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June 25, 2012

Barack Obama Facts That You Don’t Know

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Written by: arunenigma
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Age: 47
Birthdate: Aug. 4, 1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Education: Columbia University; Harvard Law School
Wife: Michelle Robinson Obama
Children: Daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7
Religious affiliation: United Church of Christ

  • Barack Hussein Obama was born to a Kenyan father and a white American mother. His father, Barack Obama Sr., married his mother, Ann Dunham, while studying at the University of Hawaii. The couple separated two years after Obama was born. His father ultimately returned to Kenya, where he became a noted economist. He died in a car accident in 1982.
  • Obama’s mother’s second marriage was to an Indonesian man named Lolo Soetoro. The family moved to Indonesia and Obama remained there until he was 10 when he moved back to Hawaii and lived with his grandparents while studying on a scholarship at the elite Punahou Academy.
  • Obama has seven half brothers and sisters in Kenya from his father’s other marriages, and a half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, from his mother’s second marriage.
  • Obama was known as “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball.
  • His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili.
  • Obama’s favourite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini.
  • Obama has won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father.
  • Obama is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed.
  • Obama has read every Harry Potter book till date.
  • Obama is a fan and owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali.
  • Obama had worked in Baskin-Robbins as a teenager.
  • Obama experimented with drugs and admitted that back in his early years he tried marijuana and cocaine but was not proud of it.
  • Barack is a smoker, but does not drink alcohol.
  • One of Obama’s favourite books is ‘Where Wild Things Lie’.
  • Obama’s favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars.
  • Obama has said in an interview that he has eaten dog meat, snake meat, and even roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia.
  • Obama can speak Spanish.

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