contraception), would recognize that an unwanted pregnancy, and especially a pregnancy out of wedlock, was indeed looked upon as a punishment for having sex.

    Wanting a baby makes the pregnancy endurable. Being forced to gestate an unwanted pregnancy makes the pregnancy hellacious to endure. Sorry. The President's comment was correct and on-point.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    Why am I not surprised that someone on this board would think of a way to slam President Obama as a father. What a shocker. Modern day partisan: "NOTHING my political opponent does in any facet of their lives is good. In fact, they are 100% evil!"

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    Sorry, good fathers do not refer to being "punished with a baby" as did the current occupant of the WH.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 7, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    There is no better exemplar of family values than the family currently living in the White House. If people would follow the example of the President and First Lady, the world would be much, much better. Kudos to them for the way they interact, and the way they raise their children.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Sept. 7, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Whatever one thinks of these two men, they are admirable fathers and husbands in the opinions of the person best able to judge: their wives.