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Despite Tense Political Climate, DCF Head Carroll Hails Barack Obama As 'Role Model'

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Florida Department of Children and Families/Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
During a recent Black History Month Celebration, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll (left) says former President Obama (right) has become a role model for millions of Americans.

The first black President of the United States is a good role model and a good father. That’s according to the head of Florida’s child welfare agency, who spoke during a recent Black History Month celebration.

Even when former President Barack Obama was in office, there was much tension between the administrations of Republican Governor Rick Scott and the Democratic leader of the U.S. But, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll—a Scott appointee—says whether you agree or disagree with Obama’s politics, there’s no doubt he’s become a role model for millions of Americans.

“He’s become a role model for his work ethic,” said Carroll, last week. “He’s become a role model for what he’s overcome in his life and his drive. He’s become a role model for the dad that he is, which is so important to me because of the family man that Barack Obama is. So, he has accomplished much.”

While they may not necessarily become a national leader, Carroll says it’s also important everyday people become role models and leaders within their own communities and families to help lead kids to success.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.