Facts about Barack Obama

Interesting facts about Barack Obama
  1. Collection: Barack Obama collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barabarian comics
  2. Harry Potter: He has read all the Harry Potter books
  3. Architect: If he wasn’t a politician, he’d like to be an architect
  4. Left-handed: He is left-handed (like a number of other US presidents – including Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush)
  5. Strength: Barack Obama can bench press 90 kg
  6. Fashion: He hates saggy pants
  7. Indonesia: While living in Indonesia (1967-1970), he ate dog meat, snake meat and roasted grasshoppers. He also had a pet monkey during this period
  8. Youth friends: According to him, many of his friends in Indonesia were street urchins
  9. Quit smoking: He promised his wife Michelle he would quit smoking before he started campaigning for president – but he didn’t keep his promise
  10. Presidential elections: With 66.7 million popular votes and 365 electoral votes, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on November 4, 2008
Fact: Barack Obama is the first African-American president in US history
Attribution: Pete Souza + Jatkins – Wikipedia.org

Fact: Barack Obama was elected President of the United States in 2008 and is the 44th President of the United States


Facts about Barack Obama’s background

  • Birth: Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Name: His full name is Barack Hussein Obama II (Jr.). The name ‘Barack’ means “blessed” in Swahili
  • Mother: His mother was Stanley Ann Dunham and was born in Wichita, Kansas, USA in 1942
  • Far: His father was Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. and was born on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya in 1936
  • Education: B.A. in Political Science (specializing in International Relations), Columbia University, 1983. J.D. magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1991
  • Marriage: He married Michelle Obama (née Robinson) on October 3, 1992
  • Kids: Together they have children Natasha (born 10.06.2001) and Malia (born July 4, 1998)
  • President: Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States and also the first African-American President of the United States



  • Snacks: Barack Obama’s favorite snacks are protein bars with chocolate and peanuts
  • Food: His favorite dish is his wife’s “pasta with shrimp” (shrimp linguini)
  • Book: His favorite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • Movie: Obama’s favorite movies are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Music: His favorite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees
  • Play: His favorite games are Scrabble and poker
  • Artist: Barack Obama’s favorite artist is Pablo Picasso


More facts about Obama

  • Languages: In addition to English (his native language), Barack Obama can speak Spanish
  • Incentives: He doesn’t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol. However, as a teenager he drank a lot of alcohol, smoked marijuana and also used cocaine
  • Nickname: In high school, he was called ‘O’Bomber’ because of his basketball skills. He was also called ‘Barry’ until university, where he stated that he would only be called by his real name from then on
  • Grammy: Obama won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir ‘Dreams From My Father’
  • Boxing gloves: He owns a pair of red boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali
  • Is: As a teenager, he worked in an ice cream shop and can’t stand ice cream today
  • The lucky ones: He wears a Madonna of Bruges statue plus a bracelet from a soldier in Iraq for good luck
  • Student debt: He only finished paying off his student debt in 2004; this thanks to the income from his book ‘Dreams From My Father’
  • Worst habit: According to him, his worst habit is constantly checking his Blackberry
  • Hair: Barack Obama gets his hair cut once a week at his Chicago barber, Zariff, which costs 21 dollars per cut