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Barack Obama States He Had To “Figure Out How To Be A Man” On His Own Since His Father Left Home

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The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama went to his verified Instagram account with a heart-touching post about his father, who left him and his mother Ann Dunham.

To mention his father Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan senior governmental economist, the former president posted a photo of him and added a lengthy caption. Obama began his words by clarifying the photo captured on his last saw of him; alongside the photo in which he is seen as a child holding his father’s hand, the well-known politician wrote:

“I didn’t really know my father—he left my mother and me when I was two years old, and only traveled from Kenya to visit us once, when I was ten. That trip was the first and last I saw of him; after that, I heard from him only through the occasional letter, written on thin blue airmail paper that was preprinted to fold and address without an envelope.”

Stating that he experienced tough times since his parents divorced in March 1964, Obama also added his father’s short visit” had a profound impact on” his life. Obama continued:

“My father gave me my first basketball and introduced me to jazz. But for the most part, the visit left me with more questions than it answered, and I knew I would have to figure out how to be a man on my own.”

The attorney, who has a book devoted to his father, titled ‘Dreams from My Father,’ invited his fans and followers to listen to the latest episode of the podcast ‘Renegades: Born in the USA‘ on which he and well-known singer & songwriter Bruce Springsteen share their own stories.

“Bruce and I explore the topic of masculinity and the influence that our fathers—both flawed role models—had on our lives. We also talk about the message American culture sends to boys about what it means to be a man—a message that too often emphasizes physical toughness over sensitivity; the need to dominate over the ability to love and care for others.”

The podcast is available on Spotify. What’s more, head this way to view the mentioned Instagram post.

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