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Unknown Facts About President Barack Obama

Do you know any of these little known facts about the US President and Nobel peace prize winner Barack Obama?

What does Barrack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have in common? Neither of them had their father live with them. Obama, although extraordinarily bright that he is, might however, need to use an interpreter to converse with Sarkozy, as he (Obama) got a D in 8th grade French.

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1. President Obama is related to Dick Cheney and George Bush:

President Obama is the eighth cousin of former Vice President Dick Cheney through Mareen and Susannah Duvall, 17th century immigrants from France and tenth cousin of former President George Bush through a 17th century Massachusetts couple, Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole.
President Obama is also distantly related through his mother to US President Harry S. Truman and Wallis Simpson (who married King Edward VIII of England).

2. Obama’s ancestors owned slaves:

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A distant cousin from his mother’s side, Gabriel Duvall, a Supreme Court Justice and a member of the US House of Representatives, from the second district of Maryland was also a friend of Thomas Jefferson and the owner of 37 slaves

3. His maternal grandparents liked to move around:

Born in Kansas, Obama’s maternal grandparents lived in four states before settling in Hawaii.

4. Obama’s great-uncle liberated a Nazi concentration camp:

Charles T. Payne, served in the U.S. Army 89th Division and helped liberate Buchenwald concentration camp.

5.  Obama has highly educated family members

Father Barack Hussein Obama got a Master degree in economics from Harvard University, Mother Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro got a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawai, Half-sister Auma Obama got her PhD from the University of Heidelberg.

6.   Obama’s Grandmother was a bank president

Barack Obama’s maternal grandmother was a bank vice president in Hawaii.

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7.   His wife was assigned to be his mentor

In 1989 Michelle Obama was asked to mentor a summer associate from Harvard name Barack Obama. Michelle Robinson initially brushed off advances from Barack because he was an intern, and she was higher up the law firm’s hierarchy as an associate.

8.  Obama has won two major media awards

Obama has won two Grammy Awards. First for Best Spoken Word Album in 2005 for the audio book edition of “Dreams From My Father” (2004), and again in 2007 for the audio book edition of The “Audacity of Hope” (2006).

9.  Gandhi is Obama’s hero

His heroes are Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Pablo Picasso and John Coltrane.

10. Who would Obama choose to play Obama in a movie?

Obama has said that he would like Will Smith to play Obama in a movie.

11. Obama is the Fourth US president to get the Nobel Peace Prize

    • Theodore Roosevelt won it in 1905 for helping to end the Russo-Japanese War.
    • Woodrow Wilson won it in 1919 for helping with the League of Nations.
    • Jimmy Carter won it in 2002 (out of office) for humanitarian efforts.
    • Barack Obama won it in 2009 for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.

12. Obama has struggled with chain smoking yet passed the strongest anti-smoking bills in US history

Though struggling since his teens with not being able to quit chain smoking, he passed the strongest anti-smoking bill in US history, persistently refused by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

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  1. Leo Reyes

    On November 7, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Very interesting and well researched article.

  2. nobert soloria bermosa

    On November 7, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    very interesting little known facts about the newly elected prez of the US,Will Smith is the best picked,i like the guy a lot,he’s really a good actor

  3. Shergill

    On November 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Good and useful things to know about the President Elect Obama Barak.

  4. valli

    On November 7, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Very interesting.

  5. Ruby Hawk

    On November 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Obama a good all around man and from a good family. It gets better and better. Take care, Ruby

  6. Janice

    On November 9, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Very interesting and well researched article. As an American I’m happy to note the enthusiam this has generated all over the world. This gives a golden opportunity for USA to redeem its reputation spoiled by the Bush administration.

  7. Edward Noble

    On November 9, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I liked this collection of strange facts. Good. Obama brings much promise.

  8. CobraCar

    On November 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    nice article Rana. I had never heard a lot of this.

  9. Ami Nichol

    On November 16, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Those are great facts about Barack Obama! Thanks! Now I can us them for my homework!

  10. Jill Frenzy

    On November 24, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I think that Obama is amazing!
    I think it is absolutely ridiculous to say rude things and rumors about him.
    I do not like that some people are causing problems.
    At my daughters school people were saying bad things about him, but I believe he will give america just what we need.

  11. Peter Cimino

    On December 17, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Wow…very interesting and well done.

  12. Bren Parks

    On January 9, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Great read! Lots of information I didn’t know.

  13. katien

    On January 20, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Good article. Interesting facts.

  14. kaykay

    On January 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    nice facts!(helpful on my homework!)

  15. 27 and still drinking cool aid

    On February 2, 2009 at 3:59 am

    barrack obama is going to be a great president his views and ideas are essential to the united states and the world long live barrack hussein obama.

  16. Rob

    On February 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Barack Obama is also a ‘pack a’day smoker’, a socialist. From the time he was inaugurated, he has past a bill that is worth twice as much as the Vietnam, Dessert Storm, and all the current combatant activities in theatre in one single month. I bet you couldn’t name ten organizations or studies your tax dollars are to be spent?

    He is currently the most radical democrat to enter office, making Jimmy Carter look like an extremist conservative.

    Obama, first chose a muslim, anti-American TV network to air his most recent press conference. He also plans to annually tax your retirement packages before you retire.

    He admitted Feb. 12, ‘09, that he did not even read the stimulus bill he signed- Though the Senate cut 200 billion in expenses and limitations therein.

    Barack Obama wants to nationalize banks, agriculture, economy in general, and change the U.S. Constitution- taking away yours’ and my first ammendment rights, or the right to bare arms. He wants to take your private healthcare benefits and assign you to the cheapest doctors, with the least doctoral practices.

    My President does not give a damn about me… Or you… He wants power, thus the former facts herein. Oh yeah… It gets better…

  17. Joven bastida

    On March 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    sweet gunna help me on my speech

  18. Brian Green

    On April 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Will Smith – not a bad call Mr. President.
    I think Denzel would be a better bet though, if they can make him look just a bit younger.

  19. j-lo

    On June 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    intresting but not enough facts everybody knows this cum on think harder investigate please but it helped a bit just change a bit add more facts

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    On June 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm

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  21. Howard Meek

    On November 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    To Rob and Kane:
    I’ve seldom heard such nonsense. Never any specifics; just
    your OPINIONS. Which are wild and undocumented.
    E.g.Where is your proof that he plans to take away your gun
    You have sold out to the propaganda of the wealthy in this
    country which run everything. That is the epitome ignorance
    Howard Meek, Nashville.

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