November 7, 2008

50 Things You Didn't Know About Barack Obama

Highlights from Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama (from

He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry

Dude, me, too!

He uses an Apple Mac laptop

Dude, me, too!

He's a Grammy winner

Okay, not so much...

His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

Definitely not.

He's a smoker

Oh, now, that's not good. You're a role model, President-Elect Obama!

He bench presses 200 lbs


He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee

Aww! Unsexy nerd phase.

He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal

Glad I'm not the only one taking forever.

He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds

That is so cool. Dudes, we have a cool president!!!


Carmi said...

I love learning more about the people who lead us. They're human, too, and it's always a good thing for us to pause and consider the people behind the public face.

I've always enjoyed presidential transitions for precisely this reason. I hope that as Bush leaves the White House, he's given a similar due. He may be massively unpopular, but he's a husband, a dad and a person, too.

Thank you for sharing this!

Jonathan said...

I read that in the Telegraph and was quite alarmed to discover that he's a smoker. As he's supposed to be a role model for young people, this is not good, and neither is the fact he's admitted to taking illegal drugs.

Elizabeth McQuern said...

I agree, Carmi, I've always had a fascination with presidential history.

And Jonathan, I have a feeling the smoking is something that will stop before too long, for several reasons. And I'm actually not troubled by his drug use, because I think anyone under 50 in the United States who says they've never tried drugs is #1 not telling the truth or #2 a statistical anomaly. I think his honesty on the topic is the main thing.

Jerell said...

Wait, there are pin-up calendar auditions at Harvard? Still?

Elizabeth McQuern said...

I'm sure they're very ironic and clever. :)