Obama, a father to two girls, has learned a lot since becoming a dad, and in a new essay for Glamour‘s September issue, the president is hoping to shed some light on what he’s discovered about himself and what he hopes for the future. Although he and First Lady Michelle Obama have strived to give their daughters a normal upbringing all things considered, the president admits that most of the time the responsibilities fell on his wife.
“I’ve seen how Michelle has balanced the demands of a busy career and raising a family. Like many working mothers, she worried about the expectations and judgments of how she should handle the trade-offs, knowing that few people would question my choices,” he writes of his early political career. “And the reality was that when our girls were young, I was often away from home serving in the state legislature, while also juggling my teaching responsibilities as a law professor. I can look back now and see that, while I helped out, it was usually on my schedule and on my terms. The burden disproportionately and unfairly fell on Michelle.”
His hindsight revelation has caused him not only to be aware of the struggles women face every day, but also how it affects his children.