President Obama spoke in personal terms late Friday afternoon as he addressed a group of students in Chicago, pointing to his own experience as the son of a single mother as he stressed the importance of family and community.

“We’ve got single moms out here,” Obama told students at the Hyde Park Academy. “They are heroic for what they’re doing. ... At the same time, I wish I’d had a father who was around and involved.”

“Loving supporting parents – and by the way, that’s all kinds of parents, that includes foster parents and extended families, it includes gay or straight parents – those parents supporting kids, that’s the single most important thing,” he continued. “Unconditional love for your child -- that makes a difference.”