Barack Obama's 22 Bombshell Secrets That Will Shock You
1. Half Brother Tells All
In his memoir Dreams From My Father, Obama thinks highly of his dad, which is a direct contradiction from his half-brother, Mark Obama's accounts of their father in his memoir.
2. Awkward Encounters
It had never been seen before in the United States history for a former president to openly express his frustration about his successor. When the two met, it was indeed an awkward situation.
3. Date Night
Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson went to see the film Do the Right Thing on their first date. The funny thing is that their first date inspired the romantic film Southside with You.
4. The New Residence
Unlike most other former presidents, the Obama family remained in Washington D.C. after leaving the White House. The reason for the unusual decision was that they didn't want to unsettle Sasha, who was still in high school then. Their new 8,200-square-foot house was as palatial as the white house.
5. Another Job
If fate hadn't let him enter politics, Obama would have become an architect.
6. Obama's Secret Tango
Obama danced the tango with a lithe dancer in a shimmery gold dress during the state dinner hosted by Argentina's president on March 23, 2016.
7. A Not So Fun Stag Party
In 1996, Obama attended his half-sister's fiance's bachelor party but left as soon as the stripper arrived. It looks like he missed out on some fun.
8. Good Luck Charms
Obama has openly admitted to being overly superstitious. He carries with him two lucky charms - a Madonna and child statue and a bracelet that belonged to a soldier who was stationed in Iraq.
9. Broken Family
When he was only 2 years old, his parents got divorced. He spent the majority of his childhood with his mother and stepfather and later, with his maternal grandparents in Hawaii.
10. The Kindergarten Obama
Since kindergarten, Obama had shown an aptitude for study and was considered an eloquent student throughout his academic life.
11. Not A Supermodel
While in college, Obama applied to be a model on a black pin-up calendar, but the all-female committee rejected him. They must have regretted that decision.
12. No Coffee
Surprisingly, Obama doesn't drink coffee. How on earth did he get through a day at the White House without a caffeine fix during his tenure?
13. Hey Big Spender
It is widely reported that Obama spends a lot of money during shopping sprees. Michelle is a lucky girl - she has a man that likes to go shopping.
14. Student Loan Troubles
Just like everyone else, the former President had a large student loan before entering office. He only paid it off in 2004 after signing his book deal.
15. Kenyans Are Fond Of Barack Obama.
In Kenya, an affordable and highly popular beer was named after Obama.
16. Favorite Music
Like most of us, Obama often listens to music. His favorite artists include Beyonce, Jay-Z, the Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder.
17. Obsessed With Comics
In an interview in 2008, Obama admitted that he loves collecting comics. He is a big fan of Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian.
18. An Expensive Education
Malia and Sasha attended the Sidwell Friends School, which cost about $70,000 a year each!
19. Equal Pay Inconsistency
Even though the Obama administration was in persistent pursuit of equal pay for women, female employees at the White House got paid less than their male counterparts.
20. Fit Family
The Obamas are known for their love of exercise. Obama himself can bench press 200 lbs.
21. Indonesian Adventures
Obama lived in Indonesia from the age of 6 to 10. It is believed that he enjoyed to feast on some of the local delicacies like snake meat and grasshopper.
22. Sasha's Illness
As a baby, Sasha caught meningitis and the Obamas were fearful that she would have lasting nerve damage. Thankfully, Sasha recovered. It was thought that this experience was the initial motivation behind Obamacare.