Barack Obama, the 44th President of the world’s most powerful nation, is one of the most searched celebs in Google and why not, he is an icon for many. He has set an example and benchmark that would be difficult to match for future presidents. He was the first African-American to be bestowed with this responsibility in America. Here are some other interesting facts about Barack Obama that you would love to know.
Obama was born on August 4, 1961 to Barack Obama Sr. – who was a scholarship student from Kenya – and Stanley Ann Dunham, who was a student at the University of Hawaii. He was born on the island of Honolulu in Hawaii. His parents filed for a divorce when he was just two and then moved to Indonesia. Then his mother tied the knot with Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian by origin.
Barack Obama returned to Honolulu in 1971 to stay with his maternal grandparents. He was nicknamed “Bear” by them.
Besides the nickname given to him by his grandparents, he also fetched another title “O’Bomber” in high school for his amazing basketball skills.
Another among the interesting facts about Barack Obama you would love to know is that he has worked at the popular ice cream parlour, Baskin Robbins and also into construction during his teens. Post his graduation from Columbia University in 1983, he took a break of five years to work as a market researcher and then as a community organizer.
Later, in 1988, he enrolled at Harvard University. He cleared with distinction and was the first African-American to be the president at the Harvard Law Review.
He met Michelle, his current wife while interning at the Chicago Law Firm. She was his mentor there and it took them a couple of years to tie the knot. They got married in 1992 and have been living a happy married life since.
In 1996, Obama was elected as the state senator of Illinois where he sponsored a bill that required the policemen to videotape interrogations in capital crime cases. This had never been done earlier and he is the man to be credited for this first of its kind bill.