Scramblin' thru... the U.S. Presidents
"No Drama Obama"
Career BEFORE Presidency:
community organizer, Civil Rights lawyer, professor at Univ. of Chicago, Illinois State Senator, U.S. Senator
Career AFTER Presidency:
Election of 2008
Election of 2012
A Presidency in Review
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th U.S. President, becoming the first African-American to hold that office. His first four years in office were defined by a less-than-fruitful struggle for the unity he aspired to achieve as a candidate. While Obama ran as a candidate who could heal divisions, he overestimated his ability to achieve cooperation from Republicans. Despite this, Obama ended the Iraq War (2003-2011), ordered the raid that killed the 9/11 terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, and worked to end the Great Recession (2008-2013). His reform of America's Health Care system (a.k.a. "Obamacare") and the rise of an Islamic extremist rebel group called ISIS in Iraq and Syria became the two biggest challenges during his second term in office. His legacy remains debated by historians. Source: The History Channel
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Barack Obama Fun Facts
Obama became the first African-American President when he won the Election of 2008.
Obama was the first President born outside of the contiguous United States. He was born in Hawaii... but don't ask Donald Trump.
Obama is the sixth left-handed President. Presidents Hoover, Truman, Ford, George H. W. Bush, and Clinton are the other "south paws". Of course, the handedness of Presidents is difficult to establish with any certainty before recent decades. During the 18th and 19th Centuries, left-handedness was considered a disability... and teachers would make efforts to suppress it in their students. For this reason, there are few concrete references to determine the handedness of Presidents prior to the early 20th Century. The first President to be described as left-handed was Herbert Hoover, though this has been disputed. Before this, there is no evidence of any left-handed president, though it was said President James Garfield could simultaneously write Latin with his right hand and Greek with his left.
Obama became the fourth President to win the Nobel Peace Prize when he took home the award in 2009. Other winners: Teddy Roosevelt (1906), Woodrow Wilson (1919), and Jimmy Carter (2002).
Obama applied to appear in a pin-up calendar while in college... but was rejected.
Obama worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice cream.
Obama's favorite book is Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
Obama was known as "O'Bomber" in high school for his skill at basketball.
Obama was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service handlers.
Obama collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books.
Obama indulged in marijuana, alcohol, and sometimes cocaine as a high school student in Hawaii, according to his autobiography.
Obama himself claims to speak no foreign languages. However, according to the President of Indonesia, during a telephone conversation, Obama was able to deliver a basic four-word question in "fluent Indonesian", as well as mention the names for a few Indonesian food items. He also knows some Spanish, but admits to only knowing "15 words" and having a poor knowledge of the language. It has also been reported that he understands some ASL.