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Obama Fun Facts

Obama Fun Facts. I couldn't fall asleep the other night, so I decided to look up some fun facts on various topics. This was the result.. Fun Facts About Barack

I couldn't fall asleep the other night, so I decided to look up some fun facts on various topics. This was the result.

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Fun Facts About Barack Obama
Barack Hussein Obama is named after his father, Barack
Hussein Obama, Sr. (). "Barack" means
blessing/ blessed/ to bless" in Swahili and Semitic languages, and
Hussein" is a Semitic word meaning "gorod" or "beautiful." Swahili
was Obama Sr/ s native language.
He collects Spiderpman and Conan the Barbarian comics
He was known as "O' Bomber" at high school for his skill at
His favourite meal is wife Michelle' s shrimp linguini
He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir,
Dreams From My Father
He is - the sixth president to be
He has read every Harry Potter book
He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad
He worked in a ice cream shop as a teenager
and now can' t stand ice cream
His favourite snacks are protein bars
He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while
living in Indonesia
He can speak Spanish
While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had
sports channels on instead
His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea
He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for
president - he didn' t
He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia
He can bench press an impressive
He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be
addressed by his full name
His favourite book is by Herman Melville
He visited Effingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his
halemeister: Fiancee, but left when a stripper arrived
His desk in his Senate omae once belonged to Robert Kennedy
He and Michelle made . 2 million (. 7 million) last year, with
much coming from sales of his books
His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the
Cuckoo' s Nest
He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet
belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck
He applied to appear in a black pinsep calendar while at Harvard
but was rejected by the committee.
His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and
The Fugees
He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee Do The Right Thing on
their rarst date
He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
He doesn' t drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol
He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a
As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine
His daughters' ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an
actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)
He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the
He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his
book deal
His house in Chicago has four fire places
Daughter Malia' s godmother is Jesse Jackson' s daughter
He says his worst habit is constantly checking his Blackberry
He uses an Apple Mac laptop
He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his
Chrysler 300
He wears , 500 () Hart Schaeffer Marx suits
He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes
He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Tariff,
who charges ()
His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The
He was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service
He was nicknamed "Bar" by his late grandmother
He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds
His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso
His speciality as a cook is chilli
He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were "street urchins"
He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg,
a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life
His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan
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User avatar #8 - bugkiller (08/24/2010) [-]
most of this stuff are things the previous president couldnt do
#4 - Xmrsanders (08/24/2010) [-]
Obama sucks
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User avatar #2 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
How could someone who preaches as much socialism as he does make 4.2 million a year and live with themselves? For god sakes if you think money should be shared, then share it obama!
#17 to #2 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
lets stop this thread right now.
User avatar #5 to #2 - stallwallwriter (08/24/2010) [-]
No dear boy, you're confusing being *called* a socialist with actually *being* a socialist. If he was half of what FOX said he was, he'd be a radical muslim commie from Kenya.
User avatar #6 to #5 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
Last I checked he IS a radical muslim commie. The kenya part is the only part you said that isn't true.
User avatar #26 to #6 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
Oh, and he also figures that spending MORE money that we don't have will fix our economy. Seems pretty radical to me.
User avatar #10 to #6 - stallwallwriter (08/24/2010) [-]
Harris Mint? Is that you?
User avatar #18 to #6 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
do you seriously believe all the **** you see on tv? there's no way you could form opinions like that if you watch a reliable news source
User avatar #25 to #18 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
I don't even watch the news. I figured all of that out by LOOKING AT HIS POLICIES!! GASP! He is a muslim, so that's the muslim part. He wants to socialize medicine, that's the commie part. He wants to fix something that isn't broken, that's the radical part.
User avatar #27 to #25 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
no evidence pointing to him being a muslim
what does "socializing medicine" even mean? you are not using that word right, and please explain just how that qualifies him as "commie" having to buy insurance is just like having to pay taxes or pay into social security, or having to buy car insurance to drive, as is common in many states.
that last one makes no teeny tiny bit of sense. one could fill a book with all the **** you dont know. and sorry, i just assumed you watched fox news or something. it is clear to me now you are fully autistic.
User avatar #28 to #27 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
Sorry, socialized medicine, AKA UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. The communists believed in the good old fashioned "one for all" motto. My original comment was pointing out how obama wants to take all sorts of money from the "rich" people in this country so that way he can pay for the "poor" people to have healthcare. Since the current healthcare system has nothing wrong with it, other than it's capitalist, which is apparently awful, obama wants to fix something that isn't broken. For one who throws insults so readily you sure don't look too deeply into the subjects you claim I don't know about.
User avatar #29 to #28 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
ok, where to begin.... first, why does capitalism mean people have to die because they dont have enough money? the health care system IS broken (insurance systems at least, our hospitals are world class), because it is controlled by private companies, so prices spiral out of control. is it against you capitalist ideals to let people have a fair chance at staying alive?
also, nobody is "taking from the rich", it's called "taxes" ooh-ah. if we just de-privatized hte military we would have tons of money to run a public insurance option, and we probably have enough to do it already. even india has universal health care, and they have 3 times as many people as us and way less money.
User avatar #31 to #29 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
Also, what are you talking about "deprivatizing" the military. Are you saying our entire military is a bunch of mercenaries? I don't think so.
User avatar #33 to #31 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
um... there are 3 contractors for every army person in the middle east. they do everything that is not fighting and cost a ******** of money.
User avatar #36 to #33 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
Okay, so how does that have anything to do with the military? They're contractors not soldiers.
User avatar #37 to #36 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
the massive money draining military budget of $600 billion is mostly to pay for contractors
User avatar #39 to #37 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
No it's not. It's to pay for the services of 1.4 million men and women, and all of the tools they need to perform their jobs.
User avatar #40 to #39 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
and all the contractors who put food and open fast food stores and movie theaters in the bases, give them heat, AC and electricity, provide on base housing as well as convoy escort, janitors, and base security and a whole litany of other things. most all of the money is just to buy **** for the troops, not pay and maintain them.
User avatar #41 to #40 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
You think our troops should sleep out in the sand and eat MREs? They don't deserve just a little bit of comfort considering their job?
User avatar #43 to #41 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
or maybe the military could do that on its own and thus be self contained, saving billions of dollars
User avatar #46 to #43 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
That would cost even more because they would have to send their troops to college to become architects. And THEN pay for all of the materials. and THEN send in the additional labor to help construct the buildings.
User avatar #48 to #46 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
what the hell are you even talking about? the government has architects i'm sure, and hiring people to help with specialize things like that is okay. they give young recruits a $180,000 scholarship anyway. buying materials and building stuff yourself is always cheaper than getting contractors, because contractors are in it for profit, so they charge more. additional labor? reservists, national and whoever isn't fighting at the moment. that's what they're there for. when you are in direct control of your money, its way cheaper.
User avatar #55 to #48 - Himynameisjacob (08/25/2010) [-]
Maybe I should talk some more! Well.. pulling out of Afghanistan would be good. We're not going to eliminate terrorism there, and I suppose it's better that we keep terrorists there rather than forcing them to Pakistan, which will likely be the case if we stick around. There are some cool facts about Afghan as well.. but I'll be honest, I don't remember many of them, so I won't try to recall them, if only to refrain from risking invalidity. =P

The point is, we don't need to be in several places. Our military is not fit for long term defense, and Bush Sr knew that. If things go wrong, we can easily drop in and screw them up, but we need to stick around in America for defense, and to save money. We can get to these countries in a heartbeat.
User avatar #54 to #48 - Himynameisjacob (08/25/2010) [-]
Furthermore, I feel we should also pull out of Turkey. The Turkish government is beginning to follow the defiant, independent steps of America. Better yet, they're actually siding with an area for the first time, and that area is the radical Middle East. Plus, they don't need us for ANYTHING. They may have for a while, because we would have been their ticket into the European Union, but now they're trading with the EU regardless. The worst of all, though, is that they've now compared their governmental view to Hamas. Not good. See, we're storing nuclear weaponry in Turkey, and we can't actually protect it. We have about 5,000 airforce troops there, but that's it. Turkey's strong force could easily infiltrate, or allow others to do so.
User avatar #53 to #48 - Himynameisjacob (08/25/2010) [-]
Well, one thing we need to do is pull out of Iraq. Sure, Obama followed through with pulling out "combat" troops, but we've left 45,000 of them in Iraq to persist in carrying out the current duties of the infantry. Actually, we've lost over 9 billion dollars in weaponry. It hasn't even been stolen! I'm talking machine guns, tanks, and RPG's. Plus, it costs over $340,000 to support a marine in Iraq for a year. That's at least 15.3 billion dollars to support 45,000 unnecessary troops. What worries me, though, is that despite Obama's claim to recall all American soldiers by the end of 2011, we're building MEGA bases in Iraq. It doesn't seem as if we'll be pulling out in the near future.
User avatar #56 to #53 - Himynameisjacob (08/25/2010) [-]
Sorry, I meant that the weaponry hasn't been *reported* stolen, but I'm fairly certain the weaponry was sold to terrorist groups within the country. Actually, we have troops renegade enough to tag the cities with "Bloodz" or "Crips." That just sort of worries me about the credibility of our troops.
User avatar #57 to #56 - Animalsvibrator (08/25/2010) [-]
no. **** this. im not arguing politics any more.
User avatar #30 to #29 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
Whatever happened to "reap what you sow?" If people want a fair chance of staying alive, they should try EARNING it. Prices will not skyrocket because there's this little thing called competition. Until a single company controls 100% of the market, there is no freaking way prices will skyrocket. Yes they are taking from the rich. someone who makes over 1 million dollars a year will pay a 39% federal income tax right of the top. And then the state takes 15% of it, and then social security takes 5% of it. In the end, that 1 million a year the guy "EARNED" is now down to 400k just because he has the ability to earn that much. How much taxes do you think someone who makes less than 20000 a year has to pay? less than 15%
User avatar #32 to #30 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
that first thing you said is like blaming a hobo for having schizophrenia. and i guess i exaggerated when i said "skyrocket", but when you buy insurance, you are at the mercy of that company. when helping people stay alive is a business for profit, its way too easy to make people pay through their noses for your services. at its most basic, insurance reform is to helo make sure people pay resonable prices for health care, and so many people just cant. there aren't enough high paying jobs and skilled workers for everyone to be able to pay.

also, is it really unresonable for someone who makes a lot of money to pay more taxes? what you described is kind of excessive, but they can afford to pay more than the janitor with 20K a year.
User avatar #34 to #32 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
You are NEVER at the mercy of a company. If you don't like what you pay, go to a different company. This is called COMPETITION. It's exactly the same as car insurance, if you don't like what you pay, you make a switch.

As far as reasonable prices go, how much is your life worth to you? It could cost you $10000 per year for good coverage for a family of four. If you get in a serious car accident, it could cost way more than that just to patch up one single person. Not taking into account how much you might pay on the other people's hospital bills.

Yes it is unreasonable for people who make a lot of money to pay more taxes. If every single person in this country paid a 2% flat tax, the economy would flourish, and debt would be eliminated.
User avatar #35 to #34 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
when i say at the mercy of the company, thats usually if you get your insurance from your workplace. my family (which has a ton of medical expenses becuase my sister had a brain tumor) is basically being raped by the insurance my dad gets through his work. and he can't switch because it would cost even more to buy it ourselves.

but if everyone paid a %2 flat tax, that would still be a lot of money but not enough to support out military, huge infrastructure, and education. people would have more money in their pocket overall but that would seriously cut into government spending and ultimately mess up the economy even more.
User avatar #38 to #35 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
If the average income of america was $75,000 take 2% of that, 1500, and multiply it by 307,006,550 that's $460,509,825,000. If we didn't have a government with a department for everything from defense to keeping track of the number of rolls of toilet paper on the planet, that would be more than enough money to cover the country's bills.
#44 to #38 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
<---- or, to make it a bit simpler for you
User avatar #42 to #38 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
average american income is around $40000. with the 2% tax that means people pay, on average, $800 in income tax. no social security. it comes out to about $304 billion, maybe one eighth of the national budget. there's no way we could keep roads and hospitals and the military in order with that much money, no to mention that bascally slashes any hope of paying back national debts or having medicaid/medicare or social security.
User avatar #45 to #42 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
right, now if you had actually read the entirity of my last post, you would know that the government has a department for everything but the kitchen sink, and that's where all the money goes.
User avatar #47 to #45 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
actually, almost 50% percent of the budget is for interest on the national debt and defence spending, and a great deal of it on other essential spending.
User avatar #49 to #47 - SteyrAUG (08/24/2010) [-]
Know what? I'm done. I apologize for turning this entire page into a giant flame thread by stating Obama is a socialist.
User avatar #50 to #49 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
User avatar #21 to #18 - Himynameisjacob (08/24/2010) [-]
My statements are completely valid. I wasn't even attempting to trash Obama, but rather to point out that he really has compared his views to that of Socialists.

Honestly, Socialism would be ideal in a utopian society, but that's just not happening. I feel equal opportunity is more important than total equality, and I'm fairly certain Obama would agree. In that, you could certainly assume that I don't believe him to be Socialistic.
User avatar #24 to #23 - Himynameisjacob (08/24/2010) [-]
Oh. See, my comment was thumbed down, so I assumed.

Assumptions are bad. =P
#58 to #18 - anon (08/25/2010) [-]
And what would that be?
User avatar #60 to #58 - Animalsvibrator (08/25/2010) [-]
any news channel besides fox, new york times are just a few i can name off the top of my head
User avatar #9 to #5 - Himynameisjacob (08/24/2010) [-]
Actually, he did admit to agreeing with the Socialistic mindset. He later stated that he wasn't a Socialist. I suppose the point is that he believes in total equality, but likely also in equal opportunity.

That, or he lied the second time. I suppose we'll never know!
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User avatar #12 to #1 - djgeeza (08/24/2010) [-]
bush could speak American and english (just)
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User avatar #14 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
User avatar #7 - archangel (08/24/2010) [-]
i doubt he left the a stag party when stripper attended thats probably just him covering his ass politically styling himself
and i doubt his favourite dish is his wifes shrimp languini however again its likely politically styling
though i got to respect that he collects comic books he admits to doing drugs without trying the to justify ' but i didnt inhale ' every one at some point experiments with drugs its one of the great learning experience in life
User avatar #11 - djgeeza (08/24/2010) [-]
he is allowing a mosque to be built close to the former site of the world trade centre? well if thats not disrespectful to the memory of the victims I don't know what is, I'm all for freedom of religion but come on? think ya dumbass!
#15 to #11 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
the federal government has NO JURISDICTION to stop it being built (which is why a lot of officials were reluctant to weigh in), which would be unconstitutional anyway. get your damn facts straight. how do you find that disrespectful anyway
User avatar #19 to #15 - Himynameisjacob (08/24/2010) [-]
It could be perceived as very disrespectful toward the families and friends of those that died in the 9/11 attack, seeing as the terrorists acted based on Islamic faith. Sure, only a portion of Muslims are extremists, but I'd think it to be common courtesy not to build a mosque to practice the very religion that killed masses of people on that soil. Hell, I wouldn't build anything there, if only out of respect, but that's really going to hurt people.
User avatar #20 to #19 - Animalsvibrator (08/24/2010) [-]
i should note that its not actually a mosque but an islam community center and its 2 blocks away, but thank you for acting like a literate person when you responded. you dont see that a lot.
User avatar #22 to #20 - Himynameisjacob (08/24/2010) [-]
I suppose under those circumstances it's somewhat acceptable, but I wouldn't doubt it will offend many regardless.
User avatar #52 to #22 - djgeeza (08/25/2010) [-]
its is disrespectful to the memories of the fallen, yes it is unconstitutional to stop it, but common sense should prevail sometimes at least.

how would you like it if I opened a mexican diner at the Alimo?
User avatar #59 to #52 - Animalsvibrator (08/25/2010) [-]
i would not care because i would have enchiladas
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