It turns out Barack Obama was dreaming big right from an early age – at just nine-years-old he announced he was going to be the prime minister of Indonesia.
The episode from a new biography of the president’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, reveals the roots of a hunger for power which has driven Mr Obama’s heady rise from an eccentric upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia to the White House.
It will bring a wry smile to the faces of ‘birthers’, who are not satisfied he was born in the U.S.
In A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, author Janny Scott tells how young Barack – then known by the westernised abbreviation of ‘Barry’ – was pushed by his mother to reach for the sky right from the start.
Mrs Dunham died when she was just 52, never knowing the incredible heights her son would achieve.