Interesting Facts about Barack Obama: First African-American President of the United States

Barack Hussein Obama II was the 44th President of the United States served in office from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He’s the first African-American to be elected to the United States presidency and the first one not born in the continental United States.
Obama was born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was a Kenyan; he left Hawaii when his son was just two years old. Obama’s father died in a car crash in 1982, at age 46.
Obama’s mother was born in 1942 in Wichita, Kansas. She raised Barack until she died of cancer in 1995. Sadly, Dunham didn’t get to see her son become the president of US.
After graduating from high school in 1979, Obama moved to suburban Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. After two years, he then transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he studied political science and graduated with a B.A. in 1983.
Influenced by some professors who urged him to take his studies more seriously, Barack experienced significant intellectual growth during college and for a few years after that. He lived a rather ascetic life and read lots of works of philosophy and literature by Toni Morrison, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Shakespeare, and many others.
Obama served as an editor and writer for Business International Corporation, research, consulting, and publishing firm in Manhattan. After a couple of years, he became a community organizer on the largely impoverished Far South Side of Chicago.
Three years later, he went back to school and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard law school (the second highest honor available) in 1991. Obama served as president of the Harvard Law Review, and he was the first African-American to hold that position.
Before he became a president, Obama represented the people of Illinois in the United States Senate (2005-2008). He became the 3rd African-American to be elected to that reputable body since the end of Reconstruction (1877). In 2009, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Barack had met Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, a Chicago native and a young lawyer at the Sidley Austin’s Chicago law firm while a summer associate at the firm in 1989. He met his future wife Michelle when he was still at Harvard Law School. They got married in 1992 and have two kids named Natasha and Malia Ann.
Here are some interesting facts about Barack Obama:
1. In 1993, Barack joined a Chicago law firm which specialized in civil rights litigation. Initially, he started as an associate for three years (1993-1996), and after that, he became counsel for eight years until 2004.
2. As he celebrated his 55th birthday on August 4th, 2016, Barack wrote an essay in Glamour to describe how his two daughters and being president have made him a feminist.
3. Obama likes watching movies with his family. In an exclusive interview with People Magazine, he shared some of his best movies for the year 2012. The Beasts of the Southern Wild was an obvious favorite. Being an enthusiastic reader, Barack also enjoyed the movie version of Life of Pi.
4. Barack keeps a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg on his desk, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life.
5. The king in social media politics. His high involvement in social media such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is what enhances Obama’s popularity. He’s the first President of United States to utilize these forms of social media and is also an ardent user of his iPad, Blackberry, and iPod.
6. Today, Obama is a famous name around the world. Several landmarks and roads have been renamed after him. A street was to be renamed Calle Barack Obama in Valencia, Spain. Similarly, the Pembroke Park Road was to be renamed Barack Obama Boulevard in Florida. In 2009, the mountain Boggy Peak in Antigua was renamed Mount Obama on his birthday.

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