Harry Potter, Baby Alligators, And Coach Dad: 10 Things You Didnt Know About Barack Obama (Photos)

President Barack Obama

Having been our leader for four years now, we think we know him but in reality, there’s much more to President Obama than we know.

Sure, he might be the President of our country, but did you know that in the last four years President Obama took the time out to read Harry Potter every night, coached his daughters’ basketball teams and even wrote a parenting book in 2010? Oh, that’s right!

While a lot can be said and debated about the President and his policies (with some for, and some against), there is no doubt that he is a dedicated father to his two daughters, Sasha and Malia and that family comes first for him. Take a look at our photo gallery and check out our top ten things you probably didn’t know about the President’s family and let us know your thoughts!

  • Irish Roots 1 of 10
    Irish Roots
    While few records remain about Obama's father's side of the family, his mother's side ranges "from prominent land owners to people fleeing the Irish potato famine to indentured servants." Source via via ABC News
  • The Descendants 2 of 10
    The Descendants
    Obama's mother died in 1995 of ovarian and uterine cancer. Obama and his sister, Maya, spread her ashes in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii.g On December 23, 2008, Obama spread his grandmother's ashes in the same spot. Source via via USA Today
  • Polygamy, Too 3 of 10
    Polygamy, Too
    Obama also has polygamy in his family history. His dad, Barack Obama Sr., descended from the Luo tribe in Kenya where polygamy was common. Obama's grandfather had at least four wives and his great-grandfather had five. Source via via ABC News
  • His Daughter’s Biggest Fan 4 of 10
    His Daughter's Biggest Fan
    Obama is proud to say he never misses his daughter's basketball matches. "I have fun at those games. Watching 9, 10-year-old girls playing basketball and just fierce, just intense about it, is terrific." Source via via Washington Post
  • Basketball Dad 5 of 10
    Basketball Dad
    Obama once filled in as a coach for one of Sasha Obama's basketball games. He tapped then-personal aide Reggie Love, a former Duke basketball player, to sub as a coach as well. Source via via Washington Post
  • Everyday Is Father’s Day 6 of 10
    Everyday Is Father's Day
    "There was one year that I got a tie or something, and I said, 'Why is it that everybody makes a big deal about Mother's Day, and Father's Day seems to be the forgotten holiday?'" Obama recounted over lunch Friday. "And Michelle looks at me and she says, 'Let me tell you what, every day is Father's Day. You're always getting a treat.'" Source via via USA Today
  • Book Worm 7 of 10
    Book Worm
    President Barack Obama shops for books with his daughters. In 2010, Obama penned a children's book in their honor called "Of Thee I Sing". Source via via Washington Post
  • No Thank You, Paris Hilton 8 of 10
    No Thank You, Paris Hilton
    The Obama family doesn't stay at Hilton Hotels simply because his daughter Malia doesn't approve of Paris Hilton. Source via via USA Today
  • Harry Potter 9 of 10
    Harry Potter
    Obama reads Harry Potter to his oldest daughter Malia every night when he is home. Source via via USA Today
  • Baby Aligators 10 of 10
    Baby Aligators
    While living in Indonesia with his mother and Lolo, Obama played in rice paddies, rode water buffalo, and ate chili peppers, dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper. He had a pet ape called "Tata," and baby alligators, chickens, and ducks lived in the yard. Source via via USA Today

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