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.