Parents' Day 2001
By the President of the United States of America
Being a parent is the most important job in the world. As we hold a newborn
in our arms or embrace an older adopted child, the promise we make in our hearts
to love, protect, and nurture our children stays with us and with them forever.
We are eternally linked to the children whom we are blessed to parent and to the
generations before us who helped shape our lives.
Both mothers and fathers play a vital role in giving children the best
possible start in life. As parents, we provide our children with the love and
support they need to grow up to be caring individuals and responsible citizens.
The care we express and the values we instill help our children achieve their
greatest potential and ultimately will determine the future of our Nation.
Unfortunately, children who lack a strong parental presence in their lives
can suffer over both the short and the long term. Study after study has
demonstrated that children who grow up without both parents in their home are
more likely to end up in poverty, drop out of school, become addicted to drugs,
have a child out of wedlock, or go to prison. Single-parented children who avoid
these unfortunate outcomes will nevertheless miss out on the balance, unity, and
stability that a two-parent family can bring.
Recognizing that strong families make a strong America, I have committed my
Administration to help parents do better by encouraging the formation and
maintenance of loving families. We have proposed several major initiatives
designed to promote responsible fatherhood, strengthen families, and make
adoption easier and more afford-able, so that every child has a better chance of
living in a stable and loving home. We also have achieved widespread support for
the historic reform of our public education system that will significantly
improve our schools. This improvement is founded on the core principles of my
education reform agenda, which include: accountability; flexibility; local
control; and more choices for parents.
Government bears an important responsibility to provide excellent schools and
educational programs that leave no child behind; but Government cannot replace
the love and nurturing of committed parents that are essential for a child's
well--being. Many community organizations, centers of faith, and schools offer
services and programs to help parents improve their child-rearing skills. As we
observe Parents' Day, I encourage all Americans to join me in honoring the
millions of mothers and fathers, biological and adoptive, foster parents, and
stepparents, whose selfless love and hard-working efforts are building better
lives for their children and our Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the
United States and consistent with Public Law 103-362, do hereby proclaim Sunday,
July 22, 2001, as Parents' Day. I urge all Americans to express their love,
respect, support, and appreciation to their parents, and I call upon citizens to
observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of
July, in the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and twenty-sixth.
GEORGE W. BUSH