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Did you know that Barack Obama was a member of the Democrat Political Party? Did you know that Barack Obama likes to read Harry Potter? Did you know that he has a YouTube channel? Do know what his pet dog is called?

Fun Fact 1: Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961

Fun Fact 2: Barack Obama's father was a Kenyan, he left the family when Barack was two years old and died in a car crash in 1982. Barack Obama was raised by his mother Ann Dunham from Kansas; she died from cancer in 1995 and did not live to see her son become president

Fun Fact 3: Barack Obama had a good education, and was a skilful basketball player, because of this he was given the nickname "O' Bomber" at high school. Later he attended Columbia University in New York and then Harvard

Fun Fact 4: When he was at Harvard he met his future wife Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. They married on October 18, 1992 and have two daughters named Malia Ann and Natasha

Fun Fact 5: Barack Obama was 47 years when became the 44th president of America on January 20, 2009. He was the first African American to be elected president

Fun Fact 6: Barack Obama's inauguration was the largest attended presidential ceremony. With an estimated crowd of nearly 2 million people it also established a record for the most attended event ever held in Washington D.C.

Fun Fact 7: He was given a symbolic wooden carving of a hand holding an egg. It is a Kenyan symbol to remind the observer of the fragility of life; Barack Obama keeps his carving on the presidential desk in the White House

Fun Fact 8: Bo is the Obama family dog, he is a black and white Portuguese Water Dog. Bo came to the White House when Barack fulfilled a promise he made to his daughter; he had promised her that they could have a dog if he was elected president

Fun Fact 9: Barack Obama included his favourite candy at his inauguration, just as Ronald Reagan included his favourite Jelly Bellie Beans. Barack Obama's choose Salted Caramels for his guests, made by master chocolatier Fran Bigelow; these treats are considered to be outstanding and made by one of the finest chocolatiers in America

Fun Fact 10: Michelle Obama once confirmed in an interview that Barack Obama had read all six Harry Potter books! Apparently he read them to his daughter, but we like the thought of him reading them at the presidential desk!

Fun Fact 11: Barack Obama is certainly a 21st century president, and has a YouTube Channel since 2006. He is the first ever American president to upload his weekly address, and his channel has exceeded over 289 million views. We wonder what George Washington would think of that?

Fun Fact 12: One of the first policy targets Barack Obama addressed was the reform of national health care, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010

Fun Fact 13: A key achievement during the presidency of Barack Obama was the ending of the war in Iraq. On May 1, 2011 it was announced that the leader of al Qaeda and the Taliban, Obama bin Laden, had been found and killed by US Special Forces

Fun Fact 14: On November 6th, 2012 Barack Obama was elected to a second term as U.S. president, at his second inauguration he also became the second U.S. president to take oath of office four times. During the first oath in 2009, a mistake was made on the wording, so the oath was retaken in a ceremony the following day. Tradition states that inaugurations take place at Midday on Jan 20th, however, when Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term in 2013 that date was a Sunday, so he took oath on that day in a private ceremony, and again the following day at the Capitol. The other President who took oath four times was President Franklin Roosevelt

Fun Fact 15: An inspirational quote from Barack Obama; "If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress"

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