Research effects of father absence



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This child was born in 1961 to a teenage mother from the midwest United States, six months after her marriage to a man from another country who was already married to another woman. By the time the child was two years old, his father had abandoned both of them and returned to his home of origin.

The boy's mother remarried some years later, to another foreigner, and the family relocated to that country, where a half-sister was born. The family moved around, following the stepfather's jobs in the third-world country. The child commenced his education in local schools there, and was exposed to suffering and poverty that made an impression on him. In later life he recalled a beggar who came to the family's home with a gaping hole instead of a nose. But the boy also received the benefit of a broad and diverse cultural background. He tried dog, snake and tiger meat, along with roasted grasshoppers. He studied at a school with children of a different religion. He learned to appreciate different kinds of people, and different traditions.

When the boy was 10, his mother sent him back to the United States to live with her own parents. He did not have an easy time adjusting. On his first day at his new school, the other children in the classroom laughed when the teacher spoke out his odd-sounding name, and asked him ignorant questions that embarassed him. He felt different, and unlike any of the other children. As a teen he drank alcohol, and tried illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine.

After graduating high school with a satisfactory but not particularly exemplary record, he went to a small college. At some point while he was in college, he decided on his own to change his life and to strive for success. He transferred to a higher quality university. After graduating college, he floundered in a couple of different jobs but ultimately found one in another city in which he felt comfortable. It was in this job that he started to shine. It was here that he was able to draw on his experiences as a boy, and the empathy and insight for others that he had gained from them.

He began achieving success and making contacts. He gained a reputation for having an unusual amount of wisdom. His own eclectic background helped him to relate to and make friends of people in all different walks of life. Person after person he met was impressed by his charisma and the things he had to say.

After a few years, with the help of the broad network of friends and supporters he had cultivated, he applied and was accepted to a prestigious law school. While there, he obtained a summer job at which he met his future wife, with whom he would form a solid marriage and have two children. After law school, he wrote an autobiographical book about his thoughts, experiences, and perspectives.

Several years after that he entered politics, where the accumulation of his unusual childhood experiences, coupled with his intellect and personable demeanor, helped him achieve a phenomenally quick rise to fame and success.

He is the forty-fourth President of the United States of America,

Barack Hussein Obama, aka "Barry Soetoro", a boy from a "fatherless home."

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* The term "fatherless" is used in this series as it is in current research and policy rhetoric by the U.S. federal government, DHHS and the National Fatherhood Initiative, most U.S. states in connection with child custody law and policy, and various family values and fatherhood interest policy and lobbying groups.

"...Just add Dad, the magic ingredient. It's hard to know where wishful thinking becomes deliberate deception. But this argument, advanced by the fathers' rights movement, is like saying that, since Mercedes Benz owners make more money than people who drive Hyundais, you will become wealthy if you buy a Mercedes..." Mike Peterson



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