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Obama regrets not spending more time with daughters

June 9, 2011 - London

US President Barack Obama has admitted that he regretted not being able to spend more time with his growing daughters, despite pledging to learn from his father who left him when he was two years old.

He revealed how his work has stopped him spending enough time with his daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10, as they grow up.

Obama told how growing up without a dad made him want to be the best parent he could, but admitted that he had not been a 'perfect dad'.

"When Malia and Sasha were younger, work kept me away from home more than it should have," the Daily Mail quoted him as writing in an article about parenting for People mag.

"At times the burden of raising our two daughters has fallen too heavily on Michelle. During the campaign, not a day went by that I didn't wish I could spend more time with the family I love more than anything else in the world," he added.

Obama said he regretted not being present because of his own experiences in his troubled childhood.

"I grew up without a father around I have certain memories of him taking me to my first jazz concert and giving me my first basketball as a Christmas present. But he left when I was two years old," he wrote.

"And even though my sister and I were lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful mother, and caring grandparents, I always felt his absence and wondered what it would have been like if he had been a greater presence in my life. I still do," he added.


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