Happy Father's Day, Mr. President: Obama’s 5 Cutest Daddy-Daughter Photos

PHOTO: President Barack Obama is welcomed home by daughter Sasha on the South lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 15, 2009. Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images
President Barack Obama is welcomed home by daughter Sasha on the South lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 15, 2009.

President Obama may have grown up without a father, but that doesn’t mean he's not determined to be a good parent.

"People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls," the president wrote in a column in MORE Magazine. "But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more 'normal' than it’s ever been."

His wife and two teenage daughters, Sasha and Malia, are " my sanctuary," Obama wrote, calling the women in his family "the most important people in my life."

In honor of Father’s Day today, first lady Michelle Obama tweeted out a photo of her husband posing in swim trunks with baby Sasha and Malia.

“Being a dad is one of the most important jobs a man can have,” the president wrote in a Father’s Day proclamation released Friday. “Where our own fathers fell short, we have an obligation to rise up and do better.”

The president, who has often lamented his own father’s absence, has long urged fathers, especially African-American fathers, to step up to the plate.

“Today,” he wrote in his proclamation, “we celebrate the men who provide us unconditional love and support, and who teach us to lead lives of courage and character.”

So as families across the country honor devoted dads, here are five of Obama’s most adorable father-daughter pics:

1. Uno! Sasha giggles with her father during a family card game in 2007.

PHOTO: Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, D-IL, his wife Michelle and two daughters Sasha (6) and Malia (9) play cards in their RV, July 4, 2007 on a campaign swing between Oskaloosa and Pella, Iowa. Charles Ommanney/Getty Images
Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, D-IL, his wife Michelle and two daughters Sasha (6) and Malia (9) play cards in their RV, July 4, 2007 on a campaign swing between Oskaloosa and Pella, Iowa.

2. Vote for Daddy: Malia, Sasha and Obama share a laugh at a campaign stop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2008.

PHOTO: Then-Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., stands with his two daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, as he is introduced by his wife Michelle, right, at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne, Ind., May 4, 2008. Jae C. Hong/AP Photo
Then-Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., stands with his two daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, as he is introduced by his wife Michelle, right, at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne, Ind., May 4, 2008.

3. Eek! Obama swerves a bumper car at the 2007 Iowa State Fair as Sasha squeals with delight.

PHOTO: Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama, D-IL, drives a bumper car with his daughter Sasha at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2007.Scott Olson/Getty Images
Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama, D-IL, drives a bumper car with his daughter Sasha at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 16, 2007.

4. Newly elected president Obama embraces Malia after his victory speech in Chicago Nov. 4, 2008.

PHOTO: President-elect Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia following his victory speech at his election party in Chicago, Nov. 4, 2008. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
President-elect Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia following his victory speech at his election party in Chicago, Nov. 4, 2008.

5. Good job, dad. Sasha flashes a thumbs-up after Obama completes his oath of office in Washington Jan, 20, 2009.

PHOTO: Sasha Obama gives her father a thumbs up after he takes the oath of office, Jan. 20, 2009. Her mother, Michelle, is at left and her sister, Malia, is at right. Bill OLeary/The Washington Post/Getty Images
Sasha Obama gives her father a thumb's up after he takes the oath of office, Jan. 20, 2009. Her mother, Michelle, is at left and her sister, Malia, is at right.