First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Ever wonder the parenting styles of former Presidents? Author Joshua Kendall breaks down the 6 types of “First Dads.”

Joshua Kendall has an unusual take on what sorts of fathers U.S. presidents (and hopefuls) have been, and the impact their various parenting styles have had, or may yet have, on the country and the world.

His book “First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama,” was recently named “Book of the Week” by USA Today.

According to Kendall, each president’s parenting style reveals much about his beliefs as well as his psychological make-up. James Garfield enjoyed jumping on the bed with his kids. FDR’s children had to make appointments to talk to him. Thanks to his detailed research in archives around the country, and interviews with members of several First Families, Kendall details how the fathering experiences of U.S. presidents forever changed the course of American history, and which type of parent might be best suited to leading the American people.

Watch the video above for Kendall’s take on the parenting styles of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump.

Upcoming Events:

Kendall will shed light on the timely topic at the New Haven Museum on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. prior to a reception and signing of his book. For more information, head to




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