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Today is the 50th birthday of the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Here at NewsOne we decided to provide you with 50 things on his 50 birthday that you may not know about our president.

This birthday couldn’t have come at a better time for the president with criticisms being launched at him on the economy and other issues in the country.

Check out the list.

1. He and Bill Cosby are the only people to ever get free food from Ben’s Chili Bowl.

2. He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper when he lived in Indonesia.

3. He says his favorite children’s book is “Where the Wild Things Are.”

4. He owns a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali.

5. He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics.

6. He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager.

7. His favorite show is “The Wire.”

8. He majored in Political Science at Columbia University.

9. His father grew up herding goats.

10. He used to drive a Chrysler 300m.

11. He used the n-word in his audio book “Dreams From My Father.”

12. He watches HBO’s “Entourage.”

13. He was an avid reader of the “Autobiography Of Malcolm X.”

14. He owns several Bob Marley albums.

15. His first date with wife, Michelle Obama, was the movie “Do The Right Thing.”

16. He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia.

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

18. His favorite book is “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville

19. His favorite movie is the “Godfather.”

20. His high school yearbook picture inscription thanks “Tut,” “Gramps,” and the “Choom Gang.” Choom is Hawaiian slang for “pot smoking.”

21. He has seven half-brothers and sisters in Kenya from his father’s other marriages.

22. He did a good imitation of Jesse Jackson while he was at Harvard.

23. His high school nick name was “O-bomber.”

24. He won a Grammy for his audio book “Dreams From My Father.”

25. He has read every Harry Potter book.

26. He was called Barry until he became known as Barack in college.

27. He was in the Columbia Black Student Union.

28. Jesse Jackson’s daughter is his daughter Malia’s godmother.

29. His favorite artist is Pablo Picasso.

30. He can bench press 200 pounds.

31. His name means blessed by God in Swahili.

32. He was the 5th African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate.

33. He enjoys rap artists The Fugees and Jay-Z.

34. He gets his hair cut once a week.

35. He says he would’ve been an architect if he wasn’t a politician.

36. He was on the Hawaii high school state basketball champion team.

37. He was mentored by Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree who was also the lawyer for rappers Tupac and Shyne.

38. He loves playing Scrabble.

39. His favorite president is Abraham Lincoln.

40. He traveled to Kenya in 1988 and met many of his paternal relatives.

41. His favorite meal is wife Michelle’s shrimp linguini.

42. His paternal grandfather was affiliated with the Kenyan revolutionary Mau Mau movement.

43. His maternal grandfather fought in World War II.

44. Some of his maternal ancestors were slave owners.

45. He moved to Chicago and worked as a director of the Developing Communities Project after college.

46. He has a beer named after him in Kenya.

47. He wrote a children’s book “Of Thee I Sing.”

48. His father attended Harvard University.

49. His first public speech was at Occidental College, calling for the school to disinvest from apartheid South Africa.

50. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School.