Barack Obama II is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States.
Here is the 12 Interesting facts about Barack Obama:
1. The “One who is blessed”
Barack Hussein Obama Jr. was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the first American president to be born outside the 48 contiguous states. His name, Barack, means “one who is blessed” in Swahili. Barry was his childhood nickname.
2. Known as “O’Bomber
Barack Obama returned to Hawaii to live with his mother’s parents in 1971 and attend school. For his skill in basketball, he was known as “O’Bomber” in the elite private Punahou School where he first began to understand the tensions inherent in a mixed racial background.
3. Obama’s first public speech
After graduating from high school with honors, Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1979. In 1981 he made his first public speech, urging the college to support the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa.
4. Published his autobiography in 1995
Barack Obama joined a Chicago law firm in 1993 that specialized in civil rights litigation. He was an associate for three years (1993-1996) and an attorney for eight years until 2004. Asked to write a book on race relations, he published his autobiography in 1995. “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” deals with his high school days in Hawaii.
5. Best Spoken Word Album of the Year
He received two Grammies for Best Spoken Word Album of the Year. In 2006 he won for his reading of “Dreams from My Father”; in 2008 for the audio version of “The Audacity of Hope”.
6. Michelle Obama was his mentor!
Obama was 27 when he met his future wife, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. Another Harvard Law graduate, she was assigned as his mentor when he became a summer associate at the same corporate law firm she worked for. They married on October 3, 1992.
The Obamas have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha (Sasha). The girls were ten and seven when their father became President.
7. 44th president of the United States
On January 20, 2009, Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. He was 47 years old, the fifth youngest person to become president. His inauguration was the largest attendance ever seen for any event in Washington, D.C. with nearly 2 million people attending.
Barack Obama Inaugural speech:
8. YouTube channel with over 332 million views
Obama has a YouTube channel with over 332 million views and uploaded his weekly address to it, the first president to do so.
9. One of the tallest U.S. president
At just over six feet tall (6’1″) Obama is one of the tallest U.S. presidents and he can bench press an impressive 200 pounds.
10. A Sports lover
He had the tennis court at the White House adapted into a basketball court and still shoots many three-pointers. He also loves golf. He enjoys boxing matches and has a pair of red boxing gloves owned by Muhammad Ali.
11. Obama is left-handed and can speak Spanish
Obama is left-handed and can speak Spanish. Obama was the eighth U.S. president in history who was known to be left-handed. Also, Obama hasn’t liked ice cream since he worked at a Baskin-Robbins as a teenager. His favorite snack is chocolate-peanut protein bars and his favorite candy is Fran’s Smoked Salt Caramels.
12. Best quotes from Barack Obama:
“The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
“Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.”
“We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.”