Today is the 53rd birthday of the 44th and the first African American President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama. Even though people may know much about President Barack Obama, but there are still many things about this charismatic personality that you might be unaware of. On his birthday, we would like our readers to know a few more interesting things about the most popular world leader.
Nickname Is “Barry”: Barack Obama was known by his classmates as “Barry” when he was growing up in Hawaii, but preferred to be called Barack when he reached University.
Obama Is Bi-Racial. Barack Obama is a first bi-racial president of United States of America. He inherited equally from his father and mother. He inherited his skin-tone from his Kenyan Father, Barack Obama Sr. whereas his eyes and facial shape from his mother Ann Dunham, a white woman from Wichita, Kansas. “My father was black as pitch, my mother white as milk” – Barack Obama.
Obama Loves Playing Basketball: President’s favorite sport is basketball and he has a powerful force on the basket ball court. Even because of his famous double pump, left-handed shot at basketball, he was named as ‘O’Bomber’ at high school. Luol Deng was his favorite British professional basket player.
He’s Read Every Single Book In Harry Potter Series: Barack Obama has almost read all seven books of the most popular J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Book Series. He read these books to his daughters, Malia and Sasha, who are the fans of the magical series.
His Inspirations: The three men who inspired him the most were Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch- a Pulitzer Prize- winning book about Martin Luther King is one of his favorite books. Besides this, his other favorite books including Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Shakespeare’s Tragedies, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lincoln’s Collected Writings and The Bible. These books are also listed on his Facebook page.
He Is Left-Handed: Barack is the sixth post-war President who uses left hand to write. The President recounts that he was often punished with a ruler for writing with his left hand.
He Cannot Stand The Taste Of Ice Cream: According to a survey, ice cream and frozen novelty treats business alone generated more than $11 billion sales in 2012 in US. And every year 15 quarts of ice cream is consumed by average Americans. But the current president of America has a great distaste for all types of ice creams. His disliking for ice creams started during his childhood when he once employed in a famous Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite Movie: In an interview, the President of United States revealed “Casablanca” as his favorite movie. He also stated that he is also the biggest fan of 1975 Academy-Award-winning Jack Nicholson hit, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His other favorite movies are: The Godfather (1972), and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
He Experimented With Drugs As A Teenager: In Obama’s first book, “Dreams From My Father“, he had confessed that he experimented with marijuana and cocaine as a teenager. He did not try the Heroin as he did not like the supplier. Now he considers it was a fault and says that he is not proud of it.
Obama Is Addicted To Blackberry: The most powerful Man of USA is addicted to Blackberry. He has habit of constantly checking his BlackBerry. He is so addicted that he has been forced to hand it over for security reasons.
Obama Won Two Grammy Awards: US first African American president, Barack achieved not one-but two- Grammy awards for the audio version of his bestselling memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” and his book, “The Audacity Of Hope”.
So these were the list of fascinating facts on Barack Obama. Please share your thoughts and let us know whether you liked the article in the comments below.
- Chicago Tribune