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20 interesting facts about Barack Obama

We all love Barack Obama and his family. The former President of the USA seemed as the coolest and the most loved President of all times. Just like many of us Obama’s life too had many ups and downs. But still he rose from them to become the 44th President of the United States of America.

Here are some interesting facts about Barack Obama and his life

  • Obama admitted that he used to inhale Marijuana and cocaine as a high school student. He one mentioned “I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” He later promised Michelle that he would quit smoking when they moved to Washington.

  • Obama does not like ice cream. But the former President does enjoy chocolate peanut protein bars and Fran’s Smoked Salt Caramels.
  • The former President has also tried to venture in the field of modeling while studying at Harvard. However he was rejected.
  • Homeland and The Wire are his favorite television series
  • Obama owns 4 pairs of the same uniform shoes in black colour.
  • Barack Obama was the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review.


  • Before he was a state senator, Obama worked as a civil rights attorney, lecturer and community organizer.
  • Obama won a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of his book “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”
  • He is the first African-American person to become the President of the United States of America. He won the elections with 66.7 million popular votes and 365 electoral votes.
  • Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 2009
  • Barack Obama is named Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ twice. First in 2008 and then again in the year 2012.
  • A life size bronze statue of the former president is unveiled in Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • Obama’s grandmother gave him the nickname of ‘bear’ and “bar’. After his mother remarried, Obama went to Hawaii to live with his grandmother.
  • Obama’s code name was ‘Renegade’ to the Secret Service Agents who guarded him. While the code name of his wife Michelle was ‘Rennaisance’.
  • Barack Obama is the author of three books- Dreams from my Father, The Audacity of Hope and I sing: a letter to My Daughters.

  • The name of a school was renamed after him in his father’s hometown in Kenya in 2006.
  • His grandmother, Madelyn Dunham died just a day before his inauguration. She was battling cancer and died on November 3, 2008 and Obama was elected as the president on November 4, 2008.
  • He was the first President of the United States of America to visit Myanmar, Laos and Japan.
  • Barack Obama was the first President to have his own YouTube channel. He used to upload weekly addresses on this channel and had more than 285 million views.
  • Obama along with his family, settled down in the Kalorama neighborhood in Washington after leaving the white house.