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)

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.

Click on any of the pictures below to start the slideshow.