Get to know United States President-elect Barack Obama with these little-known fun facts.

  1. He was born on August 4th and his astrological sign is Leo.
  2. He is left-handed -only the sixth post-war president to be left-handed.
  3. His first name, Barack, means “blessed” in Swahili and he was nicknamed Barry as a child, “O’Bomber” at high school for his skill at basketball, and “Bar” by his late grandmother.
  4. The desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy.
  5. He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father.
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