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Originally published Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Obama hosts military dads, kids at White House

President Barack Obama is observing Father's Day a bit ahead of schedule, hosting military fathers and their children for an early look at the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars 2" at the White House.

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WASHINGTON —

President Barack Obama is observing Father's Day a bit ahead of schedule, hosting military fathers and their children for an early look at the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars 2" at the White House.

The president invited dozens of military men and their children Wednesday to screen the movie, which has not yet been released to the general public.

Obama said he wanted to thank service members and their families. He said he also was playing host as a dad himself.

He said he has been trying to "stress the importance of fatherhood" across the country.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Ahead of Father's Day, President Barack Obama will host military fathers and their children for a screening of the movie "Cars 2" at the White House Wednesday.

The White House says the event is part of a yearlong "Strong Fathers, Strong Families" initiative that will highlight the role fathers play in creating strong families.

In a statement, Obama says too many young people in America grow up without dads, and families and communities are challenged as a result.

The Obama administration will hold additional events highlighting the importance of fatherhood this week, including an effort to focus on fathers in public housing. Next week, the White House will spotlight 12 dads from around the country who are making strong contributions to their families and communities.

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