Contrary to what some people might believe, President Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Harvard Law Graduate is a father, husband, and the first African-American Commander-in-chief. Join us as we celebrate his first birthday in office and find out some tidbits about Mr. Obama that you may not have known.
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The President was often called “Bar” by his grandmother or “Barry” by his peers until college where he requested folks start referring to him as Barack. It was a way to assert his identity.
Did you know Barack means “one who is blessed” in Swahili?
Before taking office, President Obama earned a Grammy Award for the audio version of his first book, “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” His second book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts of Reclaiming the Dream,” was also a success, becoming a New York Times best-seller.
President Obama is a leader off and on the court. Nicknamed “O’Bomber” in high school for his fly-guy basketball skills, the President is able to swiftly handle the ball with his left hand. Earlier this year, the NBA fanatic even had a basketball court built in the White House.
Kanye West, Ludacris, and Jay-Z are just a few artists the President has admitted to downloading onto his iPod. “The way that (hip-hop) can communicate a very complex message in a very short space is remarkable," said the President in an interview with BET’s Jeff Johnson. He also admitted that he is still an “old head” who listens to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Besides making sure her hubby looks right, Mrs. Obama knows the key to her man’s heart. President Obama says his wife’s Shrimp Linguine is his favorite meal.
Besides his eloquence and intelligence, Mr. Obama isn’t exactly hard on the eyes. However, his looks weren’t always necessarily his strongest point. When he applied to appear in a Black pin-up calendar while at Harvard, the all-female committee decided against his submission. He’s probably pretty happy about that today.
The President once said he had award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee to thank for the first time he was able to place his hand on the knee of his future wife, Michelle Obama. Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” was the movie the two lovebirds saw on their very first date.
This past Father’s day, President Obama stated in an open letter that if he could be anything, he would be a better father. As dad to Malia, 10, and Sasha, 8, the President credits his girls for the reason behind his run for office.
Born on August 4, Leos are known for being warmhearted, broad-minded, faithful, and love being in the center of attention. Not a surprise to those who have followed the President from day one. Congratulations on your first birthday in office!
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By Shavon Greene