All of us have our individual quirks including the President only difference being that they ought to keep the ‘fun facts’ hidden due to their career choice. Today we bring to you some facts about President Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th and current President of the United States and the first African American to hold the office. Let’s find out some very interesting facts about Barack Obama-
1. Early life
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii to a mother from Kansas, Stanley Ann Dunham, and a father from Kenya, Barack Obama Sr and was also raised by his grandfather.
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2. Broken upbringing
Barack Obama was only 2 years when his parents got divorced. He spent majority of his childhood with his mother and stepfather Lolo Soetoro and later with his maternal grandparents in Hawaii.
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He did his main schooling from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Columbia University in New York, and later, Harvard Law School with scholarship and student loans.
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4. Road to The President
It was not an easy road for him to reach such heights. He was a civil-rights lawyer and a teacher before. Later, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2004. Finally in 2008, he was elected as the President of America and was re-elected again in 2012 against the Republican opponent Mitt Romney.
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5. Obama’s previous jobs
Obama had worked for many private companies, from Baskin-Robbins to Business International Corporation. He worked at law firms, as a telemarketer, in construction and even sold island trinkets in Hawaii.
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6. Obama’s roll models
7. President’s library
He is a prodigious reader and he likes to have a variety of books. His favorite books are Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. He once wrote a book review for the Chicago Tribune, in December 1997, reviewing a book by William Ayers. Apparently he has read every Harry Potter book (with Malia, his eldest daughter of course!).
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8. “Senator keg” beer
Kenya, the country were Obama’s father Barack Obama, Sr. was born, is really fond of Barack Obama. As a result of it, they decicated and named a beer called “Senator Keg”, affordable and highly popular beer in Kenya.
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9. Favorite movies and music
Like others, Obama also de-stresses with a movie sometimes. Some of his favorite movies are Casablanca, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Godfather. Coincidence or rich taste! Most of his favorite movies are Oscar winners. He loves listening to the Rolling Stones, Jay Z and Stevie Wonder.
10. Not a chef but a pretty good cook it seems!
Obama may not be a chef but he’s not newbie either. In fact, he is pretty good at making chili and stir-fry.
11. Comic obsession of Obama
In an interview in 2008, he admitted that he loves collecting comics. Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian are among his favorite ones. He has appeared in 22 comics since 2007.
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12. Best father award goes to…
Obama’s admitted to have experimented with marijuana and cocaine as a teenager. Surprised!!! Rumor has it that he once promised his beloved wife Michelle that he’d quit smoking before running for President but he never did. But in order to be a good father, he finally quit smoking habit in 2010.
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13. Indonesian adventures of Obama
Obama stayed in Indonesia for about 5 years from the age of 6-10 yrs. While he was there he got to feast on some local delicacies like dog meat, snake meat and grasshopper and even housed a pet ape named “Tata”.
14. President’s desk
There is a wooden hand holding an egg on the President’s desk. Sounds strange, but it’s not strange in Kenya. It is actually a Kenyan symbol for the fragility of life.
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15. Exceptional basketball skills
He is a big fan of basketball. Infact, Obama was called as “O’Bomber” for his basketball skills. He had posters of Dr.J i.e. Julius Erving in his bedroom.
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16. Food lover!
His favorite food includes home made shrimp linguini, burgers, hot dogs and his childhood favorite broccoli. His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars.
17. He owns Muhammad Ali’s gloves
18. Obama’s a rockstar!
Surprised! Yes, Obama had won the Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album audiobook versions of Dreams from My Father in February 2006 and for The Audacity of Hope in February 2008.
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19. Obama and Brad Pitt are relatives
Shocked?! Genealogists have claimed that President Obama is the 9th cousin of actor Brad Pitt and 8th cousin of outgoing vice-President Dick Cheney.
20. If only!
If only fate hadn’t led him into politics, Obama would have been an architect.