Wednesday, November 19, 2008

President-Elect Barack Obama 50 facts you might not know.

Ok, I maybe a little obsessive with the new President, but this happened in my life time.

Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know Fifty things you might not
know about Barack Obama

By Jon Swaine
o He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
o He was known as "O'Bomber" at high school for his skill at basketball
o His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili
o His favourite meal is wife Michelle's shrimp linguini
o He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From
My Father
o He is left-handed - the sixth post-war president to be left-handed
o He has read every Harry Potter book
o He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali
o He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't
stand ice cream
o His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars
o He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in
o He can speak Spanish
o While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports
channels on instead
o His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea
o He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president -
he didn't
o He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia
o He can bench press an impressive 200lbs
o He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by
his full name
o His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
o He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his
half-sister's fiancé, but left when a stripper arrived
o His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy
o He and Michelle made $4.2 million (£2.7 million) last year, with much
coming from sales of his books
o His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
o He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a
soldier in Iraq for good luck
o He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was
rejected by the all-female committee.
o His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees
o He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their
first date
o He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
o He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol
o He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician
o As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine
o His daughters' ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress
(Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)
o He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside
o He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal

o His house in Chicago has four fire places
o Daughter Malia's godmother is Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita
o He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry
o He uses an Apple Mac laptop
o He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler
o He wears $1,500 (£952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits
o He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes
o He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges
$21 (£13)
o His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire
o He was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service handlers
o He was nicknamed "Bar" by his late grandmother
o He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds
o His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso
o His speciality as a cook is chilli
o He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were "street urchins"
o He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan
symbol of the fragility of life
o His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

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