9 Fun Facts For Kids About U.S. President Barack Obama

Barack Obama as you all know is the first African American president of the United States of America. On November 6, 2012 he was elected for a second term as president when he defeated Republican Matt Romney. Here are 10 fun facts on Barack Obama for kids to know about his achievements, choices etc. and other trivia.

#1   He is the first American president to have been born in Hawaii. Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

#2   Barack Obama is a bi-racial. His father Barack Obama, Sr. was from Kenya while his mother Ann Dunham was of mostly English ancestry. “My father was black as pitch, my mother white as milk” – Barack Obama.

Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham
Obama’s parents Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham

#3   Besides English Obama speaks some basic Indonesian which he learned during his childhood years at Jakarta. During that time he also ate dog meat, snake meat and roasted grasshopper.

Barack Obama playing basketball
Barack Obama was called ‘O’Bomber’ due to his basketball skills.

#4   Barack Obama used to take marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years. He now considers it a mistake and says that he is not proud of it. He was known as ‘O’Bomber’ at high school because of his skills at basketball. As a teenager, Obama worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop and now he can’t stand ice creams.

#5   Barack Obama is a graduate of Harvard Law School. In his second year he was elected as the president of the journal, Harvard Law Review. His election gained much media attention as he was the first black president of the journal.

#6    For 12 years from 1992 to 2004, Barack Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. He won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Spoken Word Recording. It was for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams from My Father.

Barack Obama with Grammy award
Barack Obama with Grammy award

#6   In December 2008, TIME magazine named Barack Obama as the person of the year. In December 2009, Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people”. He is the fourth U.S. president to receive the award.

Barack Obama with the Nobel Prize medal and diploma
Barack Obama with the Nobel Prize medal and diploma

#7    In May 2012 Obama became the first U.S. President to publicly support legalizing same sex marriage.

#8    He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Mohammed Ali. He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck.

Obama on 2008 TIME Cover
Obama was Time Person of the Year in 2008

#9    His favorite music artists are Miles Davies, Bob Dylan and Bach and The Fugees. His favorite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. His favorite novel is Moby-Dick and his favorite artist is Pablo Picasso.

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