The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama was the first African-American to hold that position.
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Barack Obama Facts: 1-5
1. In Kenya there is a beer that has been named after him.
3. Shrimp Linguini cooked by his wife Michelle is his favorite meal.
4. He hates ice creams, however, as a teenager he worked in an ice cream shop of Baskin Robbins.
5. He has a pair of red boxing gloves. Specialty? The gloves have the signature of Muhammad Ali.
Barack Obama Facts: 6-10
6. Abraham Lincoln is his favorite American President.
7. Do you know what a mutt is? He calls himself that!
9. He is a big fan of Scrabble.
10. In ‘Dreams From My Father’ – his audiobook, he used the N-word.
Barack Obama Facts: 11-15
11. He actually won a Grammy for his audiobook.
12. He believes in good luck and carries a child statue and tiny Madonna for the same.
13. He has completed reading all Harry Potter books. He actually read them to his daughter.
14. He is a bigtime fan of show-tunes. Interestingly he gifted an iPod to the Queen of England. Guess what the iPod had? Yes, show-tunes.
15. After college, he moved to Chicago and worked as Developing Communities Project director.
Barack Obama Facts: 16-20
16. Though Obama is not a fan of ice creams, his daughter Sasha is exactly the opposite.
17. Sasha is actually his favorite basketball player.
18. According to Michelle Obama, his first car was extremely rusted and the passenger door had a rusted hole.
19. Do The Right Thing – that was the movie where he went for his first date with Michelle.
20. He has a collection of Conan the Barbarian and Spiderman comics.
Barack Obama Facts: 21-25
21. His full name is Barack Hussein Obama II. He was the 44th US President. He was the first African American to hold that position. He was also the first US President who was not born in Continental USA.
22. Barack Obama was named as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 2009 only 9 months after he became the President of America.
23. He visited a Federal prison and he was the USA’s first sitting President to have done so.
24. In a period of almost 100 years, he was the USA’s first sitting President to have visited Cuba.
25. Guantanamo Bay detention camp was ordered to be closed by President Obama only a few days after he took charge of the office. Interestingly, the congress prevented the closing of the camp.
Barack Obama Facts: 26-30
26. The Twitter followers of Obama in 2016 was the highest among any world leader.
27. China has something called OFC. What does that stand for? It stands for Obama Fried Chicken!
28. Obama is a left-handed person. Well, he is not alone. There are several other famous people who are left-handed. Some names will be Da Vinci, Napoleon, Bill Gates, Michelangelo, Einstein, Oprah, Newton and Jimi Hendrix.
29. There is an Islamist militant group is Somalia. The group did something funny in 2012. It declared a bounty of 10 camels for Barack Obama and a bounty of 2 camels for anyone who brings information on Hillary Clinton.
30. Robert F. Kennedy, in 1961 predicted that in the coming 40 years, the US will have a black president and he was correct except that his prediction was not entirely correct. It took 46 years before Obama became President.
Barack Obama Facts: 31-35
31. 71 years after the Hiroshima bombing, Barack Obama was the USA’s first sitting President to visit the place.
32. In his inaugural address, President Obama uttered the words Gay Rights (emphasis on Gay). He was the first US President to do so.
33. He published an academic paper after becoming US President. He was the USA’s first sitting President to have done so.
34. He addresses David Cameron – Prime Minister of the UK as ‘Bro’.
35. As mentioned earlier, President Barack Obama was born outside Continental USA. He was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His date of birth is August 4, 1961 (that’s the same year when Robert F. Kennedy predicted that the USA will have a Black President in 40 years).
Barack Obama Facts: 36-41
36. President Obama’s father was from Kenya. His father’s name was Barack Obama Sr. who was an economist in Kenyan government.
37. President Obama’s mother’s name was Stanley Ann Dunham who was from Kansas, USA.
38. When Barack Obama was just 2 years old, his mother and father got divorced. His mother married another man named Lolo Soetoro. However, Obama didn’t stay with his mother and stepfather. He spent most of his childhood in Hawaii with his maternal grandparents.
39. He studied in Occidental College in Los Angeles. Then he went to Columbia University in New York and finally studied at Harvard Law School.
40. He worked as a teacher as well as civil-rights lawyer before becoming President of the USA. He even worked as a telemarketer, was into the construction field, worked at law firms and even sold island trinkets when he was in Hawaii.
41. He used cocaine and marijuana as a teenager. Before running for presidency, he promised his wife that he had quit smoking, which was a lie. However, eventually he quit smoking in 2010 because he wanted to be a good father.