Here are ten things you may not have known about Barack Obama.
- Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1961. In Swahili, his given name means “one who is blessed.” Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Kansas, and his father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., was from Kenya.
- Obama lived in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather from the ages of 6 to 10. 1971 marked his return to Hawaii, where he resided with his paternal grandparents.
- Since his first employment as a youngster in Hawaii working at Baskin-Robbins, he has disliked ice cream.
- After two years at Occidental College in Los Angeles, he proceeded to Columbia University in New York, where he earned a political science degree. In addition, he attended Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from which he graduated with honours. He was the first black editor of Harvard Law Review.
- In 1992, he wed Michelle Robinson, a fellow Harvard Legal School graduate he met at a Chicago law firm. They have two kids; their names are Malia and Sasha.
- Obama was a civil rights attorney, a community organiser, a lecturer, and a professor prior to his election as a state senator in Illinois.
- As a state senator, he proposed and spearheaded the adoption of the first racial profiling statute in Illinois, which mandates that police videotape homicide interrogations.
- A secondary school in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of his father, has been renamed the Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School.
- In 2008 and 2012, he was selected “Person of the Year” by Time magazine.
- In 2007, Obama officially declared his candidacy for president. In November 2008, he was elected president and served two terms as the 44th president of the United States.
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