The 44th President of the United States is about as unknown to the average American as he can be; because he is not a life-long Washington politician.
Most of his life has been spent as a private citizen and an educator. Next week, he travels to France to meet with President Nicolas Sarkozy and it turns out that they have something in common. Neither of them had their father live with them.
President Obama, although extraordinarily bright that he is, will need to use an interpreter to converse with Sarkozy as our current president received a D in 8th grade French!
Here are some other interesting facts about our new African-American President:
1. Obama’s ancestors owned slaves:
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
2. His maternal grandparents liked to move around:
Born in Kansas, Obama’s maternal grandparents lived in four states before settling in Hawaii.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. China Business Consultant among family members
Mark Ndesandjo, Barack Obama’s half-brother, son of Ruth Nidesand and Barack Obama Sr. runs an Internet company called WorldNexus that advises Chinese corporations how best to reach international customers.
6. Obama’s Grandmother was a bank president
Barack Obama’s maternal grandmother was a bank vice president in Hawaii.
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 himself in a movie.