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Who is Barack Obama?

Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2016. Born Barack Hussein Obama II  in Honolulu on August 4, 1961 (current age 56), Hawaii.

His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham (1942-1995), was a white American from Wichita, Kansas.

His father, Barack Obama Sr.(1936-1982), who was black, was from Alego, Kenya. They were both young college students at the University of Hawaii and married from 1961 to 1965.

Barack Obama has one half-sister, Maya, born to his mother and stepfather in 1970.

Barack Obama
When his father left for Harvard, his mother and Barack stayed behind, and his father ultimately returned alone to Kenya, where he worked as a government economist.

Barack Obama Family Background Profile

Barack’s mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and moved to Jakarta when Barack was six.

He later recounted Indonesia as simultaneously lush and a harrowing exposure to tropical poverty. He returned to Hawaii, where he was brought up largely by his grandparents.

On one hand, the family lived in a small apartment. Whereby, his grandfather was a furniture salesman and an unsuccessful insurance agent.

On the other hand, his grandmother worked in a bank – but Barack managed to get into Punahou School, Hawaii’s top prep academy.

Barack Obama Constant touch with His Father

His father wrote to him regularly but, though he traveled around the world on official business for Kenya, he visited only once, when Barack was ten.

Remarkably, Obama attended Columbia University but found New York’s racial tension inescapable.

He became a community organizer for a small Chicago church-based group for three years, helping poor South Side residents cope with a wave of plant closings.

He then attended Harvard Law School, and in 1990 became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review.

His Notable Leadership Career Limelight

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.”

He was a U.S. Senator from Illinois since 3 January 2005.

Chiefly, Barrack won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word for the CD version of his autobiography “Dreams From My Father” (2006).

By the way, did you know he once lived in Hyde Park in Chicago?

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

Michelle Obama Dates Barack Obama

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

He became a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 US presidential election.

Several celebrities including;

Are all in all, on the top list for those who supported his 2008 presidential campaign.

Equally important, Robert De Niro gave his endorsement at the same rally where Barack Obama was endorsed by Caroline and Ted Kennedy.

Not forgetting, at his wife’s suggestion, he quit smoking before his campaign to win the Democratic nomination.

Barack Obama Personal Background Life

His paternal relatives still live in Kenya and before the election, he used to visit them occasionally and boarded a matatu to Kisumu town.

At times he spent his time on nearby hotels as in his village he would not find a place except to the welcome of His cousins, owing to that he had adopted a life to depend on his own.

During a confession, he addressed being a  teen who had drug experiences in his memoirs “Dreams from My Father”.

One of his ancestors was Maureen Duvall, also an ancestor of actor Robert Duvall who shares his surname with a small city in western Japan, which means “small shore” in Japanese.

Barack Obama was and still is a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan. More than 215,000 people attended his speech in Berlin on 24 July 2008.

Barack Obama Biography
Since and after the White House, He still plays basketball.

Barack Obama Family Lineage Story

Did you know he has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l’info aired since (1988)?

Barack Obama’s grandmother – mothers mother, Madelyn Payne Dunham died Sunday, November 2, 2008, in the early evening in Honolulu from cancer.

She was 86. Sarah Onyango Obama (born 1920-1921) is a Kenyan educator and philanthropist.

She is the third wife of the paternal grandfather of U.S. President Barack Obama. Although she is not a blood relation, Barack Obama calls her “Granny Sarah”.

Well! Well! before I summing up, let me ask you a very quick and simple question. Why is White House White?

Below is the answer.

Why is White House White?

Some myths are that the House was painted white after burning of the house by the British in 1814. Since childhood, I used to hear the story that way from my late GrandPa!

The building was first made white with lime-based whitewash in 1798, when its walls were finished, simply as a means of protecting the porous stone from freezing.

By physics, here were the characteristics observed in lime ;

  • adheres best to rough porous surfaces.  It does not adhere well to smooth porous surfaces.
  • when applied to a surface, the mixture forms a thin opaque film of calcium carbonate (Plaster)

Therefore, congressman Abijah Bigelow wrote to a colleague on March 18, 1812 (three months before the United States entered the war with England.”

There is much trouble at the White House, as we call it, I mean the President’s” (quoted in W. B. Bryan, “The Name White House,” Records of the Columbia Historical Society 34-35 [1932]: 308).

Meant to wear off, for the most part, leaving cracks and crevices filled, the whitewash was never allowed to weather. But was refreshed periodically until the structure, at last, was painted with white lead paint in 1818.

By that time it had for more than a decade been known as “The White House.” The name, though in common use, remained a nickname until October 1901, when Theodore Roosevelt made it official.

You see! Now you know!


According to the Times, Barack Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned and tortured by the British during Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising. 

Barack Hussein Obama Sr. 18 June 1936 – 24 November 1982 was a Kenyan senior governmental economist and the father of Barack Obama.

He is a central figure of his son’s memoir, Dreams from My Father (1995).

Obama Sr. married in 1954 and had two children with his first wife, Kezia.

Stay put to learn about his life in the White House and after White House as well.

Resourceful References;

  1. Celebrities & Public Figures Biography Profiles
  2. The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama

Below is a Speech by Obama that saw him win the hearts of many during his campaign period.

In short, the speech that made him become the United States President.

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