On this day 8 years ago, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. So today we are listing off five facts about Obama.
- His first name, Barack, means “blessed” in Swahili: This is also his Kenyan father’s name.
- He has a school in Kenya named after him: A school in his father’s hometown near Lake Victoria has been renamed the Senator Barack Obama Secondary School.
- He doesn’t like ice cream: He says ever since working at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager, he hasn’t liked the desert.
- He has Spotify playlists: His playlists titled “The President’s Summer Playlists” feature Joni Mitchell, The Lumineers, Beyonce, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, and even Bob Marley.
- He and Brad Pitt are distant relatives: Genealogists have claimed the President is the 9th cousin of actor Brad Pitt and also the 8th cousin of former Vice-President Dick Cheney.