A tribute to President Obama

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15 things you probably didn’t know about Barack Obama

  1. His high school nickname was O’Bomber because of his basketball skills.
  2. His father died in a car crash in 1982 and his mother died of ovarian cancer in 1995.
  3. While on the campaign trail, he refuses to watch CNN like his competitors and instead watches sports.
  4. When he was in high school, Obama was a member of the Choom Gang, a group who got together to drink and smoke marijuana. (according to The Week).
  5. Obama won two Grammy Awards (2006 and 2008) for two word albums, “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams from My Father.”
  6. Obama doesn’t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol.
  7. He is the first president to have a Twitter, which currently has over 77 million followers.
  8. He was a smoker until 2010.
  9. He was the first U.S. president to endorse same-sex marriage.
  10. “Barack” is an African name meaning “one who is blessed.”
  11. For four years (1967-1971), he lived in Indonesia and had a pet ape named Tata.
  12. As a state senator in Illinois, he sponsored a bill in 1996 that required police to videotape interrogations in capital crime cases. This bill was the first of its kind in the U.S.
  13. He was named Time magazine’s “person of the year” two times: in 2008 and 2012.
  14. His favorite drink is Black Forest Berry iced tea and his favorite meal is his wife’s shrimp linguini.
  15. If he were not in politics, he would have wanted to become an architect.