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Letter: President's message profound, inspiring

Last week, relative to President Obama, James Olsen asked, "...where is the hope and the change?"

I have been following and am thrilled about the hope and change that will result across our nation from President Obama's Fatherhood Initiative.

While we hear very little in the media, this initiative is a call to action with states, cities and non-government organizations to raise awareness about responsible fatherhood.

Knowing that strong fathers build strong families, and strong families build strong nations, the president has made fatherhood the focus of his presidency.

Knowing that children raised without fathers are nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison, he is unrelenting.

Abandoned by his father at the age of two, he states, "I have a hole in my heart from my own father's absence."

Remembering his mother's struggles: "Women should not be expected to raise their children alone."

To young men: "Making a baby doesn't make you a man. Any fool can make a baby. Raising and providing for that child is what makes you a man."

This basic awareness, this empathy makes me believe Obama is a genuine and honest person.

His example, as a strong family man and caring father, is being praised by fatherhood-advocate groups nationwide. They are already seeing fathers being held to a higher standard.

His Fatherhood Initiative gives me hope and will quietly bring long-term change to our families, our schools, our communities and our nation. It will save hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing human services, law enforcement and prison budgets.

If you wish to witness the president's passion about this topic, visit You Tube. All of his speeches, dating back to 2007 before he was a presidential hopeful, can be seen there.