Obama delivers farewell address: Things you may not know about him

Updated: Jan 13, 2017, 14:46
  • Barack Obama is a hard-nosed leader with an even-keel temperament, charismatic speaking skills and a knack for consensus-building. All Pics/ AFP
    Portrait of the President as a young man.
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  • Born Barack Hussein Obama, Jr, to white-American Ann Dunham and Kenya-born Harvard-educated economist on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii
    Obama is seen as a child with his mother Ann Dunham, in an undated family snapshot from the 1960's
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  • His biological parents had divorced after his birth and his father died in 1982 in an auto incident
    Obama (R), is seen in 1970 at age 9 with his step-father Lolo Soetoro (L), his sister Maya Soetoro and his mother Ann Dunham (C), in a family snapshot
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  • Obama went to Harvard Law School, where he was elected the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review
    Obama is seen playing in the ocean as a child in an undated family snapshot from the 1960's
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  • He was elected the 44th President of the US on November 4, 2008 after he defeated then Republican candidate John McCain and was sworn in on January 20, 2009
    Obama is seen swinging a baseball bat as a child in an undated family snapshot
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  • Obama is the first ever US President to travel to India in his first term, has endorsed New Delhi for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council
    Obama is seen with his wife Michelle in a family snapshot from their October 18, 1992 wedding day
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  • Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
    Obama is seen teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago in an undated picture from the 1990's
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  • Obama managed to earn crucial points by dispatching a team of commandos to kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan
    Obama and his wife Michelle are seen spending Christmas in Hawaii in an undated family snapshot from the 1990's
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  • Besides his native English, Obama speaks some basic Indonesian, having learned the language during his four childhood years in Jakarta
    Obama (C) is seen posing with his maternal grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham in New York City in an undated family snapshot from the 1980's
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  • In May 2012, he became the first sitting US president to publicly support legalising same-sex marriage
    Obama is seen at his high school graduation in Hawaii in 1979, in a family snapshot
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  • Barack Obama is the third consecutive president of the US to retain office after his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
    Obama is pictured on a tricycle in Hawaii in an undated family snapshot from the 1960's
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Outgoing US President Barack Obama said goodbye to the US citizens in a dramatic reinterpretation of a presidential farewell address. Here are a few interesting facts about him

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