We all have to start somewhere, and for President Barack Obama it was a Baskin-Robbins shop in Honolulu, Hawaii. According to a Linkedin post, the President shared how his first job helped him learn valuable life skills, which in part, helped the former president of the United States launch the Summer Opportunity Project in 2016.
President Barack Obama Once Worked in a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Shop
"Rows and rows of rock-hard ice cream can be brutal on the wrists," he wrote. "As a teenager working behind the counter at Baskin-Robbins in Honolulu, I was less interested in what the job meant for my future and more concerned about what it meant for my jump shot."
"My first summer job wasn't exactly glamorous, but it taught me some valuable lessons," Obama said. "Responsibility. Hard work. Balancing a job with friends, family, and school."
Obama worked as an ice cream scooper during high school scooping our 31 flavors near his grandparent's house.
The Obamas Connection to Baskin-Robbins
After Obama left Hawaii and moved to Chicago, he didn't stay away from ice cream for long. In 1989 when they were just young people, Barack took future first lady Michelle Obama to the Baskin-Robbins at 53rd and South Dorchester where they ate ice cream on the curb and shared their first kiss.
"'On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate." President Barack Obama from an interview in O, The Oprah Magazine, Feb. 2007
What is Obama's favorite ice cream?
Unlike Joe Biden who proudly exclaims his love for ice cream, Obama shared that his taste for the sweet treat diminished after "one too many free scoops."