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Back in Chicago, Obama laments lack of 'a father who was around'

Published on Feb 16, 2013 10:43 AM
 
President Barack Obama greets students and guests after speaking during a visit to Hyde Park Academy High School on Feb 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr Obama acknowledged on Friday that he wished his father had been a bigger part of his life, as he argued that stronger families are just as important as gun control in reducing crime and violence in poverty-stricken neighbourhoods. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama acknowledged on Friday that he wished his father had been a bigger part of his life, as he argued that stronger families are just as important as gun control in reducing crime and violence in poverty-stricken neighbourhoods.

Mr Obama returned to his old home neighbourhood on the South Side of Chicago with a different take on his gun control message: That it will require an improved home environment for children to reduce the possibility that they will one day resort to violence.

To do that, he said, will require better economic conditions for low- and middle-class Americans, one reason he wants to raise the hourly minimum wage from US$7.25 (S$8.97) to US$9, a proposal he offered in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

Mr Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas, was raised largely by his mother and grandparents in Hawaii. His father, Mr Barack Obama Sr, divorced Mr Obama's mother when the President was two years old, and he was the central figure in Mr Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father.

 
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