Now, granted, only two other presidents even had the opportunity to appear on the Daily Show. But so what? When Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to appear on television at the 1939 World's Fair, it was no less historic simply because television had recently been invented. It was a presidential first, and in America, we just like our presidential firsts for some reason. And Obama has been making a lot of them, under the radar. We're not saying they're all significant in any way (first president to travel to Pakistan prior to becoming president, for example), but some of them are (first black president, duh). And at the very least, they might be useful in a trivia game someday. So get to know them.
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First President to Be Black
This is the most obvious one, even though some people think it was Warren Harding because of rumors that his great-grandmother was black. But was she? And who decides whether that would even make Harding "black"? Who knows. Obama is the first president who is definitely black.
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First President Not Born in the Continental United States
Despite the chain e-mail your uncle sent you, Obama was born in Hawaii.
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First President to Mention 'Muslims, 'Hindus,' 'Jews,' or Non-Believers in His Inaugural Address
He also mentioned Christians, but big deal.
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First President to Host a Passover Seder at the White House
Reports indicate that the afikomen was hidden by Obama in a secret White House bunker and was never found.
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First President to Celebrate Diwali Inside the White House
President Bush's administration celebrated Diwali (sans Bush himself) in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door, perhaps unaware that Diwali is celebrated by the other kind of Indian.
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The First President to Appear on a Daytime Talk Show in Person
A "Full Ginsburg" is not a depraved sexual act, but the act of appearing on all five Sunday talk shows on the same morning, which was first performed by William Ginsburg, Monica Lewinsky's attorney, on February 1, 1998. Obama technically completed a Modified Full Ginsburg on September 19, 2009, as he made an
appearance on Univision's Al Punto instead of Fox News Sunday.
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The First President to Appear on the Late Show with David Letterman
Obama was fortunate enough to receive a heart-shaped potato spud from a woman in the audience when he appeared on Letterman's September 21, 2009 show. "That is remarkable," he lied.
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First President to Use E-mail Regularly While in Office