Obama – the most talked about character in the recent years and an iconic character who made headlines. While the opinions about him would vary, we cannot ignore the fact that he is indeed a historical figure, having become the first African-American president of the USA. Details of his life are fairly known and yet, there are also many things that you couldn’t possibly have known about this former president. Like all of us, even the president of the United States of America is allowed to have certain quirks.

  1. Due to his skill at basketball, Obama was known as “O’Bomber” at high school.
  2. He is a Harry Potter fan and he has read every Harry Potter book ever published.
  3. He loves his wife’s shrimp linguini. In fact, that is his favorite meal.
  4. He is left-handed and is the sixth post-war president to be left-handed.
  5. Barack Obama means “one who is blessed” in the Swahili language
  6. He doesn’t drink coffee. Not a big fan of alcohol either
  7. His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso
  8. On his desk is a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg. This is a Kenyan symbol representing the fragility of life.
  9. “Bar” is the nickname given to him by his late grandmother.
  10. When he was in Indonesia, he has been known to eat dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper
  11. He has an impressive benchpress capability of 200lbs.
  12. He likes films too, favorites being “Casablanca” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
  13. He is a bi-racial with an American mother and a Kenyan father. His parents met in 1960 in a Russian class at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where his father was a foreign exchange student. They divorced when Barack was only 2 years old.
  14. Obama is a distant relation of Vice President Dick Cheney. He is thus eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution with one of his maternal great-great-great grandfathers being a decorated Union soldier.
  15. He was fond of collecting Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics when growing up.
  16. as a teenager, Barack Obama worked at a Baskin Robbins. As a result, he is not too fond of ice cream now.
  17. Growing up, Obama was addressed as Barry. But when he entered university, he asked to be addressed by his full name.
  18. Obama is fluent in both Indonesian and Spanish
  19. Before becoming president, Obama was a civil rights lawyer and a teacher after which he was elected to the to the Illinois State Senate in 1996.
  20. He is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas Gandhi, Pablo Picasso, and John Coltrane
  21. In Kenya, Obama’s birth country, a beer has been dedicated to Obama named “Senator Keg”. This is a highly popular and affordable beer in Kenya.
  22. The Godmother of his eldest daughter Malia is Jesse Jackson’s daughter Santita
  23. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And Obama loves snacking on apples
  24. Obama is the first US President to tweet. is account @BarackObama currently has over 41 million followers.
  25. If politics wouldn’t have worked out, Obama would have become an architect.
  26. Barack Obama is the proud owner of a pair of boxing gloves that was owned by Muhammad Ali.
  27. Obama was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2008. This was followed by the Nobel Peace Prize.