Obama on nudity, drag racing, and how to write: 20 details from Maraniss' ‘Barack Obama: The Story'

In the forthcoming biography " Barack Obama: The Story ," due in bookstores June 19, David Maraniss tells the largely untold story of Obama's family, his life growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia, his journey through college in California and New York and his years as a community organizer on the South side of Chicago.

Some of the details from the book have already been released, including sections about Obama's pot-smoking school days in Hawaii and stories about his early girlfriends, but the book, obtained by Yahoo News, is full of stories about Obama's past (even if Obama doesn't show up in the book until page 165).

Here are 20 details from Obama's life detailed in Maraniss' book:


1. Maraniss suggests that Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., may have abused Obama's mother.

"There is no direct evidence that Obama hit Ann. She never talked about it to her son or family, and in retrospect always tried to give their brief relationship the rosiest interpretations. Bus as we shall see, Obama physically abused his next wife, another American with similar characteristics. This does not mean that he abused Ann, but it leads to that possibility."

2. When Obama was six years old, he moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to live with his mother and step-father, Lolo Soetoro, in a home full of exotic animals.

"The backyard was a sight to behold, Lolo's personal Indonesian zoo: Chickens, cockatoos, snakes, turtles, two biawaks (reptiles that resemble miniature crocodiles) in a pond, and a small ape named Tata that he brought back from a mapping assignment with the army in Papua."

3. Obama's presidential ambitions stretched back to the 3rd grade when he wrote this paper for his class.

My name is Barry Soetoro. I am a third-grade student at SD Asisi.

My mom is my idol.

My teacher is Ibu Fer. I have a lot of friends.

I live near the school. I usually walk to the school with my mom, then go home by mystelf.

Someday I want to be president. I love to visit all the places in Indonesia.

Done.

The eeeeeeeeend.

4. As a teenager, Obama was in a car accident while drag racing in Hawaii.

Obama wasn't behind the wheel of the car, but while he and some friends were racing, the car he was riding in flipped and landed upside down. The other car turned around and found Obama, who had crawled out a back window, laughing hysterically.

"You can't drive for shit!" he kept telling the driver.

5. Obama doesn't have hops.

He loved playing basketball in high school, but he was "one of few players on the team" who couldn't jump high enough to dunk.

6. Obama, college style.

Maraniss describes Obama's look while he was a student at Occidental University:

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