President Barack Obama has a Father’s Day message for the country: if your dad is involved in your life, be appreciative.

“I know how important it is to have a dad in your life because I grew up without my father around,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address released Saturday. “I felt the weight of his absence.”

After noting that, “No government program can ever take the place of a parent’s love,” Obama spent much of the address touting government programs.

“We’ve still got too many workplace policies that belong in the 1950s, and it’s time to bring them up to date for today’s families, where oftentimes, both parents are working,” Obama said.

He noted the upcoming White House Summit on Working Families and his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and he said the country needs “equal pay for equal work” for men and women and urged Congress to “give America a raise.”

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