Real Men, regardless of sexual orientation, face up to the challenge is thrust upon them. And that goes double when they become a parent.
If there are people (And in his case, hundreds of million) depending on your actions and leadership, but you decide to go for paternity leave rather than work and fix the problem, you are a failure as man.
Nobody forced you to accept the position of Secretary of Transportation. Nobody put your nuts in a vise and threatened you with a plumber’s torch if you did not became the person in charge overseeing the efficient movement of people and good across the nation. You could have said no and go on with your life.
But you said yes and were suppose to put your fellow Americans above personal concerns or wants. You were supposed to do want millions do every day when they go to work for the sake of the country and its citizens. Like marriage, you took the position for better or for worse and you have to be dumb enough to have believed that no crisis would be waiting for you when the President that chose you used the rescue of the road infrastructure as campaign promise.
And real men realize that if they can’t do the job of caring for others, they must step aside and let somebody who can do his job take over. There is no shame in accepting limitations, but there is absolute embarrassment on repeating the same useless behavior because you cannot accept your failure and rather see the people in the country you swore to protect and defend suffer because you are an incompetent fool placed in a position for political decoration.
You have a son? Then leave him an important legacy: To know you did the right thing for him and his future rather than use him as an excuse to hide your uselessness in the position that you chose to serve.
You adopted a human being, not a political prop. Be a man by being a real parent.