By Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com correspondent
Sure, most of us know what President Obama’s policies and plans are on jobs and economy, health care and education. But there are quite a few facts that you might not know about the president. Take a look at 10 things you may or may not know about President Obama. Next
1. His name means “blessed”
Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu. His first name, Barack, means “blessed” in Swahili and was also his Kenyan father’s name.
Pictured: Obama with his mother, Ann Dunham. Next
2. First African-American president of the Harvard Law Review
Obama was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review in its 104-year history.
Pictured: Obama posed in the office of The Harvard Law Review in 1990. Next
3. Won two Grammy Awards
President Obama won the spoken word Grammy for the audio book version of his blockbuster tome “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” in 2008. Obama beat out two former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, to claim the trophy. But it’s not his only Grammy, in 2006 he won the same award for “Dreams From My Father,” an audiobook for a memoir first published in 1995. Next
4. He lived in Somerville
Obama had the basement of 365 Broadway in Somerville, which the future president rented for $900 a month while attending Harvard Law School from 1988 to 1991.
“He was a model tenant,” said John K. Holmes of Arlington, his landlord. “I can remember when he told me he was leaving, I can remember being disappointed.” Next
5. Where did he meet his wife?
Obama and his wife, Michelle, both graduated from Harvard Law School, but they officially met in Chicago in 1989. The future president was a summer associate at the Sidley Austin law firm and Michelle was his mentor.
Pictured: Obama and his bride, Michelle Robinson, on their wedding day, Oct. 18, 1992, in Chicago. Next
6. Plays Scrabble?
Obama loves to play Scrabble during his downtime. Next
7. He read all Harry Potter books
Obama is a Harry Potter fan. In an interview Mrs. Obama said her husband has read all Harry Potter books aloud with their daughters Malia and Sasha.
Pictured: Obama visited Kramerbooks for shopping with his daughters Sasha (left) and Malia (right) Next
8. Favorite book
Obama said his favorite book is “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville. Next
9. Baskin-Robbins has a big place in his life
Obama’s job as a teenager was at Baskin-Robbins, and to this day he does not like ice cream. He had the first date with Michelle at Baskin-Robbins. “On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate,” he said in an interview for “O, The Oprah Magazine” in February 2007. Next
10. He drove a 1970s Ford Granada
Obama’s first car was his grandfather’s 1970s Ford Granda. “The Ford Granada was not the peak of Detroit engineering,” he said. “It rattled and it shook, and I don’t think the girls were particularly impressed when I came to pick them up in a Ford Granada,” he said.
When he bought his first car for $900, it had such a big hole in that one could see the road. Back to the beginning
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