Bill Clinton: Father of the Year?
January 11, 2013
It's not even June and already the National Father's Day Council has named its 72nd "Father of the Year."
For his "profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations," the council will honor former President Bill Clinton, they announced in a statement today.
Clinton is certainly a tremendously accomplished man who has used his post-presidency to affect much positive change in the world. But father of the year?
While it is unclear how much hands-on fathering the globe-trotting Clinton did this past year – Chelsea is, after all, 32, married and gainfully employed – council chairman Dan Orwig commended the former president for his philanthropy through the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.
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Nor is Clinton the first president to receive the council's highest honor, which goes to "contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture." Previous fathers of the year include Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, as well as Humphrey Bogart, Yogi Berra, Al Gore, Dan Quayle and Wolf Blitzer.
The Father's Day/Mother's Day Council is dedicated, according to its website, to "promot[ing] the celebration, observation, and preservation of the holidays Mother's Day and Father's Day by focusing on the value of good sound parenting" -- particularly by "highlighting and contributing to charities and contemporary issues that affect Mothers, Fathers, and Families."
What do you think of the council's decision? Personally we'd like to see a few more relateable fathers get the nod. Like the dad who hacked Zelda for his daughter, or the guy who sent his son's train into space.
Who would you pick for father of the year? Let us know!