Most interesting things named after Barack Obama


You may know about Barack Obama Elementary School on Long Island — but have you heard about the spider named after the president? Or the Obama phone? Or the Irish bread?

Take a spin with us around the world to see some of the most interesting things named after Obama.

— With material from The Associated Press

The random water tank surrounded by a gold rush

Ugandan gold miners fetch water from a tank
(Credit: AP / Stephen Wandera)

Ugandan gold miners fetch water from a tank named after President Barack Obama in the Mubende district west of the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Aug. 19, 2015. The water was for household use and for washing gold ore to separate dirt from gold, amid a gold rush in the district.

The Obama spider

Decorative spiders climb the South Portico prior to
(Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Saul Loeb)

There's an Obama trapdoor spider: Aptostichus barackobamai, found in north-central California. It was named in honor of Obama, a "reputed fan of spiders," the official etymology explains. The species primarily lives in mixed redwood and coniferous forest.

Above, decorative spiders climb the South Portico of the White House before the president and first lady welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat for Halloween in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31, 2013.

Get your Obama phone

Obama-branded mobile phones are displayed in the Obama
(Credit: AP / Gildas Ngingo)

Obama-branded mobile phones are displayed in the Obama phone store in Bujumbura, Burundi, on June 18, 2015.



Barack's Brack

A resident of Moneygall, Ireland, holds a brack
(Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Peter Muhly)

A resident of Moneygall, Ireland, holds a brack of bread named after President Barack Obama in Moneygall on May 21, 2011. The Irish brack is a fruit loaf bread. Two days later Obama downed a pint of Guinness in the tiny village, where his great-great-great-grandfather once lived and worked as a shoemaker.

It doesn't quite have the ring of 'Hotel California' ...

In this picture taken on Saturday, July 4,
(Credit: AP / Christian Thompson)

... but the Hotel Obama is still an honor. Here, an ice cream vendor walks by a hotel named after the United States' first African-American president in Accra, Ghana, on July 4, 2015. You can find Obama's face on billboards, T-shirts and restaurants in Africa.

Long Island has an Obama school

Reaction from Barack Obama Elementary School to President
(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

Hempstead is home to Barack Obama Elementary School, where fifth-graders Ashley Dufresne and Tiara Henry were happy that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 9, 2009. The school was the first in the nation to be named after Obama.

Baracktrema obamai, a 'cool as hell' parasite

How about a long, thin and
(Credit: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

How about a long, thin and "cool as hell" parasite? In 2016, Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles' blood, was named after Obama. Thomas Platt, the scientist who chose the name, said he did it to honor the president. Baracktrema obamai, he said, "are phenomenally incredibly resilient organisms."

Barack Obama

This picture taken on January 21, 2009 shows
(Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Simon Maina)

Come on, we had to include a baby. This photo taken on Jan. 21, 2009, shows a Kenyan baby named after the newly inaugurated U.S. president in the arms of his mother, Caroline Akinyi, at the new Nyanza general hospital in Kisumu, Kenya. "I hope that one day he too will become a great leader if not like the U.S. president," Akinyi said.



Barack Obama University

Students at Obama University wash their hands in
(Credit: AP / Youssouf Bah)

Students at Université Barack Obama wash their hands in Conakry, Guinea, on June 13, 2015.

Obama hot sauce

Bottles of hot sauce named for President-elect Barack
(Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)

Bottles of hot sauce named for President-elect Barack Obama sit on display at Political Americana's inaugural store near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2008. The store also carried life-size photographic cutouts of Obama.

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