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Obama honors dads, troops with ribs and greens

Wednesday - 6/13/2012, 1:00pm  ET

By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is celebrating Father's day a few days early by having an impromptu lunch with two members of the military and two local barbers.

Obama is touting a mentoring initiative aimed at reaching out to fathers with positive parenting advice from barbers and barbershops.

He ate a barbecue lunch of ribs, collard greens and corn bread, telling his Capitol Hill lunch guests that "barbershops are a good place" to share advice on taking responsibility for children.

The Health and Human Services initiative is called "Fatherhood Buzz." It reaches out to dads with positive parenting advice through barbershops.


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