Dad-in-Chief Spends Father's Day Weekend With His Girls

By Xana O'Neill
|  Sunday, Jun 21, 2009  |  Updated 4:02 PM CDT
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Dad-in-Chief Spends Father's Day Weekend With His Girls

The nation's first father spent time with his two young daughters as he spoke about the virtues of fatherhood over the weekend.

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President Obama spent Father's Day weekend in his other role -- as the nation's First Dad.

The nation's first father spent time with his two young daughters as he spoke about the virtues of fatherhood and the importance of being involved in kids' lives over the weekend.

President Obama treated Malia, 10, and Sasha, 8, to a pre-Father's Day frozen custard on Saturday afternoon at a dessert store in Alexandria, Virginia, -- and indulged in a frozen treat too.

The president ordered a small cup of frozen vanilla custard with hot fudge and toasted almonds. Sasha had a chocolate brownie sundae with hot fudge, a cherry, sprinkles and whipped cream.

Sasha, overwhelmed by the size of the sundae, asked her dad to scoop off a dollop of whipped cream from the custard. 

"The president just took a spoon and put it on his sundae, which is a scene that we see enacted multiple times every day, but it was nice to see it enacted by them in just a normal family way," shop owner Liz Davis told CNN.

Malia had a waffle cone with vanilla custard.

Obama also bought a bag containing three frozen "puppy pops" for the nation's first dog, Bo.

Obama, who is often spotted on the sidelines of his kids' soccer games, told CBS that he tries to have a large presence in his girls' lives and modeled his own fathering style after those whom he admires.

"Where I learned to be a father was looking at some people that I respected," he said in an interview that aired Sunday. "Michelle's father was just a wonderful man. I mean, here's a guy who had multiple sclerosis at the age of 30. And by the time I knew him he was just barely struggling with two crutches to get around. And yet he went to every one of Michelle's dance recitals, every one of her brother's basketball games. And it reminded me that, you know, whatever the hardships, whatever the obstacles, you can be a good dad." 

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