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His first name comes from the word that means "blessed by God" in Arabic.

In the Kenyan town where his father was born, the long-brewed "Senator" brand of beer has been nicknamed "Obama."

U.S. Senator from Illinois from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008.

Won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word for the CD version of his autobiography "Dreams From My Father" (2006).

Lived in Hyde Park in Chicago.

On Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993), he revealed that President George W. Bush nicknamed him "Bama" and "Rock".

The movie he saw on his first date with Michelle Obama was Do the Right Thing (1989).

He is a sixth cousin once removed to Park Overall.

Has two daughters, Malia Obama (born in 1998) and Sasha Obama (born in 2001).

Candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 US presidential election.

Several celebrities including; Halle Berry, George Clooney, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Topher Grace, Macy Gray, Bruce Springsteen, Oprah Winfrey Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Eddie Murphy and John Cleese support his 2008 presidential campaign. Robert De Niro gave his endorsement at the same rally where Barack was endorsed by Caroline and Ted Kennedy.

At his wife's suggestion, he quit smoking before his campaign to win the Democratic nomination began.

His paternal relatives still live in Kenya.

Confessed teenage drug experiences in his memoirs "Dreams from My Father".

One of his ancestors was Mareen Duvall, also an ancestor of actor Robert Duvall.

Shares his surname with a small city in western Japan, which means "small shore" in Japanese.

Born to Barack Obama Sr. (1936-1982) and Ann Dunham (1942-1995) married from 1961 to 1965.

Named one of Time magazine's "100 most influential people in the world" list in 2005 and 2007.

Chosen as one of "10 people would change the world" by New Statesman magazine (2005).

Won his second Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for "The Audacity of Hope" (2008).

On June 3, 2008 he won the Montana primary election giving him enough delegates to become the first Black American presidential candidate to win a major political party's presumptive nomination for the office of President of the United States.

More than 215,000 people attended his speech in Berlin on 24 July 2008.

Has a half-sister, Maya, born to his mother and stepfather in 1970.

Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).

Maternal grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, died in 1992. Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Lee (Payne) Dunham, died Sunday November 2, 2008 in the early evening in Honolulu from cancer, two days before he was elected to the presidency. She was 86.

Is the first African-American man to be elected President of the United States (November 2008).

When elected President, he won the battleground states of North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Colorado - all of which had voted Republican in 2004.

Is the first American president to be born in Hawaii.

Was the 27th lawyer to be elected American president.

Was elected to be the 44th president of the Unites States of America on 4 November, 2008.

As a child growing up in Hawaii, his classmates knew him as Barry.

Presidential campaign slogan: "Change we can believe in".

His father was Kenyan, from Alego, and of the Luo tribe. His mother, who was from Wichita, Kansas, was white, and was of English, with small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, and possibly remote African, ancestry. Genealogists believe she may have been descended from John Punch, an African-American slave who lived in the 1600s.

Favorite movies are Casablanca (1942), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Godfather (1972), and The Godfather: Part II (1974).

Is a fan of The Wire (2002).

First ever US President to address a Muslim community at an inaugural speech.

Shares the same birthday as long-time White House correspondent and journalism legend, Helen Thomas. On her 89th birthday (and his 48th), they celebrated by blowing birthday cupcakes together in front of the press corps.

First United States Senator to be elected President since John F. Kennedy.

October 2009, won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Fourth US President to win a Nobel Peace Prize (2009) after Theodore Roosevelt (1906), Woodrow Wilson (1919) and Jimmy Carter (2002).

Defended his decision not to issue a formal written statement on the death of controversial pop star Michael Jackson on 25 June 2009.

Half-brother of Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Brother-in-law of Konrad Ng.

Merited a position in Time magazine's - The 100 Most Influential People in the World ("Leaders" category) - with an homage contributed by David Remnick (Issue: May 10, 2010).

Received a gift of a Portuguese water dog from Senator Ted Kennedy and his wife Victoria. Because the particular breed is reportedly hypo-allergenic, the First Family and friends were highly unlikely to suffer any allergic reactions in the pet's presence. [2009]

Obama's appearance on The View (1997) (29 July 2010) made him the first ever sitting US President to appear as a guest on a daytime TV talk show.

Obama's birthplace of Hawaii makes him the first U.S. president not born in the 48 contiguous United States.

Brother-in-law of basketball player, coach and author Craig Robinson.

Son of Barack Obama Sr..

The character of Matt Santos in 'The West Wing' is based on him.

The first US President to be born after the Vietnam War started.

Is a big fan of the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man and collected the comics as a youth.

Counts Homeland (2011) as one of his favorite TV shows.

First U.S. President to be personally presented with an Apple iPad 2 by Steve Jobs before it was officially released domestically. Obama is frequently seen using Apple devices.

Notable for being the first United States President to participate in social media. He is the first President to have a personal Facebook page and a Twitter account, and the first President to hold Q&A sessions via those forums and YouTube. He is also the first sitting President to own and use an iPod, Blackberry (custom made for security purposes), and iPad.

His daily newspapers are The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He claims to not watch cable TV news stations.

Introduced the 50th anniversary television broadcast of To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

Can speak Indonesian to a certain degree, having lived in Indonesia for a number of years during his childhood.

The TV presidential election campaign commercial for Obama featured, Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, Larry Gelbart, Valerie Harper, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara (slogan: "This Ain't Funny, it's a serious election. Don't vote out of fear, vote for hope - Vote for Obama").

Was a classmate of Hill Harper's at Harvard Law School.

First United States President to be elected twice with over 50% of the popular vote since Ronald Reagan and the first Democratic President elected as such since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

First two-term President to take the Oath of Office four times. The first time, during his televised first inauguration, Chief Justice John Roberts made a mistake while reading the Oath of Office, which Obama repeated to avoid embarrassment. A few days later, he called Roberts into his office to do it again, and this time read it correctly. By law, the President is sworn in at noon on January 20. In 2013, the month and date fell on a Sunday, but to comply with the Blue Law (no work on Sunday), he was sworn in privately in the Oval Office, and then again publicly the next day. The two before him that were sworn in on Monday, January 21st, were Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 and Ronald Reagan in 1985.

One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World (2013).

First US President since Jimmy Carter in 1979 to speak directly on the phone with a leader of Iran - Hassan Rouhani. [September 2013]

Elected the 44th President of the United States of America [November 2008]

Favorite films are The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).

In the 2008 presidential election, he won the state of North Carolina with a 0.32% margin of victory. Normally considered a solid Republican state, the margin was small enough that it took days after the election to call the state, although this had little regard on calling the election, as nationally it was a landslide victory and winning or losing North Carolina would have made no difference. The last time prior to this that North Carolina elected a democrat was in 1976 when they elected Jimmy Carter.

One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014].

He is related to Jimmy Carter in multiple ways. Through Adrian Gordy they are seventh cousins three times removed. Through William Terrell and Susannah Waters they are eighth cousins twice removed.

British author Anthony Horowitz wrote of a Black Prime Minister in 2009 not long before Obama was elected President.

First sitting US President to visit a federal prison when he toured El Reno Correctional Institution in Oklahoma (July 16, 2015).

Became the first sitting US President to enter the Arctic Circle when he visited Kotzebue, Alaska, to address the adverse effects of global warming in that particular region (September 3, 2015).

When a USAF AC-130 gunship attacked the Kunduz Trauma Centre in Afghanistan 3 October 2015, President Barack Obama became the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to bomb another, namely, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

The President's favorite book of 2015 was "Fates and Furies" by award-winning author Lauren Groff.

First sitting US President since Calvin Coolidge to visit Cuba in 88 years. In 1928 President Coolidge arrived in Cuba on a battleship after a 3-day cruise, whereas President Obama touched down in Havana aboard Air Force One after a 3-hour flight (20 March 2016).

How Much A Dollar Cost by Kendrick Lamar was his favorite song of 2015.

The first sitting president to visit Sweden's capital Stockholm in 2013. His predecessor George W. Bush visited second city Gothenburg.

Officially endorses Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Presidential race. (June 2016).

Was offered a book publishing deal before graduating from Harvard University.

Was the first African-American to be elected President of the Harvard Law Review.

Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Normalized full diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015.

First sitting US President to visit Myanmar (November 2012).

3rd sitting US President to visit Vietnam (May 2016).

First sitting US President to visit Laos. (5 September 2016).

Is the Second US President to visit Greece (November 15 2016).

Met with his successor Donald Trump after the latter won the White House (November 10 2016).

By the end of his second term, he granted clemency to over 1,000 non-violent drug offenders, which was more than the past 11 presidents combined.

Vowed retaliation against Russia for the cyber attacks.[December 2016].

Awarded 21 recipients The Presidential Medal of Freedom.[November 2016].

Met with CIA director John Brennan, FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., to discuss the cyber attacks made by Russia.[December 2016].

During his 2009 inauguration, he had an approval rating of seventy nine percent, the highest for any modern day incoming president.

Taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Had a 70 percent approval rating at the 100 day mark into his first term as President.

It was the second time he appeared in a video message to support Macron.

Formally endorsed Emmanuel Macron to be France's next president.[May 2017].

Reportedly proposed to Sheila Miyoshi Jager twice before he was turned down.

Sign one book deal as two separate memoirs with Michelle reportedly worth $60 million.[May 2017].

As part of the deal, the publishers will donate one million books in the Obama family's name to First Book: a nonprofit organization.

As a child, he had an ape for a pet.

Does not like ice cream.

Worked at a gift shop as a teenager.

Worked at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager.

Can bench press over 200 pounds.

Gets his haircut from the same barber every week.

Tried modeling when he studying at Harvard by submitting his photographs to be considered one of "Harvard's hunks" in their university calendar but was rejected.

Worked at a deli as a teenager.

Has read every Harry Portter book.

First President to use Twitter.

Nicknamed "Renegade" by the Secret Service.

Third-youngest person to be elected President of the United States, at the age of forty-seven, and the fourth-youngest President overall.

His youngest half-brother is George Obama.

Portrayed by Peter Francis James in the Broadway play "Hillary and Clinton" at the John Golden Theatre in New York (March 2019).