How tall do you think Obama really is and how has his height affected the way Americans view him? Well, among other necessary requirements for becoming a presidential candidate is the height. Though not among the written down laws, US citizens seem to pay much attention on how tall their presidential candidates are. Some observers have noted that of any two major party candidate, the taller one always tends to prevail. According to them, this is due to the public’s preference for taller candidates.
Tracing back to past presidential candidates for instance, Abraham Lincoln who was 6 ft 4 inches (193 cm) tall is still the tallest president US ever had. The average height of all other presidents the country ever had ranged between 5 ft 10.7 inches and 5 ft 11.6 inches since 1900. Interestingly, the Us has followed the trend of the taller wins the race since 1800 with Thomas Jefferson who was 6 ft 2 1⁄2 inches (189cm) tall winning the election against his main opponent John Adams whose height was 5ft 7in (170cm) except in some cases where reverse was the case.
Barrack Obama, who is currently the 44th US president, is said to be 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) as at the time he was made the new president of the United States of America in 2008 and 2012 respectively. Following the trend of height, Obama is ranked the 9th tallest president of the United States following his predecessors – Bill Clinton and George H.W Bush both ranking 4th. Obama is also the first African-American President of the US. He was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii and thus become the very first president born in Hawaii. His mother Stanley Ann Dunham was regarded to be mostly of English ancestry while his father Barrack Obama Sr. is African.
Some individuals are of the view that the current recognition of a candidate’s height in choosing who wins in the election was increased by the advent of the televised presidential debate which brought out most of these physical qualities that was ignoble in the past era. Who knows, this might also be one of the possible reasons Obama won the 2008 presidential election against his opponent John McCain.
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