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How Barack Obama Succeeded As A broke Undergraduate

The immediate past president of the United States of America, Barack Obama who had great impact in lots of lives during his tenure and left good legacy as a president has recently gave an insight on his life as an undergraduate.

One could have concluded that his great intellectual capacity was developed due to the opportunities he was exposed to while in the university, but Obama has just proven this wrong.


In an interview with Michiko Kakutani, a famous American literary critic who met with him before his departure from the white house, Barack shared an indepth explanation about his broke life as an undergraduate in New York.

Read the excerpt on his interview and learn from this great orator!

As one can see in an interview by Michiko Kakutani published in the magazine America, the first revelation of the former president to the author was that he had always dreamed of becoming a writer. His passion for literature, born in his youngest years, has never left him.

Barack Obama as a student
Barack Obama as a student

Barack Obama also explains that when he was “in first or second year of university”, in New York, he had immersed himself in books intensively. “I was completely bent on myself,” he admits.

But the most impressive revelations is when Barack Obama unveils his years of galley. Before experiencing the luxury of the White House, he lived the life of a broke student from New York.
“I had only one plate, one towel, and I bought my clothes in thrift stores,” says the former president of the United States.

In this period of scarcity during which he drank readings, books allowed him to refocus his life on the essentials. “It allowed me to rediscover the power of words to understand who I was, what I thought, what I believed, and what really mattered to me,” he said.

“I was a very passionate, relatively non-humorous person,” Donald Trump’s predecessor told the White House. It must be said that the most remarkable in these revelations of Barack Obama is not only his open-mindedness but above all his determination to succeed in life.


Obama had been able to take advantage of what nature and his environment had given him. His environment offered him good studies and nature his ability to be a good a good speaker. It is probably thanks to all this that he convinced the Americans to elect him as president.

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