Barack Obama

Barack Obama

American, Head of State
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  • Won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2009.
  • Won his second Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for "The Audacity of Hope" (2008).
  • Several celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Halle Berry and Macy Gray support his 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Plays basketball.
  • Has two daughters, Malia (born in 1999) and Natasha (born in 2001).
  • Holds both American and Kenyan (since 1963) citizenship.
  • Was elected to be the 44th president of the Unites States of America on 5 November, 2008.
  • Was the 27th lawyer to be elected American president.
  • Is the first American president to be born in Hawaii.
  • Was the first African-American man to be elected President of the United States (November 2008).
  • Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham died Sunday November 2, 2008 in the early evening in Honolulu from cancer. She was 86.
  • Is very distantly related to Lon Chaney.
  • Has his look-alike puppet in the French show "Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988).
  • Has one half-sister, Maya, born to his mother and stepfather in 1970.
  • More than 215,000 people attended his speech in Berlin on 24 July 2008.
  • Is a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan.
  • Chosen as one of "10 people would change the world" by New Statesman magazine (2005).
  • Named one of Time magazine's "100 most influential people in the world" list in 2005 and 2007.
  • Born to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (1936-1982) and Ann Dunham (1942-1995), married from 1960 to 1965.
  • Shares his surname with a small city in western Japan, which means "small shore" in Japanese.
  • One of his ancestors was Mareen Duvall, also an ancestor of actor Robert Duvall.
  • Confessed teenage drug experiences in his memoirs "Dreams from My Father".
  • His paternal relatives still live in Kenya.
  • At his wife's suggestion, he quit smoking before his campaign to win the Democratic nomination began.
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