President Obama gave a nice pep talk to a group of young African American teenagers who have been beset with challenges in their lives. He called on them to meet those challenges and rise to success. He used himself as an example of someone who flirted with a life of drugs and sloth, but managed to pull himself up, and out of the downward spiral that has sucked in so many in hisformer (and their present) position. The President also asked others to step in and help these young men as they try to find their way. It's not clear how many of these young men are growing up in a home without fathers, but that is an all too frequent reality for teenagers of this age, race and economic condition. What was missing from what the President's appeal was emphasis on the missing fathers. The problems that envelop young black men can be traced to two main causes: 1) absent fathers, and 2) the bad economy. The President would be serving the young men best if he called on their fathers to return to their sons and help them understand what they need to do. He would improve upon that by sitting down with his political opponents and come to agreements on ideas to improve the economy. The economy is the root of the problem for both many of the young men the President is setting out to help and their absent fathers. Some of these missing dads, of course, may have been convicted of crimes and may be incarcerated. Others may be serving in the military or engaged in some other work that takes them away from home. Many families struggle with these situations. But for many of the young men the President has vowed to help the issue of the missing father is just that he has left and isn't coming back. Those fathers should step back into their sons' lives and help. And the President should tell them to do just that. Maybe they would listen to the President of the United States