Well if you are wondering why you landed here, then I guess you are right. Did you get curious, Yes!…, right? Well! Well! before I even begin telling you where Barack Obama came from or was before White House, well, let me begin by asking you a very simple question. Why is White House White? Some myths are that the House was painted white after burning of the house by the British in 1814. Since childhood, I used to hear the story that way from my late Grand Pa! The building was first made white with lime-based whitewash in 1798, when its walls were finished, simply as a means of protecting the porous stone from freezing. By physics, here were the characteristics observed in lime ;
- adheres best to rough porous surfaces. It does not adhere well to smooth porous surfaces.
- when applied to a surface, the mixture forms a thin opaque film of calcium carbonate (Plaster)
Therefore, congressman Abijah Bigelow wrote to a colleague on March 18, 1812 (three months before the United States entered war with England.”There is much trouble at the White House, as we call it, I mean the President’s” (quoted in W. B. Bryan, “The Name White House,” Records of the Columbia Historical Society 34-35 : 308).Meant to wear off, for the most part, leaving cracks and crevices filled, the whitewash was never allowed to weather but was refreshed periodically until the structure, at last, was painted with white lead paint in 1818. By that time it had for more than a decade been known as “The White House.” The name, though in common use, remained a nickname until October 1901, when Theodore Roosevelt made it official. You see! Now you know!
Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States as from 2009 to 2016. Born Barack Hussein Obama II in Honolulu on August 4, 1961 (current age 56), Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham (1942-1995), was a white American from Wichita, Kansas. His father, Barack Obama Sr.(1936-1982), who was black, was from Alego, Kenya. They were both young college students at the University of Hawaii and married from 1961 to 1965. Barrack Obama has one half-sister, Maya, born to his mother and stepfather in 1970. When his father left for Harvard, his mother and Barack stayed behind, and his father ultimately returned alone to Kenya, where he worked as a government economist. Barack’s mother remarried an Indonesian oil manager and moved to Jakarta when Barack was six. He later recounted Indonesia as simultaneously lush and a harrowing exposure to tropical poverty. He returned to Hawaii, where he was brought up largely by his grandparents. The family lived in a small apartment – his grandfather was a furniture salesman and an unsuccessful insurance agent and his grandmother worked in a bank – but Barack managed to get into Punahou School, Hawaii’s top prep academy. His father wrote to him regularly but, though he traveled around the world on official business for Kenya, he visited only once, when Barack was ten. Obama attended Columbia University but found New York’s racial tension inescapable. He became a community organizer for a small Chicago church-based group for three years, helping poor South Side residents cope with a wave of plant closings. He then attended Harvard Law School, and in 1990 became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review.