Lies, Cocaine and Weed: 33 Facts You Never Knew About Barrack Obama

Barrack Obama made history years ago by becoming the first black man to become president of the United States of America. As the 44th president, Barrack Obama became a symbol of hope and a brighter future for the black community, immigrants, and everyone hoping for a better tomorrow in America – and indeed, the world.

Married to the ever glamorous and beautiful Michelle Obama with whom he has two daughters, President Obama has become more than just a role model for everyone who believes in “the American dream.” However, the facts of Barrack Obama below will shock, awe, inspire, make you go “OMG” and have you cringing all at the same time.

• His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

• He was known as “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball

• His name means “one who is blessed” in Swahili

• He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia

• His favourite meal is his wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini

• He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father

• He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed

• He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali

• He is an avid collector of SpiderMan and Conan the Barbarian comics

• He can speak Spanish

• He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president – well, he didn’t

• He can bench press 200lbs – which is extremely impressive as Olympic athletes usually bench from 300lbs.

• His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

• He has read every Harry Potter book and loves Game of Thrones

• He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister’s fiancé, but left when a stripper arrived

• He and Michelle made $4.2 million (£2.7 million) in 2016, with much coming from sales of his books

• His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

• He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck

• He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.

• His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees

• He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date

• He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker

• He doesn’t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol

• He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician

• As a teenager, he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine

• His daughters’ ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)

• He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside

• He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal

• He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (£13)

• His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire

• He was given the code name “Renegade” by his Secret Service handlers

• His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso

• He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life

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