5 Things you probably don't know about Barack Obama

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1 . Barrack Obama plays basket ball

Barack Obama played basketball in varsity and was known as the "O'Bomber". He even added a basketball court to the White House when he became the president of U.S.A. He also owns a pair of boxing gloves autographed by Mohammed Ali.

2 . Barack Obama said that he made some bad decisions involving drinking and drugs while he was a teenager. He told high school students in 2007 that when he was their age he was barely a model student, experimenting with illegal drugs and drinking alcohol.

3 . Barack and Michelle Obama met at a law firm in Chicago and Michelle asked Barack to play basketball with her brother when he asked her out.

Michelle asked her brother, Craig Robinson, to play basketball with Barack Obama. Robinson told Slate Magazine that it wasn’t to see if he was a good player or not, “but because she’d grown up hearing my dad and I say you can tell a lot about a guy on the basketball court.” Robinson said that he found “no personality flaws with respect to the basketball evaluation.” Barack and Michelle started dating and got married in 1992.

4 . Barack Obama is a two time Grammy Award winner

He won the first Grammy Award in 2006 for the narration of his memoir “Dreams from my father.” In 2008, he won another Grammy for his audiobook ” The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.”

5 . Barack Obama carried lucky charms in his pocket during his presidency.

In January of 2016, he revealed to YouTube vlogger Ingrid Nilsen that he always carried a few pieces of lucky charms given to him over the years to remind him of this. “Ever since I started running for office, people started handing me things when I’d speak to a crowd—little lucky charms or keepsakes, or things that meant something to them. And so now I have a habit of I always carry around . . . a few things that I just stick in my pocket to remind me of all the people I’ve met along the way and the stories they told me.” Among the items Obama procured from his pocket during the interview were rosary beads from Pope Francis, a small Buddha statuette, and a poker chip from a biker guy with a “big handlebar mustache and a bunch of tats.” Though he admits he’s not very superstitious, he looked to them as symbols of the faith of his constituents. “If I feel tired or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can reach into my pocket, and I say, ‘Yeah, that’s something I can overcome because somebody gave me this privilege to work on these issues that are going to affect them. I better get back to work.’”

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