He recapitalized banks, passed Wall Street reforms, eliminated Osama Bin Laden, passed health care reforms, Improved school nutrition, and ended the war in Iraq. These are just a few reforms among the many that Barack Obama undertook. Sure his identity for some may have begun with his race, but it didn’t end there, that’s what he believed, and rightly so (From Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father”).
Here on his 51st Birthday, let’s explore some facts about the former Senate and current President of The United States Of America.
Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. After his parents had separated he moved to Indonesian with his mother and stepfather. He lived in Indonesia and studied there for a few years before moving back to Hawaii and later on to Columbia.
His full name is Barack Hussein Obama, but during his early days he was fondly called Barry O”Bomber by his friends (because of his devastating basketball jump shot). The name Barack comes from the Swahili language and is a form of words Baraka or Barakah, meaning “one who is blessed”.
Young Obama worked as a community organiser in Chicago’s black Southside. This was the closest Obama came to the African American community, taking pride in his origin. He firmly believes that he has learnt more during this period than he ever did at the Harvard.
Barack was a Harvard Graduate and president of the Harvard Law Review. In 1988, the 27-year old Obama arrived at the Harvard Law School, with an experience of being a teacher and a community worker. This period helped him boost his journey from that moment to that of being a senator and finally the President of The United States Of America.
It might surprise you that during his stay at Harvard, he also tried his hand at modelling, but unfortunately, it was promptly rejected by the all-women committee (which they must have regretted all their life… alas)
He dated and later married Michelle Robinson, his supervisor at Harvard. He met Michelle Obama (then Michelle Robinson) during a summer internship in his first year at Harvard.
They are said to have developed an instant fondness for each other. But back then, Barack had rough edges, which were taken care off by the spiritually-tethered and disciplined lifestyle of Michelle. The two finally married in 1992 and since then are considered as a strong-going power couple.
I am sure you must be aware that Presiden Obama has authored multiple books, among which “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” and “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” were a wild success and were even recorded as audiobooks.
He won a Grammy Award for the Best Spoken Word Album for both the publications. Obama’s great works were genuinely earnest and profound.
Obama claims not to be religious or superstitious, but when you are in such a challenging political position as being the President of the United States, you definitely need something to stay grounded.
He carries in his pocket, souvenirs given to him by people who share their aspirations with him as a sign of strength to get through the bad times. The holy cross (gifted by a Pope), a bracelet of a soldier from US military, and a Hanuman idol are a few such tokens.
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Chuck Norris, Mahatma Gandhi and Pablo Picasso are some of Obama’s role models for which he spoke with great admiration and pride.
President Obama is a voracious reader and has an extensive collection in his personal library. Amongst his favourite is Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.
The most powerful man on the planet is a huge Harry Potter fan and has read all the seven novels aloud.
Acknowledging the journey of Barack Obama through all the heights and shortcomings is a minute gesture to celebrating the 51st Birth Anniversary of the Man who Built A Nation.