Think you know Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? Think again.

The 2012 presidential election is rapidly approaching. For some people, this is a time to learn about each candidate’s policies and determine for whom they wish to vote.
For other people this is a chance to learn some random facts about each candidate that can help win a game of Trivial Pursuit or, at least serve as small talk topics at a party. With that, we give you fun facts about your potential president.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Mich. He is 65 years old.

Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney, was a Michigan senator.

Before he ran for president, Mitt Romney was the governor of Massachusetts, founded Bain Capital, and ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City where he not only prevented the Olympics from bankrupting the city (a common occurrence), but also managed to get the event to turn a profit for the city.

As a child Romney attended Cranbrook School before receiving his degree from Brigham Young University in 1971.

He later attended Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and received both a law degree and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1975.

According to the Washington Post, Mitt Romney’s favorite snack is peanutbutter and jelly with a tall glass of chocolate milk.

Mitt Romney is an author and published the book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” which made The New York Times’ best-seller list.

Romney is praised by critics and non-critics alike and is widely believed to have “won” the first presidential debate of the 2012 election.

CNN reported that the Romney campaign has raised more than $710 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. This is nearly twice as much as Sen. John McCain spent in 2008.

Mitt Romney has 6.7 million “Likes” on Facebook.

Barack Obama

Obama is 51 years old and was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Before he became president, Obama was a state senator from Illinois and worked as a lawyer and law professor.

Obama attended Punahou Academy in Hawaii where he excelled both academically and athletically. The president was a member of the school’s basketball team.

Obama attended both Occidental College in Los Angeles and Columbia University in New York. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in political science.

Obama met his wife in Chicago during his years at Harvard Law School and they shared their first kiss outside of a shopping center. There is a photo of them there today.

According to CNN and the FEC, the Obama campaign has raised approximately $755 million for the 2012 Presidential Election, close to the amount he raised and spent in 2008.

Obama is an author and wrote “Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” He narrated the audiobook version and received a Grammy Award for “Best Spoken Word Album.” His second book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” is a New York Times Best Seller.

Obama’s presidency has been rather difficult, as many conservative members of Congress have actively worked to block his legislation.

The Facebook page for Barack Obama has 28.4 million “Likes.”

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