Senators Barack Obama and John McCain -- two men who were influenced by their fathers in very different ways. Sen. Obama's father was not present in the family for nearly all of his childhood -- but his father cast a long shadow of influence on his young son, nevertheless. And Sen. McCain's experience was virtually the opposite. His father -- and grandfather -- were both four-star admirals in the Navy and had profound influences on his life. He talks about the courage he drew from his father -- during the years he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Mark Wexler is a photographer, filmmaker and the son of legendary cinematographer and two-time Oscar winner Haskell Wexler ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" "Coming Home," "American Graffiti" & the list goes on and on). Mark has made a new documentary about his father that is one part biography and one part therapy session -- including some great advice from some of his father's most famous collaborators. For anyone who has a complicated relationship with a loving but sometimes overbearing parent, this story will have the ring of truth for you. In that tug and pull of love and tension, especially during the adolescent years, a song from one of America's great singer-songwriters, Loudon Wainwright. It is a song written especially for his son Rufus, now also an acclaimed singer-songwriter. It's strikingly honest, remarkable and touching, as he speaks through song to his distant teenage son. Then a rite of passage for all parents -- a task that often falls to the dad: teaching a child to ride a bike. In one awkward and thrilling moment, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Suskind will explain how teaching your child to ride a two-wheeler can encapsulate the joy and the heartbreak of parenting. Anchor: Bob WoodruffAirdate: 6/17/2005
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