All of us have our individual quirks including the President; the only difference being that they ought to keep the ‘fun facts’ hidden due to their career choice. Here we bring to you some facts about President Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold the office. Let’s find out some interesting facts about this magnificent orator:
1. Born In An Isolated Volcanic Archipelago
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Stanley Ann Dunham (mother) and Barack Obama Sr (father).
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2. Broken Upbringing
Barack Obama was only 2 years when his parents got divorced. He spent the majority of his childhood with his mother and stepfather Lolo Soetoro, and later, with his maternal grandparents in Hawaii.
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3. The Kindergarten Obama
Since his kindergarten days, Obama was good at studies and was considered an eloquent student throughout his academics.
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4. A Tough Road To The President’s Post
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. 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. Inspired By The Greats
He was very much inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, Pablo Picasso and John Coltrane.
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7. A Vociferous Reader
He is a prodigious reader and 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).
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8. A Beer Dedicated To Him!
Kenya, the country where Obama’s father Barack Obama, Sr. was born, is really fond of Barack Obama. As they had dedicated a beer called “Senator Keg,” an affordable and highly popular beer in Kenya, to Obama.
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9. His Stressbusters
Like most of us, Obama also de-stresses with movies and music 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. Obama: The Cook!
Obama may not be a chef, but he’s not a newbie either. In fact, he is pretty good at making chili and stir-fry.
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11. Obsessed With Comics!
In an interview in 2008, he admitted that he loves collecting comics. Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian are his favorite ones.
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12. Best Father Award Goes To…
Obama has admitted having 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 to be a good father, he finally quit the 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. Inf act, 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. Foodie Obama
His favorite food includes homemade shrimp linguini, burgers, hot dogs, and his childhood favorite broccoli. His favorite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars.
17. He Owns Muhammad Ali’s Gloves!
Obama owns a pair of autographed boxing gloves owned by Muhammad Ali.
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18. Obama: 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.
21. First African-American President Of The USA!
On 20th January 2009, his name was carved in the history of the United States, when he became the first African-American President of the United States.