President Barack Obama has written and talked often about the pain of having his own dad absent from his life growing up, and why he has tried so hard to be a good father himself.
Even his fiercest critics seem to agree he’s done a good job. He spends as much time with his girls as a leader of the free world could, and he never seems to mind looking a little goofy for his girls. So on Father’s Day, here are some of our favorite pictures of Barack Obama just being a dad.
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New campaign video features Barack Obama the dad. (Video still)
In this March 21, 2011, file photo President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia arrive in Santiago, Chile. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
CHICAGO – JUNE 15: Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) carries his seven year old daughter Sasha after giving a speech about fatherhood at Apostolic Church of God June 15, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama spoke about the importance of fathers being involved in the raising of their children. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
The oldest first daughter recently became a teenager and her father is beginning to worry about possible suitors. Perhaps his daughters could not start dating until they’re 30. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama walk across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One and departing the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. The first family will travel to Chicago for the weekend before Obama travels to Mexico Sunday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Natasha (Sasha) Obama and father, Barack Obama (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha Obama attend TNT Christmas in Washington 2012 at National Building Museum on December 9, 2012 in Washington, (Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) wave to supporters on election night in Chicago on November 6, 2012. Obama swept to re-election, forging history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
CHICAGO – NOVEMBER 2: Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (D-IL) sits with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) in a hotel room as they wait for election returns to come in November 2, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama is expected to win easily against the Republican candidate Alan Keyes. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Obama and his youngest daughter Sasha
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 11: In this handout provided by the White House, (L – R) First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama and Sasha Obama, sit for a family portrait in the Oval Office on December 11, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images)
June 10, 2001 – Natasha Obama is born: Nicknamed Sasha, the youngest Obama daughter would later attend Hyde Park’s Lab School with her sister, which was associated with the University of Chicago where their mother worked before devoting more time to Barack’s campaigns.
This Aug. 12, 2008 file photo shows then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. sits on Kailua Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, Tuesday with his daughter Sasha, 7. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia,File)
President Barack Obama smiles as he and his youngest daughter, Sasha, 9, attend the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse, just south of the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama give thier daughter Sasha a high five after she got a hole in one at Pirate’s Island Miniature Golf August 14, 2010 in Panama City Beach, Florida. The First Family is visiting the area to help promote tourism and check up on cleanup efforts from the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. (Photo by Dan Anderson-Pool/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama gives daughter Sasha a hug at they and President Barack Obama have lunch at Lime’s Bayside Bar and Grill at the Marriott in Panama City Beach, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. The Obamas are spending a weekend in Florida, part vacation, part sales pitch, as the president seeks to boost a tourism industry reeling after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
In a July 11, 2009 file photo President Barack Obama, right, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha, second from right, tour the Cape Coast Castle in Cape Coast, Ghana.
(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari/file)
President Barack Obama (2nd L) hugs daughter Malia (2nd R) as first lady Michelle Obama (L) and daughter Sasha look on after taking the oath of office in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama for the ‘Kiss Cam’ while Vice President Joe Biden and Malia Obama look up at the jumbotron, during the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team’s game against Brazil at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Souza/White House Photo via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia honor the Martin Luther King legacy by serving meals to the needy at a facility, Washington DC, January 18, 2010.
HAWAII KAI, HI – DEC 26: United States President-elect Barack Obama’s eyes meet with the eyes of his oldest daughter, Malia, in Kokonuts Shave Ice and Snacks at Koko Head Marina shopping mall while ordering shave ice Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Kent Nishimura/EPA)
President Barack Obama and Malia Obama, 11, make their way through the Honolulu Zoo January 3, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama and his family are spending the holidays in his native Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura-Pool/Getty Images)
President Obama prepares to make remarks after a Christmas In Washington celebration, as daughter Malia reacts to seeing something offstage, December 12, 2010 at the Building Museum in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, front left, assists children dressed like elves he and his family, from back left, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, obscured, first lady Michelle Obama, and the first lady’s mother Marian Robinson, attend the taping of the Annual 2010 Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum in Washington Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, smile as they push the button to light up the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, just south of the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)