It ain’t hard to tell, I excel, then prevail

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I’m loving the reports of the President-elect walking around with a copy of Derek Walcott’s Collected Poems.

I wonder what’s next: Poetry readings in the China Room? Slam in the West Wing? Haiku writing in the Rose Garden?

More facts about Obama (including his status as award-winning spoken word artist!) can be found at Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama but here are some of the quick literary bits:

• He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics

• He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father

• He has read every Harry Potter book

• His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

• He and Michelle made $4.2 million (£2.7 million) last year, with much coming from sales of his books

• He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal.

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