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GOP senator: Obama is ‘a good role model’

GOP senator: Obama is ‘a good role model’
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Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonCotton mocks NY Times over claim of nonpartisanship, promises to submit op-eds as test Barrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election COVID outbreak threatens GOP's Supreme Court plans MORE (R-Ark.) said President Obama is a quality family man, adding Wednesday that the outgoing leader inspires the same behavior in young American men.

“I think President Obama has been a good role model for young men throughout our society,” he told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room." "[It is] especially for people like him, who grew up without a father.”

“[Obama’s] been an excellent father and an excellent husband,” added Cotton, who endorsed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE’s White House run last year.

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“I think the kind of quiet dignity that he’s brought to the private side of his life sets a really good example for young men all around the country who maybe don’t have a father figure or don’t have a role model they can look up to. And I think it will have a lasting impact.”

Obama first entered the White House in 2009, making history as the nation’s first African-American president.

The departing commander in chief, who leaves office on Friday, has made first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama releases her voting playlist Obama to young voters: Create 'a new normal in America' by voting for Biden Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy MORE and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, a key focus despite his responsibilities.

Photos emerged earlier Wednesday of Obama celebrating a snow day with both of his children in 2010, making snow angels and laughing together.

President Obama and the first lady on Monday spent part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a shelter in Washington, D.C., aimed at helping the homeless find jobs.

The Obamas assisted about half-a-dozen school-age children painting an indoor mural featuring King during their stop at the Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter in D.C. 

Cotton and Obama have at times been fierce adversaries on issues ranging from the Iran nuclear deal to America’s treatment of Israel.

Cotton last August accused the Obama administration of “acting like a drug cartel” by making a controversial $400 million cash payment to Iran.