Fifty things you might not know about Obama

November 9th, 2008 - 4:55 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Nov.9 (ANI): Here, according to The Telegraph, are the fifty facts about US presidential elect Barack Obama that you might know of.
He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comicsHe was known as “O”Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketballHis name means “one who is blessed” in SwahiliHis favourite meal is wife Michelle’’s shrimp linguiniHe won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My FatherHe is left-handed the sixth post-war president to be left-handedHe has read every Harry Potter bookHe owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad AliHe worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can”t stand ice creamHis favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein barsHe ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in IndonesiaHe can speak SpanishWhile on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on insteadHis favourite drink is black forest berry iced teaHe promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president he didn”tHe kept a pet ape called Tata while in IndonesiaHe can bench press an impressive 200lbsHe was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full nameHis favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman MelvilleHe visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister’’s fiance, but left when a stripper arrivedHis desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert KennedyHe and Michelle made $4.2 million (PS2.7 million) last year, with much coming from sales of his booksHis favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’’s NestHe carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luckHe applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The FugeesHe took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first dateHe enjoys playing Scrabble and pokerHe doesn”t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcoholHe would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politicianAs a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaineHis daughters” ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backsideHe repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book dealHis house in Chicago has four fire placesDaughter Malia’’s godmother is Jesse Jackson’’s daughter SantitaHe says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerryHe uses an Apple Mac laptopHe drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300 SUVHe wears $1,500 (PS952) Hart Schaffner Marx suitsHe owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoesHe has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (PS13)His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The WireHe was given the code name “Renegade” by his Secret Service handlersHe was nicknamed “Bear” by his late grandmotherHe plans to install a basketball court in the White House groundsHis favourite artist is Pablo PicassoHis speciality as a cook is chilliHe has said many of his friends in Indonesia were “street urchins”He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of lifeHis late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government (ANI)

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