In 1998 and 1999, after doing months of research on Presidential Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Proclamations, I noted that the language reflects the biological, adopted and foster Mother and Father. With the new millennium upon us, things needed to be changed. We needed to honor ALL mothers and All fathers - Biological, Adopted, Foster, and Step. So I faxed President Clinton and asked him to revise the language to the Mother’s Day and the Father’s Day Proclamation. I remember feeling that my request may only be seen by a White House staff member and that would be the end. But I was wrong. I remember getting the phone call and then a Fax with the new revised language. President Clinton had honor my request. Watching my fax machine with such anticipation and seeing the cover letter coming through, revealing in big black letters, “The White House” and a picture of the White House. My heart was pounding. Although I knew that many Americans may not see or know about the language on a Presidential Proclamation, I knew that this Mother’s Day and Father’s Day would go down in history as the first to included ALL parents.
Then in my mail box, a large envelop, from the White House. President Clinton signed both proclamations and sent them to me. They are beautiful. They measure 11x20. The White House staff assuring me that they were personally signed by him.
President Bush also honor the request. A request has been sent to President Obama for the 2010 Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Proclamations. President Obama Honors the request for the Mother's Day Proclamation.
The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release May 07, 2010
Presidential Proclamation--Mother's Day
Generations of mothers have labored tirelessly and selflessly to support and guide their children and families. Their loving, devoted efforts have broadened horizons for their children and opened doors of opportunity for our Nation's daughters and granddaughters. On Mother's Day, we pay tribute to these women who have given so much of themselves to lift up our children and shape America's character.
Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the words for the song The Battle Hymn of the Republic, led early efforts to establish a day honoring the influence of mothers on our lives and communities. In the ensuing decades, many Americans rallied to support this cause, including Anna Jarvis. After the loss of her own mother, Anna helped spur the nationwide institution of Mother's Day we celebrate each year.
From our first moments in this world and throughout our lives, our mothers protect us from harm, nurture our spirits, and encourage us to reach for our highest aspirations. Through their unwavering commitment, they have driven and inspired countless acts of leadership, compassion, and service across our country. Many mothers have struggled to raise children while pursuing their careers, or as single parents working to provide for their families. They have carried the torch of trailblazers past, leading by powerful example and overcoming obstacles so their sons and daughters could reach their fullest potential.
Whether adoptive, biological, or foster, mothers share an unbreakable bond with their children, and Americans of all ages and backgrounds owe them an immeasurable debt. Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by two parents, a single mother, two mothers, a step-mom, a grandmother, or a guardian. Mother's Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate these extraordinary caretakers, mentors, and providers who have made us who we are. As we honor today's mothers, we also reflect upon the memory of those who have passed, and we renew our commitment to living the values they cultivated in us.
The Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as "Mother's Day" and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 9, 2010, as Mother's Day. Let us express our deepest love and thanks to our mothers and remember those who, though no longer with us, inspire us still.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.