20 Entertaining Facts about President Obama

Did you know Pres. Obama enjoys basketball and poker? Check out the other facts "Extra" found out about our 44th president!

20 Entertaining Facts about President Obama

1. Ancestry

Pres. Obama is primarily of Kenyan, Irish and English ancestry.

2. One of Eight

Pres. Obama is the eighth left-handed U.S. President. The others are: Garfield, Hoover, Truman, Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.

3. TV Fave

Pres. Obama is a fan of the TV show “The Wire.”

4. Very First

Pres. Obama is the first U.S. President born in Hawaii.

5. Sibling

President Obama has a half sister, Maya, born to his mother and stepfather in 1970.

6. BIG Fan

Pres. Obama is a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan!

7. Influential Man

In 2005 and 2007, President Obama was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

8. Hobbies

Pres. Obama enjoys playing basketball and poker.

9. Kicked It in the Butt

Pres. Obama quit smoking before his campaign for the Democratic nomination — at Michelle’s suggestion.

10. Nicknames

During President Obama’s childhood in Hawaii, his classmates knew him as Barry. Now, he goes by the nicknames Bama and Rock.

11. College Years

Pres. Obama attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

12. Making a Mark

Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review.

13. Grammy Winner

In 2006, Pres. Obama won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Recording. The award was for the audio version of his autobiography “Dreams from My Father.”

14. Date Night

The President and First Lady went to see “Do the Right Thing” on their first date.

15. In the Past

President Obama admitted in his memoir that as a teen, he experimented with drugs. He said he is not proud of it and considers it a mistake of youth.

16. Bedtime Story

Every night President Obama is at home, he reads the “Harry Potter” books to his oldest daughter Malia.

17. Religious Beliefs

Pres. Obama is a Christian, but his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was an atheist, and his mother, Ann Dunham, was agnostic.

18. Barack

President Obama’s first name comes from the word that means “blessed by God” in Arabic.

19. Legal Eagle

Pres. Obama was the 27th lawyer to be elected president.

20. Acting Relative

President Obama is related to actress Park Overall.

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