There are so many things that it was hard to keep track of all of them! Who better to help with this than President Barack Obama himself? A quick look at the 10 most interesting facts about President Barack Obama, and how he’s lived his life.
1. Barack Obama was born on November 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was a black Kenyan who worked as a foreign service officer for the United States government.
2. Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was a white American who graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in economics. She met Obama Sr. while she was studying at the University of Hawaii and they married in 1965.
3. After graduating from college, Dunham worked as an analyst for the Chicago branch of Prudential Insurance Company. In 1981, she married then-professor Barry Soetoro, who later became President Barack Obama.
4. Obama spent most of his early childhood living in Indonesia while his mother worked on her book about Indonesian culture and politics. He returned to Hawaii to attend school from 1977 to 1981 and then went back to Indonesia for two years to study language and culture before returning to America to attend law school at Harvard University.
5. Obama began his political career as a community organizer in Chicago before being elected to the Illinois state senate in 1996. He was subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. In January of 2013, he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.
6. Obama was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side until he decided to run for president in 2007. Trinity has had a strained relationship with Obama since then and in 2011, tried to remove him as a member of their church by petitioning the United Church of Christ to excommunicate him.
7. Obama’s parents were essentially raised by his grandparents after his mother left Koko , a Luo tribe in Kenya, to marry his American father. Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, died of ovarian cancer when Barack was ten years old. His father, Barack Obama Sr., then married Lolo Soetoro, who became his step-mother and raised him as her own son until he left to attend Occidental College in Los Angeles at the age of 19. Obama’s half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng was born after he went to college. She is the product of his stepmother’s relationship with a man who was not her husband.
8. Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles where he met Pakistani-born Muslim communist professor, Frank Marshall Davis
9. Obama distinguished himself as an anti-war protester during his time at Occidental College where he became politically active and joined the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS),
10. The Muslim socialist professor, whose daughter is married to one of Obama’s half-brothers, once asserted that white people are better off in a white-dominated society.
11. The political mentor of Obama, Frank Marshall Davis established himself as a communist and atheist socialist by repeatedly writing about the evils of capitalism and Christianity
12. Aborted White House Communications Director Anita Dunn who was an ardent supporter of Obama, is a lesbian married to another SDS member.
1. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961.
2. He attended Columbia University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983.
3. Obama then attended Harvard Law School and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1988.
4. Obama worked as a civil rights attorney before being elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996.
5. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and served there until he was sworn in as President of the United States in 2009.
6. In his presidential term, Obama signed legislation that created the Affordable Care Act and increased funding for education and infrastructure projects nationwide.
7. Obama is also the first African American to be elected to the presidency and the first president to be born outside of the United States.
President Barack Obama’s First Term
1. President Barack Obama’s first term in office was full of excitement and change. He started off by signing the Affordable Care Act into law, which aimed to improve health care for Americans.
2. Obama also made some important decisions regarding Wall Street reform, which helped to prevent another financial crisis from happening.
3. His efforts to bring about change abroad were also successful. Obama negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran and helped to put an end to the Libyan Civil War.
4. Obama’s time in office was also marked by tragedy, as he lost close friends, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, in the 2012 Benghazi attack. However, Obama used this tragedy to become even more determined to do what was right for America.
In his first term as president, Barack Obama showed that he had the leadership skills and determination needed to lead the United States through some difficult times. His efforts demonstrated that he was ready to take on the challenges of his presidency and make a difference for American citizens.
President Barack Obama’s Second Term
President Barack Obama’s second term was marked by many important accomplishments. Here are the most fascinating facts about him:
1. President Obama was re-elected to a second term in 2012 with 55% of the vote.
2. President Obama became the first president to be re-elected to a second term with over 50% of the vote in both houses of Congress.
3. President Obama is the only president in US history to be re-elected with more than 50% of the popular vote and more than 600 electoral votes.
4. President Obama is also the only president in US history to be re-elected despite having an unemployment rate above 7%.
5. In his second term, President Obama achieved many landmark achievements, including signing 14 major pieces of legislation, lifting the US economy out of its deepest recession since World War II, and restoring America’s leadership on the world stage.
The End of the Presidency of Barack Obama
President Barack Obama’s time in office is coming to an end. Here are some of the most fascinating facts about him.
1. President Obama is the first president to be elected to two terms in office.
2. President Obama is the first president to be born in Africa and the first African American to be elected to the presidency.
3. President Obama is the first president to have a Facebook page with over 1 million followers.
4. President Obama is the first president to have a Twitter account with over 500,000 followers.
5. President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his efforts to reduce global tensions and strengthen international diplomacy.