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Barack Obama is 61: Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About the 44th President of the United States

Today, August 4, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, turns 61. Edition Facts collected the most interesting facts about the first black president of the United States, as well as his path to power.

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Obama doesn't like ice cream. He must have had too much of it when he worked at Baskin and Robbins as a teenager. Instead, Obama prefers to snack on protein bars with chocolate and peanuts, and his favorite candy is smoked salt caramel.

Obama never drinks coffee. In addition, he rarely drinks alcohol. But black forest berry iced tea holds a special place in his heart.

Chili cooking is the 44th president's favorite thing to do. Of the rare occasions when Barak gets the opportunity to cook something, he prefers this dish. The president's favorite food is linguini (one type of pasta is long and flat noodles 3 mm wide) with shrimp, cooked by his wife Michelle.

Obama's iconic haircut is updated weekly. Every week he gets a regular haircut by Zarif, his hairstylist at the barbershop in Hyde Park.

Obama used cocaine and marijuana in high school. He openly stated this in his speeches.

Barack promised Michelle that he would quit smoking for good when they moved to Washington. This was before his presidential run, but he couldn't stop smoking until 2010.

Young Obama once ventured into the modeling business. He was still a student at Harvard when he signed up to model for a calendar. However, he was refused.

Barak has read all the Harry Potter books with his daughter Malia. He collects Spider-Man comics and is a fan. When Marvel Comics found out about this, they released a comic with his participation. Spiderman is there saving the country and the president from an impostor.

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Obama wore the same shoes. Barack has 4 pairs of identical black shoes.

His father was in a tragic car accident in 1982. After his parents divorced, Obama only saw his father once in 1971.

When Obama lived in Indonesia, he had a pet monkey, Tata. During his stay in this country, he learned to eat quite interesting food.

Obama himself is biracial, he has multicultural big family.

Obama does not have absolutely siblings, but there are many half-siblings. From his first marriage, his father has four children, from the second - Barak, from the third - two more. One sister was born to him by his mother in her second marriage. In addition, his father's partners had children from other women. His male ancestors had several wives and many children. Maternal relatives were generally slave owners, writes Zagranitsa.

None of Barack Obama's parents lived to witness his inauguration. Obama Sr. died in a car accident in 1982, Ann Dunham died of cervical cancer in 1995.

Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson met in 1989.

After graduation from universities, the total debt of Barack and Michelle Obama amounted to $120. It took the couple 10 years to pay off their student loans in full.

The Obamas' first date was watching Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. They both graduated from Harvard and married in 1992.

Barack promised his daughters a puppy if he won the presidential election. True to his word, he bought a Portuguese dog and named him Bo.

Barak is the author of 4 books. He wrote Dreams From My Father (1995), The Audacity of Hope (2006), Of Thee, I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (2010) и Promised Land (2020).

Barack Obama has received 2 Grammy Awards, both for Best Album of the Year. He was awarded them for the voice acting of the first two books.

The 44th president was included by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world. He was on the list 4 times: in 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2014.

Barack Obama holds the record for the most popular tweets of 2017.

In his father's hometown in Kenya, a school was named after him.

Madeleine Dunham, Barack's grandmother, died the day before his victory. After a grueling battle with cancer, his grandmother passed away on November 3, 2008. It was just a day before he was elected the new President of the United States on November 4, 2008.

Barack Obama became the second president to be sworn in four times. The 44th president had to re-swear in the oath the day after he made a mistake in the wording of his oath during his first inauguration in 2009. He was only second to Franklin Roosevelt. Following Obama's re-election on November 6, 2012, he was inaugurated on January 20, 2013. It was the Sunday the Constitution requires a private ceremony to be held at the White House. However, the very next day he held a ceremony in the capital.

Barack Obama supports same-sex marriage. Although he only stated this during his second term as president, he was still the first to do so.

While in office, Obama made many first visits as a sitting president. In 2016, he was the first person to hug this post in front of him to visit Laos, Myanmar and Japan. Barak, among other things, made the first presidential visit to Cuba in 88 years. Another visit of the president for the first time was his trip to the Arctic Circle in 2015.

Barack Obama was responsible for ending the war in Iraq. He ordered an operation in which Osama bin Laden was captured and killed.

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Barack Obama was the first blogging president. He has a YouTube channel where he uploads his performances weekly. The channel has over 289 million views.

The 44th President turned the White House tennis court into a basketball court.

An alcoholic drink is named after Barack Obama. A Williamsburg brewery brewed Hop Obama in 2008, which sold out just 6 days after launch.

Barack, along with his wife, Michelle, signed a deal with Netflix. The couple created Higher Ground Productions, which produces scripted and unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and multi-million dollar feature films exclusively for the streaming service.

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