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Oh Hell Yes

Preach it, Barack.

Barack Obama celebrated Father's Day by calling on black fathers, who he said are "missing from too many lives and too many homes," to become active in raising their children.

Black fathers are "missing from too many lives and too many homes," Barack Obama said Sunday.

"They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it," the Democratic presidential candidate said Sunday at a largely black church in his hometown.

Reminding the congregation of his firsthand experience growing up without a father, Obama said he was lucky to have loving grandparents who helped his mother. He got support, second chances and scholarships that helped him get an education. Obama's father left when he was 2.

"A lot of children don't get those chances. There is no margin for error in their lives," said Obama, an Illinois senator.

"I resolved many years ago that it was my obligation to break the cycle -- that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father to my girls," added Obama, whose daughters, Sasha and Malia, and his wife, Michelle, watched from the audience.

He's already saying these things from a position of authority to people who finally need to hear them. The force will be magnified a thousand fold when he is president.

I'm as intimate as you can get with the subject matter here, and it is so refreshing.

MORE: Contrary to the way this is coming off in the press, this isn't the first time Sen. Obama has hit this message. In fact, I would cite it as one of the elements contributing to his strength with black voters. To date many of the national black leaders have fallen down on this job.