Obama: I Was A ‘Fat’ And ’Smart Alecky’ Kid

US President Barack Obama speaks following a National Security Council meeting on the Islamic State at the Department of Treasury in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. US President Barack Obama on June 14 said the Islamic State group was losing ground in Iraq and Syria, and that the number of …
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President Barack Obama says he was “fat” when he was a kid growing up in Hawaii, as well as “smart alecky.”

“If you met me when I was 10 the first thing you would think is, ‘He’s fat,’” Obama said. “I was husky and I was kind of a smart alecky kid.”

Obama participated in an interview with Derek Jeter for the baseball star’s new media platform “The Players’ Tribune.

By age fifteen, Obama said, he was still a little “chunky” but had slimmed down. When asked what he would say to his younger self, Obama indicated that he wished he would have studied more.

“At fifteen I would have told myself, ‘Hit the books and stop goofing off,’” Obama said. “Because at fifteen I was not the most responsible young man. I loved basketball but outside of basketball, I was getting by on charm and wit, but not taking my schoolwork as seriously as I could have.”

He explained that after graduation Harvard, he was probably a little too serious.

“At 25, I would have told myself to lighten up,” he said, pointing out he was organizing and reading and didn’t have much of a social life.