President Obama is serious about fatherhood.

On Friday at a town hall meeting at the White House, the president spoke about the responsibilities of being a father and the absence of fathers in black communities.

“Twenty-three percent of young people are growing up without a father, in the African American community it’s close to fifty percent, maybe a little over, depending on the stats you look at,” the president said. “So there is a real crisis going on in the African American community on this issue.”

He urged fathers to “step up” if they want see their children succeed in life.

“We need fathers to understand that their work doesn’t end with conception,” Obama added. “What truly makes a man a father is the ability to raise a child and investing in that child.”

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