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20 Things I Didn't Know About Barack Obama

Updated on March 08, 2011

20 Things I Didn't Know About Barack Obama

I thought I knew everything about Barack Obama. I have followed his career and researched his early years, yet, according to an article written by Vinette K. Pryce, writing for Caribbean Life, there is more to the man.

Fifty facts were listed about Barack Obama, and there were twenty facts that I did not know. They are:

1 - He announced the opening of 8,000 jobs available to qualified candidates who may apply at change.gov (This website also has all the information you could possibly want about the President-elect).

2 - I know he gave his campaign staff one month’s additional salary upon their retirement, but I did not know he also gave them the Blackberry phones and computers they used.

3 - He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his book “Dreams From My Father.”

4 - His name in Swahili means, “one who is blessed.”

5 - In High School, he was known as “O’Bomber” due to his skills at basketball.

6 - He is left handed - the sixth post-war left handed president.

7 - He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali.

8 - As a teenager, he worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop and now can’t stand ice cream.

9 - Black forest berry iced tea is his favorite drink.

10 - While living in Indonesia, he kept a pet ape named Tata.

11 - He can bench press 200 lbs.

12 - In 1996, he visited Wokingham, Berkshire (UK), for the stag party of his half-sister’s fiancé. When the stripper arrived - he left!

13 - He and wife Michelle earned $4.2 million dollars in 2007, with much of the income coming from sales of his books.

14 - While at Harvard, he applied to appear in a Black pin-up calendar but was rejected by the all female committee.

15 - His favorite music includes The Fugees, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Bach.

16 - On his first date with Michelle, he took her to see the Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing.”

17 - He enjoys playing poker and Scrabble.

18 - He owns four identical pairs of size 11 shoes.

19 - On his desk, he keeps a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life.

20 - His late father worked for the Kenyan government as a senior economist.

As time goes by, with Barack Obama on the world stage, I’m sure there will be more interesting facts made available.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I really love Barack Obama and you just gave me 20 more reasons to love him.  Thank you BKCreative....thumbs up!

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      dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Very cool stuff - anyone who likes Bob Dylan can be a friend of mine :-)

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      2 dineane....I was going to say the very same thing, LOL :-)

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for this! I think he is just terrific! I will be so glad when he is occupying the White House - with his American Bulldog named Spike (see my hub about doggies in the White House ;)

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you all! It is so good to feel excited about politics once again. To feel encouraged, and inspired and hopeful - all the things we should expect from our President.

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      Nicole 8 years ago

      "And now, Grammy award-winner and President of the United States, Barack Obama." ;) Love it!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      That's so great Nic,

      I wonder who will figure this out and say just those words (other than you)!

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      VIDOR SWAMY 8 years ago

      Someone once told me on my job...find the most broken project and fix it....it will propel your career.....I think Barack has an opportunity to become the greatest leader in the free world. He will fix our broken country!!!!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good career advice - and I agree, the country is broken - and we saw someone in our midst who is the most capable - he was certainly not a legacy student!

      Thanks for writing!

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      deestew 8 years ago from Kentucky

      Very good article. Love it!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks deestew!

      It's time to take a sigh of relief and smile once again!

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks BK for the twenty things we didn't know about Barack Obama, I didn't know these things, things for sharing. creavtieone59

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Always good to hear from you creativeone59! There is so much more about President Obama! But this was nice to get us started. Thanks so much for writing!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Bk Creative, Nice! This was an informative hub! I am sure there is much more now... Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You are absolutely right Deborrah K. Ogans - there is more - so much more that I am learning everyday. The more I search the deeper it goes. And it's all great - or he would be ostracized forever. It just can't be done.

      Thanks for writing!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      So, Obama is left handed? I knew there was something really special about that guy! Sign me, proud of fellow lefties who really make it big!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I was tutoring a left-handed student the other day at the library and a woman who was left-handed started talking because of him - and together they talked about 10,00 great facts about left-handers that left me amazed.

      Unfortunately, when I was growing up, I remember teachers forcing students to use their right hands.

      My son is a lefty - and he thinks of things I never thought of - actually he is quite brilliant and I'm sure it's the left hand speaking.

      Thanks for your comments. I'm a righty but I know the deal!

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      cbris52 6 years ago

      17- This is a really interesting fact... I would just love to see his poker face in action... Oh and the fact that he can bench press 200 that's pretty cool too! Very interesting hub!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks cbris52 - I wrote this so long ago - maybe it is time to update. Glad you commented!

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      RandomThoughts... 5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for a little more information on a man I still have tons of hope for. Up!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome RandomThoughts... I often feel we don't deserve him. Hey, let's just all go down the tubes then. I can't imagine killing myself for such uninformed and ungrateful people.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks for giving me additional knowledge about a man i am proud of. Peace be with you!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It may be time soon to update this - but now I know so much about him, there is little I do not know. He has quietly done so many, many things, effected so much change - but doesn't grandstand or expect a pat on the back.

      Suddenly the whole Western world wants him to save them as well. This is one President I wholeheartedly supported.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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