Obama to Host Military Dads, Kids at White House

June 15, 2011 - 10:41 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of Father's Day, President Barack Obama will host military fathers and their children for a screening of the movie "Cars 2" at the White House Wednesday.

The White House says the event is part of a yearlong "Strong Fathers, Strong Families" initiative that will highlight the role fathers play in creating strong families.

In a statement, Obama says too many young people in America grow up with dads, and families and communities are challenged as a result.

The Obama administration will hold additional events highlighting the importance of fatherhood this week, including an effort to focus on fathers in public housing. Next week, the White House will spotlight 12 dads from around the country who are making strong contributions to their families and communities.