Chicago - Feb. 15, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: President Obama:

"There's no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us in reducing violence than strong stable families. It means we should do more to support marriage. And encourage fatherhood. You know, don't get me wrong, as the son of a single mom who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of grandparents I turned out OK. But ... So we've got single moms out there and I think it's heroic what they're doing. And we are so proud of them. But at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved. Loving, supportive parents, and by the way, that's all kinds of parents. That includes foster parents, and that includes grandparents, extended families. It includes gay or straight parents. Those parents supporting kids, that's the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child. That makes a difference. If a child grows up with parents who have worked and have some education and can be role models and teach integrity and responsibility and discipline, delayed gratification. All those things give a child the kind of foundation that allows them to say my future, I can make it what I want."


In remarks Friday at Hyde Park Academy in his hometown of Chicago, President Barack Obama says by reducing gun violence, expanding preschool access, raising the minimum wage and improving job training, the U.S. can ensure every child has a chance to succeed.

He's also calling for initiatives to encourage marriage, strong parenting and responsible fatherhood.

Obama's address in Chicago is the last leg of a three-day tour to rally support for the ideas he presented Tuesday in his address before a joint session of Congress. Republicans are already voicing skepticism about many of his proposals.