Obama reflects on being a dad in Title IX tribute
June 23rd, 2012
01:59 PM ET

Obama reflects on being a dad in Title IX tribute

President Barack Obama used his daughter Sasha as an example of the success of Title IX, a law that prohibits discrimination of women in sports and education, in a Newsweek op-ed that honors its 40th anniversary.

Obama, who helps coach his daughter’s basketball team, wrote that while there are “few things more fulfilling than watching your child discover a passion for something,” prior to Title IX, “something like pursuing varsity sports was an unlikely dream for young women in America.”

“Today, thanks in no small part to the confidence and determination they developed through competitive sports and the work ethic they learned with their teammates, girls who play sports are more likely to excel in school,” wrote Obama. “In fact, more women as a whole now graduate from college than men. This is a great accomplishment — not just for one sport or one college or even just for women but for America. And this is what Title IX is all about.”

While Title IX protects discrimination based on sex in many different federally funded programs, its reach is most notable in high school and college athletics and the rule is credited with a boom in women’s sports in the late 20th century. Obama highlighted one notable woman who benefited from the passage of Title IX – former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt.

“When she started out as a basketball coach, Pat drove the team van to away games,” Obama wrote of the woman he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last month. “She washed the uniforms in her own washing machine. One night she and her team even camped out in an opponent’s gym because they had no funding for a hotel.”

Summitt led her team to eight national championships in 38 years, becoming the winningest coach – male or female – in college basketball.

And though Obama used most of the editorial to look back on what Title IX has meant for women, he also said there is more to do.

“We have come so far. But there’s so much farther we can go,” Obama wrote. “There are always more barriers we can break and more progress we can make. As president, I’ll do my part to keep Title IX strong and vibrant, and maintain our schools as doorways of opportunity so every child has a fair shot at success.”

Recent polling indicates a large gender gap that benefits Obama over his likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney. A CNN/ORC poll from April 16 indicated that women voters back Obama over Romney by 16 points (55%-39%), virtually unchanged from an 18-point advantage among women for the president in CNN polling last month.

"By a two-to-one margin, the women surveyed saw President Obama as more in touch with the problems facing American women today,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said of the poll.

Topics: Education • President Obama • Women

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  1. ted

    Obama is a leader and part of that is supportive of woman and knowing the importance of women. He was brought up by a single mom, has a great wife and mother in law and two great daughters. All too much women's rights have been overlooked and he will change the course of that.

    June 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Obama was not brought up by a single mom, he was raised by his Grandmother and Grandfather. His mother and father abandoned him. Your whole premise failed.

      Women have the same rights as men. Maybe more so when it comes to reproductive rights. Men can not 'abort' a living human. They are forever responsible for its economic welfare. If the guy asked to 'abort' his responsibility he is looked down on by women. Is that equality?

      Obama panders to a small group of students that want their condoms paid for by other people. The liberal guys are such wimps that they are not motivated to purchase their own. What a pathetic generation.

      June 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        @1freeworld – ?? Seems the Republicans decided a long while back that Physical Ed. wasn't the job of government to provide. Along with Education.

        June 25, 2012 at 9:05 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Jay...I doubt is she "raided" anyone...but reading both the president's biographies, and the several books written about his mother you then realize the President was only in Indonesia for the period of 4 years from age 6 to10. Facts are Lolo Soetoro held a full time job as a cartographer which gave him very little time for child care. I assure you stepfathers may try to be helpful but rarely are they heavy into child care. And the president did not give credit to anyone other than his mother for his values.

        And again you are wrong the president was never adopted by Lolo Soetoro; he was a stepson not and adopted son.

        June 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        lisa2010, you need to take the time to read about your hero. You will be surprised how wrong you are about his biography.

        During the first year Ann Dunham did raise Barry alone. It is questionable how she could have worked and attended school in Washington state all while taking care of an infant. However after that he was raised by his grandparents and his adopted father Lolo Soetoro. It is a myth to say that he was raided by a single mother.


        June 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        jean2009, as usual you lost the argument when you resorted to calling someone a moron.

        June 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
      • lisa2010

        Obama was raised by a single mom before she met her second husband, then the grandparents raised him after he was sent back to hawaii from indonesia where he was living with his mom, stepfather and sister... the women in his life inspired him in what he need to do with the inequality of women today, whether it be in careers, sports, education etc..... his grandma was working in the bank and was passed over many times for a promotion, that was taken by the men in that bank until she was finally promoted...men seems to be the most dominant species that at times they let it get to their heads... nowdays wherel the women are the breadwinner and the dads are the stay at home moms, equality in pay is more important today, than it was 30 years ago...

        June 24, 2012 at 8:01 am |
      • jean2009

        Most single parents including Ann Dunham Obama have raised their children with the aid of a great support system of loving grandparents, and aunts & uncles. I know my father could not have managed it with 3 daughters under the age of 4, when my mother died, without that great support system.

        The fact that Stanley Ann Dunham Obama worked, managed to get a PhD, and to support her family financially. So she sent her son back to Hawaii to stay with her parents so he could go to school... that is beside the point.

        Do you think single fathers don't have the need to hold a job, or the help of child care services, or a great familly support system to manage raising 3 children under the age of 4, and provide them the necessities of life and an education?

        So per usual Jay you are the moron in the room.



        June 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
      • Kyra

        Maybe you should read Obama's book, instead of Republican talking points. It's fine if you're going to vote for Romney, however spreading hate and lies do us no service.

        June 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        The truth is Ann Dunham was absent from most of little Barry Soetoro life. She attended school, worked on her projects and was for all accounts not very much of a mother. It is a sad story.

        June 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  2. chris

    I keep reading articles about the womens issues and that Obama is polling out front of Romney but when I'm at work, around my friends I don't hear that. I hear my friends saying we/women are worried about sustaining our families and keeping our jobs and I haven't heard anyone I know saying Obama can do that. Just my two cents here. Middle class St. Louis gal.

    June 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Barbara

      When Obama came into office, this country was hemorrhaging jobs. But within his first year, this was turned around, and since then four million jobs have been created. That is not enough. But finally found the right path. And it could have been more if Congress would have passed the highway bill and a few other bills to renew our infrastructure. We need to do this for the country and in the process it would have created many more jobs.

      Gov. Christie of New Jersey cancelled the Jersey-NYC tunnel project, which is badly needed because he said Jersey could not afford it. Meanwhile he never returned that stimulus money, but the tunnel is in limbo. Republican governors all over the country have been torpedoing work projects (they hate Obama more than they love their country). The point is that if Romney gets into office, it will not get better but worse, because he is against regulations. Let’s be clear, it will be back to the old ultra-conservative agenda, you know, the one that got us into trouble in the first place.

      At the same time, we are falling very far behind (for what is called a developed nation), and the very rich spew garbage about how we are the top while we fall lower and lower in educational achievement, delivery of health care, etc. Obama is far-sighted, but it’s been an uphill fight. And I am grateful that he has been fighting for change, the right kind of change. Everything he did that the Republicans were against (like saving the auto industry) was the right thing to do, and we see how that has created jobs as well. It is sad to see this brilliant hardworking president so underrated.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:09 am |
      • jean2009

        Well Cynthia....while Christie squandered his stimulus money on tax breaks, Ohio used their's to put people to work building roads, new schools, water treatment plants, and vacinating people....all under a Democratic governor. We could use more of that type infrastructure building.

        But now we have a stupid boneheaded Republican governor which we would do better without.

        June 24, 2012 at 11:54 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        To add to what Barbara said about Chris Christie keeping the Stimulus Money that the U.S. TAXPAYERS funded, he used the money to balance the Transportation Fund budget that was legally required by law in New Jersey to be funded by a gasoline tax the people of New Jersey put in place. But, as politicans, both parties, dipped into that pool of money meant to pay for their own infastructure projects, it fell into the red. WELLA!! -Stimulus Money came Christie's way and he wanted to look like a Rock Star Tax Cutter to his state's citizens. The tunnel project that would have replaced two aging, and I mean AGING HUNDRED YEAR OLD TUNNELS under the river to New York where scads of commuters from Christie's state work. The new tunnel would have provided JOBS, JOBS, JOBS AND MORE JOBS.
        Mr. Christie, return the Stimulus Money or, use it for the tunnel. Thank you, a concerned U.S. Taxpayer.

        June 24, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  3. chris

    What people don't understand is that Title IX did more to END men's sports than it did to increase opportunities for men. Take a look at the number of college swimming teams or track, wrestling or baseball. They have all shrunk due to Title IX.

    June 23, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      But look at those big male sports dollar hogs of the campus title IX dollars helps fund...football and basketball...plus I notice most campuses still offer male swim, soccer, golf, hockey, baseball, track, gymnastics and other sports...it is just the football and baseball that gobbles up the big cash. Title IX was to provide equal opportunities for women's sports to take part in some of the cash spent on sports..so quit whining please!

      June 25, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  4. Peter

    Look, love him or hate him.......he's a good family man.

    June 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Mark Neil

      "he's a good family man."

      Only because he has no sons to suffer the outcome his policies will inflict on boys and men.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        That is dumbiest thing Iever heard! Quit whining!

        June 25, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        You have your head stuck in a GatorAde bottle if you think that is true.

        June 25, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      I agree.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  5. Kyra

    Just wondering if Romney supports any social issues such as Women's rights???? His answer can't always be the economy...

    June 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • WIMPY38

      He does. As long as they are "barefoot and pregnant" and having to raise 5 children with some help from the maids.

      June 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  6. Frank Marshall Davis

    This is just another fluff piece from CNN, they know the next jobs numbers won't be good and that Obama has to go to a fundraiser almost every day to beg for cash so they instead "report" this. Why does Obama even have to pay for advertising when he already has CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and NPR carrying water for him?

    June 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • jean2009

      You know gasoline prices are falling $3.29 per gallon here this morning, and predictions it will be under $3 in a couple of weeks. Since you teaaggrers seem to think gasoline is in the range of what a president controls ...and George W. Bush still holds the record for the highest National Average at $4.21 per gallon June 2008.......where's the praise?

      I've been around 77years, and I can't remember a time when news stations (all of them) didn't cover what the president is doing.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • jean2009

      Frank...for the loveof Mike! You and John McCain can quit whining now....you lost! All we have heard from the right wing for the last 3.5 years is whine...whine...whine we didn't get our way so we are going to drag our feet for four years..., along with a hefty dose of we want to redo of historicaal facts. Fact is: You GOP teapotties can't handle the truth.
      Fact A.) Bush's coodling of the weatlthy with unneeded tax breaks...along with 2 unfunded wars to support his friends the war profiteers...with .one of those wars on false pretense...and finally not putting in place regulations that would protect homeowners is the at the root of the current problem.
      I don't want to hear about who in an administration before Bush removed those regulations....he had 8 years to fix and repair those regulations..... and he didn't. So quit whining about 3.5 years of you not getting your way to mess things up farther. George Bush had double that time and then some to make the mess we have today.
      At this time the mess left by Bush is being slowly cleaned up without any help from the deadbeat Rethugliklans in congress I might add.

      June 24, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • 2020

      Whats matter with you? blind or brain dead? Bush left office with 700,000+ job loss each month for 5 months. Obama created private sector jobs 27 months in a row, 4.3M new jobs. The job chart showed Bush ALL RED in job loss, and Obama show ALL BLUE in job creation. Read and UNDERSTAND the facts so people can understand which planet you live in.

      June 24, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • jean2009

        @John it took Bush a solid 8 years to run a good economy into massive ruin...so trying to right that mess will take time, but it is happening. Even the Federal Reserve Chairman states it is recovering. I don't remember the President ever promising or saying anyone could right that mess in one summer...he continually stated the road was going to be long and hard.

        June 26, 2012 at 10:33 am |
      • John

        What is wrong with you. 3 years ago this administration announced the "Summer of Recovery". 2 years ago they announced the same thing. They obviously have no clue about what they are doing. This administration is in way over their heads. It is time for real change.

        June 25, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • lisa2010


      June 24, 2012 at 8:04 am |
      • Mark Neil


        Actually, articles like this are free advertisements for Obama. That's the point, although I suspect frank would have been better off saying "why does Obama bother spending money on advertisements with these media outlets doing it for him.

        June 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • DEcember 2012



      June 24, 2012 at 12:21 am |
  7. Cynthia L.

    This is a real laugh Frank, because your candidate Romney could have all sorts of face time with the other news stations but, he favors Fox and has appeared at least 21 TIMES and counting appearing on FOX AND FRIENDS. And, that number doesn't include the interviews he gives to the other Fox team. Talk about FLUFF. I think your candidate Romney is pretty much a wuss because he is afraid someone might actually ask a real question and not throw him a softball with hugs and kisses. He is being called Rupert Murdoch's 'Go To Boy". By the way, if you happen to be up in arms about immigrants – call for the deportation the ol' lying-slimeball Aussie who pulls the strings at Fox News. He'd be the first one I like to see go.

    June 24, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • jean2009

      Yes...the British finally got sick of Murdoch and his overwhelming lies. Unfortunately the teabaggers have swallowed his right-wing idiotcy, lock stock, and barrel. Murdoch panders to the least intelligent. I would like to see us deport Murdoch back to Australia, but they don't want him back.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  8. 2020

    Opportunities open to all citizens in the country, you drive yourself where you want to be, and what you will become. Do not look to others for blame. Opportunity is for you to capitalize on.

    June 24, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  9. jerry

    what about the Dads that are gone due to fast and furious? Word has it obama spends very little time with his children...and that is the way its always been. So Barry or whom ever you are we don't buy this media shot either.

    June 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      The soldiers sent to Iraq over WMDs that were lied about by the Bush Administration, were not able to see their children either. Many of these soldiers died, over 4,000 leaving their children without fathers and mothers. While I'm sorry that anyone serving our country ends up losing their lives, spare me your fake croc tears. You do NOTseem like a person who cares that much if you ignore one set of circumstances and focus on another for your candidate's political gain. We are all Americans and should care about the ALL the issues faced by the people who have and are serving us.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        You finally said it, "It's all "Bush's fault (not 'bushes', they are the plants that you've been hanging out in when you look in your neighbor's window – you must have some pretty scary looking scratches on your face). Who's the moron?

        June 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
      • jerry

        moron...its all President Bushes fault hahahaha

        June 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  10. Mark Neil

    "Recent polling indicates a large gender gap that benefits Obama over his likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney. A CNN/ORC poll from April 16 indicated that women voters back Obama over Romney by 16 points (55%-39%), virtually unchanged from an 18-point advantage among women for the president in CNN polling last month."

    There is likewise a gender gap that benefits Romney more than Obama, that of male voters, but don't mention that, it might ruin the leftist back patting of this article. Also don't mention that Title IX, and in particular, the interpretation and enforcement of it which somehow does what the bill specifically says it is not meant to do (deny opportunities to one gender in order to establish an equilibrium/quota system), and actually strips people accused of sexual assault of their constitutionally protected rights, has a LOT of critics, including many significant civil rights groups (so please, no "it's just misogynists threatened for their privilege" dismissals)... But we wouldn't want to report honestly here, would we?

    June 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • jean2009

      Personally, I feel the president's method of basing the allocaion of sports funding dollars based on the ratio of male/female students attending the school or university is more fairand balanced, and the way it should be.

      For the people who are always whining about Fair & Balanced this approach compared to the corruption of policies under Bush from those granted by the 1972 Act ....is again truly fair and balanced.

      And please... why should people who have been accused of sexaul assault be your sole concern...we are talking about the fair allocation of school sports dollars to benefit all students. Isn't your whole whine way off topic?


      June 26, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • jerry

      good and thoughtful post.

      June 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  11. John

    Reading the posts here I would say CNN accomplished what they wanted – promote Obama.

    June 25, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Toby McDooogan

      John, Sorry but every one of these posts were by people who have already made up their mind and have no intention of letting facts get in the way of changing it.

      June 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  12. donnie

    jay is a backwoods moron who thinks woman should be kept barefoot and pregnant. Im surpised he can read at all! Jerk off jerry as usual has his facts all wrong to much faux news.Chris and Marshall never have anything constructive to say. Why don't you all go back to fox where people might buy your nonsense. Comments on policy are great but every post has you crazies spouting off and not saying one construtive thing. Go away. Far Far away. Obama 2012 the only adult in the room.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • jerry

      why don't you put the crack pipe down...put your mothers lap top away...pull your jeans up over your knees and grow up?

      June 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • jean2009

        Speaking from experience?

        June 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  13. antilemming

    Amazing....so while women are doing great, what is he doing to help promote men????

    June 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      What's a matter?...You don't like the Fair Pay Act? That's what it's about, isn't it. If you are soooooo scared that men will start playing second fiddle to women, I have a violin to sell ya.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  14. nwoslave

    You people have been buying what your banker run politicians have been selling for so long you can't even think for yourselves anymore. Let me spell it out for you. The state produces nothing but debt. When any politician promises to create jobs, all they're really promising is to steal your wealth. The state's only form of income is stealing your wealth. The original constitution before it was ammended clearly states the federal governments only form of wealth could be from import/excise taxes and capitol gains tax. After our country was sold to the international bankers in 1913 that all changed. Wake up!

    June 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
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