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Barack Obama's height is 6ft 1in (185 cm)

American President. One newspaper seemingly asked his press office to which they said "roughly 6ft 1". In 2010 his whitehouse medical had him listed as 6ft 1 and 179.9 pounds (in shoes/clothes). The First Lady, Michelle Obama stated her height in Women's Health (2009): "I'm 5' 11'".
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guest says on 22/Mar/15
Just to illustrate how much the first daughters have grown in the past six years, here they are with George W. Bush in 2009: Click Here and now in 2015, standing eye to eye: Click Here
Stan says on 17/Mar/15
Rob should list obama at 6'1.5 he really make everyone look 1/2inch or full inch lower. Especially 6'0.5 bill clinton makes obama look 6'2 but i can't see any higher over 6foot for bill clinton
Tom says on 4/Mar/15
rob, how tall do you think sasha obama and malia obama is now? Malia was 5'9" in 2010,but i don't know how tall she is now, and sasha height was unknown so thanks!
[Editor Rob: Malia might be near 5ft 10, other girl close to 5ft 6.5, but I haven't looked greatly at them. I think Michelle is in the almost 5ft 11 category herself.]
MD says on 28/Feb/15
@Triplescrew, just so people aren't confused by your post, Stephen Curry was measured at 6'2" without shoes, so it was probably no need to muddle it by giving his NBA listing, too. That said, yes, Obama is easily 6'1" barefoot.
Triplescrew says on 26/Feb/15
Obama is an easy 6'1". Here he is with 6'2" Stephen Curry, looking nearly the same height:

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Curry is listed at 6'3" in the NBA:

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[Editor Rob: Curry might have slight camera advantage (he looks like leaning his body back/left a bit so it's not much compared to feet), but he has about 0.4in less footwear there.]
solid snake says on 21/Feb/15
you see already on youtube that obama is tall so 185cm barefoot and 187cm with occassionnal shoes but he looks like a tall skinny man but not to overreact. I'll admit that he is a very good,smart intelligent president for his country US until now.He takes immediately action all the time to prevent war with those who abuse the islam.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 21/Feb/15
Looks 187-188cm range in some pictures.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 20/Feb/15
Rob, have you checked out that link with his drivers license?

Looks legit to me
[Editor Rob: it's just adapted from the one McLovin used in the Superbad film.]
Bishop says on 20/Feb/15
With Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (don't know what heels she has but assuming 4 inch): Click Here
Andrea says on 20/Feb/15
He's a legit 6'1 but i wouldn't say over... Look at him with Kobe, he looks 6'1 at best!
Celebheights 6'1.5"-6'2" says on 20/Feb/15
His drivers license that says 6'1 1/2" (I don't know if it's real or not, but it looks somewhat legit):

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Celebheights 6'1.5"-6'2" says on 20/Feb/15
@Grizz I don't know. However, what I'm wondering is why it says '6'1 1/2? I had no idea that it was possible to do that on a drivers license, as most would just put down 6'2" instead? The number sort of implies that he was measured as that barefoot, but I thought that the DMV didn't measure people??
Bishop says on 19/Feb/15
I'm pretty sure Bill de Blasio had a measurement of 6'5 7/8".
joe 193cm night says on 17/Feb/15
if barack Obama is 6'1 Bill de Blasio is 6'5 strongClick Here
h p c m says on 16/Feb/15
so he's 6'1 in shoes ?
[Editor Rob: for a measurement I believe he'd have been out of shoes, but why they would take weight in shoes and not have his shoes off for a weight measurement is bizarre.]
grizz says on 15/Feb/15
@celebheights, hmm, interesting. How they measure people for drivers license-with or without shoes? If yes, then it'd make him 6'0.5 or 6'0.75. If without shoes, maybe he's actually 6'1,25in tall so they round it to 6'1,5.
Celebheights 6'1.5"-6'2" says on 15/Feb/15
His drivers license says that he's 6'1.5".
james says on 5/Feb/15
He's a solid 6'1 .just watch the town hall debate he had with 6'2 Mitt Romney almost equal in height with each other
Engineer says on 27/Jan/15
Nice photo
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Joe says on 27/Jan/15
Cameron is the same height as Obama who is 6'0.5". Some have made the silly claim that Obama is 6'1.5" or even 6'2" which is silly, some have even downgraded him to 5'11". Cameron only appears smaller because he his heavier and more round body than Obama. Obama is a slender man, his physical listed him at 179 pounds in clothes and shoes, which is fairly light. His actually height without his shoes is more like 6'0.5".
Judd says on 21/Jan/15
Obama at 5'11-6' is just ridiculous! He's an honest 6'1", and I wouldn't be surprised if he was measured at 6'1.25" and then dropped to 6'1"...
He's a tall man who always showed to be!
MD says on 12/Jan/15
@didhe, you sure about that? I remember him actually looking slightly shorter than Reinfeldt, and they met more than once.
didhe says on 10/Jan/15
6 1 1/2 - 6'2 He did edge out fredrik reinfeldt by half an inch... and he is 186-187 cm (6'1 1/4 minimum)
Jon says on 5/Jan/15
What would you say Obama's weight is Rob? The President is billed at 180 lbs but I have trouble believing that as he looks super slim. He was billed at 176 lbs in 2008 and he looks like he's lost weight since then.
[Editor Rob: could be 10 pounds less now, wouldn't surprise me.]
Andrea says on 5/Jan/15
He looks slightly shorter than The Rock... Of course, The Rock is not 6'3 and Obama is a genuine 6'1!
grizz says on 4/Jan/15
What hapenned to him? He looks like a skeleton on MD's photo
MD says on 2/Jan/15
Cameron is shorter. It's very slight, but it's notable. Anyway, here he is with 6'3" Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at TNT's televised Christmas at Washington program on December 14th:

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Not the best picture, but the president is at least his listed height.
Joe says on 30/Dec/14
The scales that doctors use to measure your weight also measure your height, most people usually remove their shoes before getting on the scale. I do not think Obama put his shoes off then put them on for his weight. The ideal body weight for a 6'1" man is around 185 pounds, so him being 179 pounds in shoes and clothes would mean he is probably weighing less. I measure at 6'0.5" in the morning, and my height only decreases slightly by bed time, but in my medical records the doctor has listed me as 6'1". David Cameron is 6'0.5" tall but in virtually all the photos of him with Obama the two men appear roughly equal in height, Cameron might appear "shorter" because he is a heavier man with a more round build.
American boy says on 28/Dec/14
You're right rob! I haven't seen that page until now! Thank you
American boy says on 27/Dec/14
hi rob, nice site! as american patriot i've a request: why you didn't reserve a page for FDR on this site? probably F.D. Roosevelt has been the greater president of our nation.

[Editor Rob: I do have him mentioned on another page Here, I believe somewhere around 6ft 1.5 for him.]
MD says on 22/Dec/14
I don't want to keep going through this, but the (with shoes and workout attire) is placed next to his weight and not his height. I'd think if it was for both, it'd have been something they'd mention in the summer before giving all of the numbers. This guy si 6'1", and at least 6'1".
Joe says on 19/Dec/14
Obama's White House medical report mentioned the exam was done with him wearing shoes which would have added an inch or half an inch to his height, so without shoes he is most likely 6'0.5" tall. I myself am that height and my doctor puts down that I am 6'1".
Joe says on 18/Dec/14
I went to my doctor's office and he put me on the scale barefoot and measured my height and weight, the height was at 72.5 inches and the weight was at 185 pounds. However when he was filling out my chart on his computer, he put down 6'1" instead of 6'0.5" because the computer rounded to the nearest even number. I would not be surprised if this was the case for Obama.

There are a lot of photos of Obama and Cameron and they appear to be equal in height, a few photos Obama might appear a wee bit taller, but is very small. David Cameron is 6'0.5" tall.
MD says on 15/Dec/14
Nope. He always, always looks just slightly taller than Cameron. Obama is not under 6'1".
Bishop says on 14/Dec/14
Michelle looks about the same height as Serena Williams:
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Joe says on 12/Dec/14
I think Obama is probably 6'0.5", why I believe this, in every photo with David Cameron, the current British prime minister, they stand virtually equal. David Cameron's official height is 184cm which is nearly 6'0.5". He also appears to be slightly bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger who at his age is now 5'11".
jamie179cm says on 6/Dec/14
i say Barack is 6ft 183cm because he looks barely taller than Michelle who i think is 179cm
Jon says on 19/Nov/14
Is it just me or has the President lost weight recently? Would 165 range be a better knock at the moment? Also what would you say his head size is Rob?
[Editor Rob: looks a normal range 9.25-9.5 for him.]
mike says on 11/Nov/14
Strong 6ft 1.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 3/Nov/14
187-188cm out of bed is probable
buckeye says on 1/Nov/14
He wears shoe uplifts to make him appear between 6-1 to 6-2, but in reality is just 5'11"
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 28/Oct/14
Rob, is 186cm possible for Obama?
[Editor Rob: I think he's as close to 6ft 1 as you can get, but whether he is just above or below is harder to really tell, he has generally good posture and his head isn't big, with a slim frame and big smile he can probably appear taller in person to people.]
tommy says on 28/Oct/14
he is only 23 feet tall that's all, he is as tall as a wall, that's all,
Judd says on 24/Oct/14
Yeah i think blood pressure, heart rate...are much important than height and weight measurement but it's however possible that they my life I have been measured few of times and at most I asked to be I said before, I have no doubt he's under 6'1"...he looks very tall to me
Judd says on 9/Oct/14
I'm not sure he has ever been measured (maybe doctors simply asked him how tall he is) but i'm sure he will be 6'1" if measured, too.
[Editor Rob:
I doubt for a physical examination they're not going to take weight, heart rate, blood pressure and then not measure him ;)

his weight though was taken with shoes/clothes See Here.
Andrea says on 7/Oct/14
He's one of the most genuine 6'1 you got on here... Perfect example of a 6'1 guy! The only guy who can make him look shorter than his listing is Big Kobe but hey he makes everybody shorter than their listings, if he really is only 194-195!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 6/Oct/14
Rob, has Obama claimed 6ft1 for himself?
[Editor Rob: it's his physical measurement while in office.]
Jessonei says on 17/Sep/14
Clearly shorter than the Dutch president who is about 189:

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I'd say 184-185.
Judd says on 16/Sep/14
until now i thought he was at least 6'1.25-5"...for sure he's nothing under 6'1"...
james says on 8/Sep/14
He's 6'0 barefoot
Van Flaark(Norway) says on 4/Sep/14
Jens Stoltenberg is 190cm 6'3"
Van Flaark(Norway) says on 4/Sep/14
Jens Stoltenberg is 190cm 6'3"
Normal Norman says on 29/Aug/14
6' 1" definitely. 2 inches on Gordon Brown (5' 11").
Greg says on 18/Aug/14
"Kerry has not lost much height. He is still AT LEAST 6'3", and clearly taller than the president"
I'm surprised at Kerry's height, but what a great pic for comparing heights - no monkey business with the image, it's an official Vatical pool photo. Kerry's at least 6'3" there. Pope looks none-too-pleased to be sandwiched between them :) ...I say that as both a Catholic and registered Democrat.
James B says on 14/Aug/14
186cm in his 20s
Joe says on 21/Jul/14
Barack looks 6'1 with 5'11.75 Chris paul
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Joe says on 12/Jul/14
If he's a measured 6'1, then Jay Z should be 6'2".
Brad says on 9/Jul/14
Shook his hand yesterday,6' 1.5". Measure his ears...big.
176,2Tunman says on 4/Jul/14
Kerry seems 6'2.5 if we assume that Dicaprio is closer to 5'11 than 6'.He seems more than a simple inch taller than Obama though.Obama is a solid 6'1 maybe 6'1.25 if Kerry turns to be 6'3 no more no less in my opinion.
grizz says on 26/Jun/14
I think he is 186 cm. He even slightly edges out 6ft2. Jackman, something that 185 cm guy could never manage., no matter how much slouched Jackman is.
He is 1 cm taller than Milanovic standing next to each other(Croatian PM), who I believe is 185 cm tall
cole says on 24/Jun/14
@Brad A: Well, here's Kerry with DiCaprio: Click Here
By my thinking of Leo being a 5'11 flat guy, I wouldn't say Kerry was more than 6'2.5.
He doesn't look much more than an inch taller than Obama either. Since Rob has Leo at 5'11.5, he'd say 6'3 was a fair shout for Kerry. But then I'd say Obama should maybe be 6'1.5.
JAJ says on 12/Jun/14
What? Doug Baldwin listed as 5'10"! Looks max 5'9" with Obama in that picture. Obama has some camera advantage of course.
176,2Tunman says on 16/May/14
Malia could be the same as her mother today but being nearly 16 she has probably stopped growing,so 5'10.5-11 is plausible.Obama looked nearly 7"taller than 5'6-7Hollande and nothing more than 4-5cm shorter than Kerry 185-6 or 6'1 is probably right for him.Funny thing is that he looked rather 183-4 with Kobe which makes me wonder if he isn't rather a strong 6'5 after all
strong says on 29/Apr/14
Here are their heights per observation:
Barack Obama: 184.5 cm
Mitt Romney Height: 186 cm
MD says on 17/Apr/14
No, Malia is not 6'0" and not even close, really.
J.J. says on 16/Apr/14
@MD you're are joking the girl is clearly 6'0" even. Consider her mum 5'10.5" or 5'10.75" & Malia still looks 6'0" tall

@Rob look out for 2014 photos for evidence! Thanks in advance Rob!
Sam says on 9/Apr/14
I actually read listing of 6'4.5" for John Kerry when he was running for president...maybe they wanted to get someone taller than Abe Lincoln, but it was not meant to be. I do think at peak Kerry could pass for almost 6'4".
scott says on 3/Apr/14
Obama looked very close in height to 6'2 David Ortiz.
MD says on 1/Apr/14
Malia is not even as tall are her mother, though close. There is no way Malia is 6'0" without shoes.

Kerry has not lost much height. He is still AT LEAST 6'3", and clearly taller than the president:

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J.J. says on 31/Mar/14
@Rob Height Alert! His daughter Malia is now clearly 6'0" check out their recent pictures from China visit

His youngest is also at close to 5'8" & only 12 years old!
Brad A. says on 31/Mar/14
Hey Rob, how tall do you think John Kerry is? He's listed as 6'4 in many places, but barely looks taller than Obama in most pictures I've seen. My guess for him is 6'2, maybe 6'2 and a half.
[Editor Rob: 6ft 3 might be possible for John ]
KROC says on 27/Mar/14
Kobe really is the height that his wife measured him at. So that would probably make Obama 6'0.75 or "roughly 6'1"
Brad A. says on 27/Mar/14
I think he's 6'0 without shoes. He's thin and wears dress shoes a lot so he seems taller
Andrea says on 25/Mar/14
Ahah, Rob, you're a funny man. You confuse people who dont know your jokes! Was he really MEASURED 6'1? He does look near 6'1 for sure, always a chance of being a bit under that mark... I doubt he was measured exactly 6'1 xD I just hope it wasnt a measuremen performed
by G. There are many pics with Kobe, who's supposed to have been measured too, at 6'4.75. And i do think there are at least 4 inches between them, but then again Kobe can look taller than that with many celebrities...
[Editor Rob: the site has to have a bit of humour, sometimes of course it will fly over people's heads though...I guess just like how the stadiometer - when sitting at 5ft 8 - also flies completely above G's head!

Kobe has a high eyelevel I think for his height, but I can believe Obama being very close to 6ft don's barefoot]
john says on 24/Mar/14
So is obama really 5 ft 10 then, but just wears lifts? im confused, becuase if hes 6 ft 1 in shoes and everything, why do you list him at 6 ft 1, but you mentioned below he send you a letter saying he is 5 ft 10.5
[Editor Rob: it was a joke reply.

Obama is a true measured 6ft 1...on his tip toes.]
MD says on 13/Mar/14
@Andrea, it's not like their is a video or anything, but de Blasio's office did say that they measured him at six-five and five seven-eighths. I believe them, as he's clearly taller than a flat six-five. It'd be weird to make up a height to that degree of certainty.
Andrea says on 12/Mar/14
Did he really got measured? xD
I found 6'5 too and i always thought he was taller than that... He does look huge. I saw something on tv some time ago and i thought he was easily 6'7... So, he's basically a weak 6'6. In that pic he looks at least 5 inches taller than Obama
Mr. R says on 12/Mar/14
@Editor Rob Hahahaha
MD says on 11/Mar/14
Rob, you are the best. lol

@tb, the New York Times did an entire piece on de Blasio's height on February 1st. Apparently, he's been telling everyone he's 6'5", but after many inquiries of people doubting he was telling the truth (every seemed to have agreed he looked taller), his office actually measured him and he came out at 6'5-7/8". He's nearly an inch taller. lol
yaris says on 9/Mar/14
He was listed as 5'10 when he was a seneator,he wears elevator shoes
[Editor Rob: yeah, he asked me for advice years ago, still got an email from 2005:

"Hey Rob, cool site. Thinking of running for President soon, I can't afford leg lengthening so what shoes would you recommend as I want to appear to the public over 6ft and I'm only 5ft 10.5 :(

Later, B."
tb says on 8/Mar/14
Obama with 6'5'' Bill de Blasio (probably a very strong 6'5'')

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Anonymous25 says on 2/Mar/14
6'1 at absolute minimum. He looks it next to strong 6'3 combine measured Vernon Davis
truth says on 12/Feb/14
he is 6ft1 on the dot, no more.
avi says on 23/Jan/14
@Seahawksfan says on 10/Jan/14
John Kerry is 6'4" actually, and here's a photo with him:

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He looks 6'2.5" there!!!!

he SAYS he is 6'4 which may mean 6'3 area.
MD says on 16/Jan/14
No, the physical says he was weighed in shoes and with clothes. They'd have put that by the height, too (the shoes part, anyway. lol), if that had been the case.

But, more than that and even if by some bizarre off chance they did say he was measured in shoes, it's clear he's taller than 6'0", because he's noticeably taller than Bill Clinton, who is no more than a solid 6'0", these days, taller than David Cameron, and after the 2012 election where Obama invited him to the White House, looked maybe just a half-inch shorter than Mitt Romney, who is listed at 6'2", but maybe more like 6'1.5".
Daniele says on 13/Jan/14
He has been measured 6ft 1" by his whitehouse medical with shoes on. There's no possibility he's even a hair over 6ft 1". Remember that he's the US president, the most powerful man all over the world, hundreds of people don't think to nothing but making him look as well as possible. The difference between Lebron and Obama is so big that it's impossible to give an accurate estimate. I'd rather consider the pick with him and Russel Westbrook (6'2"). He's 6ft 0.5 at best, more likely a strong 6ft. Why should his medical says he's shorter than he really is?
MD says on 12/Jan/14
Ridiculous. Neither he nor his people has ever claimed anything over 6'1". That said, he's definitely a strong 6'1" meaning he wakes up above 6'1". Of that, I am sure.
Mathew says on 11/Jan/14
Seahawksfan says on 10/Jan/14
He looks 6'2.75" by 6'8.5" Lebron James:

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I think that 188 CM fits him.


Lebron is 6'7.25" barefoot.
Peyman says on 8/Jan/14
6ft 1in bare foot
that's out of question
Rob, do you know John Kerry?
How tall do you think he is? 189?
jordan says on 5/Jan/14
lol at people giving him 5'11". I've seen pics of him with people I know in person and at his minimum he's 6'1, likely 6'1.5 in the morning
avi says on 25/Dec/13
@MD says on 7/Dec/13

Leno is way more bent. Look at his back. But Obama at 6'1 is fair though he could be 6'1.2 no more
MD says on 20/Dec/13
I was thinking something similar, Alex. Obama is ever-so-slightly hunched over in that pic. That said, not really knowing the height of the former Norwegian PM, there is no way of really knowing, but Obama is a very strong 6'1". If he's not 6'1.5", it's completely possible he's 6'1.25".
Alex says on 19/Dec/13
Obama actually looks like he'd be taller than Jens if he stood straight. Don't be fooled by his long chin.

6'1.5'' is definitely possible for him.
cole says on 18/Dec/13
@Rhino: 6'1.5 is out of the question. With former Norwegian prime-minister Jens Stoltenberg, who is about 186 cm range, maybe 187 (my cousin got a pic with him, and he didn't look the 188 cm which has been suggested in the past, next to her), Obama looked a tad shorter. Generally he always gives a 6'1 impression from what I can see, and with the measurement of 6'1 from his medical - 6'1 seems spot on.

With Jens: Click Here
Rhino says on 15/Dec/13
He is 6'1.5. End of discussion.
MD says on 7/Dec/13
Huh? They both have one leg bent and one leg straight.
Kar says on 6/Dec/13
Hes 6'1. Just accept it people.
avi says on 5/Dec/13
Not bad terrible picture! Leno is slanting losing so much height while Obama is on a full push upwards.
MD says on 20/Nov/13
With Jay Leno:

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Not the best picture consider both are losing height with leans and leg lifts and such, but what the picture does display is just how high over the average American height he is. He is at least as tall as he is listed.
Joe says on 17/Nov/13
Looks around 6'1'' next to 6'3.25'' measured Vernon Davis.

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Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 17/Nov/13
According to old medical records when he was Senator Obama, he was measured at 187.5cm. Probably taken in the morning but either way, he's not not less than this listed height. Might even be a strong 6ft1, Rob?
LG69 says on 7/Nov/13
6'1' 180 lbs with shoes/clothes, so he's probably 6'0 175 without anything on.
KROC says on 6/Nov/13
Definitely 6'1 at minimum. He makes that height look very impressive.
77Stan says on 4/Nov/13
@enthuseddan, we use laser to measure height at hospital or physical examination centers. At home, I used a book and a tape measure.
Randomgirl says on 14/Oct/13
This is correct, met him almost 7 years ago now with a friend who is 6'2 and I remember he was slightly taller than Obama, then again they both tower over me so maybe my perspective was not the best.
Rusty says on 13/Oct/13
I used to see 6'1.5" and 6'2" listings for this guy before his election. Strong 6'1" for certain. His lanky build can make him look taller.
cole says on 27/Sep/13
James says on 12/Feb/13
Why does he look 5'11 next too 6'4 Kobe Bryant?

Kobe Bryant is 6'6, and Barack looks every bit of 6'1 next to him.
Lorne says on 24/Sep/13
People, Bryant is a solid 6ft5. Just because his wife "measured" him, doesn't make it accurate. IMO, he edges out Michael Jordan who measured 6ft5.88 olympics. He looks 6ft5.5 in many pics, looks at least 4.5 inches taller than 185cm Steve Nash. Yeah, Kobe solid 6ft5. All day long. So that's why Obama looks at least 4 inches shorter...
Pascal 5 10 says on 13/Sep/13
As listed for sure.
John95 says on 4/Sep/13
Call me troll but I think Barack is only 5'11.75 - 6'0. He doesn't look 6'1 at all to me. Michelle is 5'10.5.

And Barack is in Sweden today. Woho:)
jam says on 23/Aug/13
Michelle is 5'11? Holy crap she is tall.
Alex says on 23/Aug/13

I don't think most adults get their barefoot height measured very often. Many people probably haven't had their height measured since their last physical in their late teens. A lot of people will assume they grew an extra inch or two since then. Also, a lot of doctors measure people with shoes on (my last three doctors all did).

So, yes, I do think most people's barefoot heights are likely 1-2 inches shorter on average than what they honestly believe their heights to be. (And by that, I mean what height they believe they are deep down, not what they publicly report.)
Rusty says on 22/Aug/13

most people do know their barefoot heights, at least in america we get measured at the doctor's office. most people go there before work in the morning or in the afternoon. the office has closed by early evening so people will get either a morning or perhaps an early afternoon measurement barefoot. whether they are honest or not and choose to inflate the measurement they got is another story
Rusty says on 22/Aug/13

Obama looks taller because of his lanky build and when he is standing alone the camera can film at angles that make him look taller. You can make someone look any height you want. They made 6'1" john rhys davies look like a midget in LOTR for his role as gimli
Lo sgozzatore says on 20/Aug/13
Well, beside Kobe Bryant, who's supposed to have been measured 6'4.75, he can look between 4 and 5 inches shorter! But I still think he's a legit 6'1
Viper says on 19/Aug/13
lol, Obama doesnt look 6'2 or 6'2
JAM says on 19/Aug/13
Yeah he is a confirmed 6'1 Standing next to 6 feet Bill Clinton he is clearly an inch taller.
Lurk says on 11/Aug/13
185 cm looks correct for Obama. @ Rob: how tall would you say Joe Biden is? Looks slightly shorter than the President.
Alex says on 10/Aug/13
Obama looks closer to 6'2'' or even 6'3'' around most people, but when he's around measured NBA players (Wade 6'3.5'', Lebron 6'7.25'', Kobe ~6'5''), it's clear he's a solid 6'1''.

I think this is a case of him being in honest about his height in a world where most men add one or two inches (especially in politics). Most people's barefoot heights are shorter than they think, and Obama is probably one of the rare few who is accurate about it.
enthuseddan says on 9/Aug/13
I had a question, how do you meassure your height exactly ?

When i do it i get 178 179 , when my doctor meassured it was once 178 an other doc meassured 180 , but this was in iran , in sweden i was messured 181, so whih one is it ????
I am really confused !
Little help ?
SolidSnake says on 9/Aug/13
Politician heights are certainly prone to inflation. I believe Obama is a legit 6'1" but John key (new Zealand prime minister) is listed as 5'11". If you see the pictures of him next to Obama it's clear he's about 4 inches shorter, making him a real 5'9" or so
Knowitall says on 25/Jul/13
He's at least six one. Could even be six two. Very tall and quite thin.
Sam says on 22/Jul/13
5'10" is ludicrous. He met some of my family members, with some poor pictures taken, and there is pretty much no way he's under 6'1".
averagegiant says on 21/Jul/13
what if rob isn't really 5'8? the sky is falling
Balrog says on 21/Jul/13
Strong and solid 6'1'' could buy 186 cm for him too.
teej says on 21/Jul/13
In 2008 in the run up to election obama was listed as 5'10.. He wears heels.
Craig 177 says on 3/Jul/13
185 cm is right on the money Rob!
Jax says on 3/Jul/13
@ken here in germany you aint tall at 180cm dude...just average for men under 35
Late 187cm says on 18/Jun/13
If he's brushing 6'2(188cm) out of bed he shouldn't drop below 186cm at his lowest.
Although I believe 185cm night, or low, height is fairly accurate.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 18/Jun/13
Around 185-186cm and 6ft1.5in(187cm) in the morning
[Editor Rob: he might brush near 6ft 2 mark out of bed]
ken says on 16/Jun/13
tall men are above 180cm
avi says on 12/Jun/13
@Arch Stanton says on 8/Dec/12
remember De niro is 5'8 zone and in that picture she has her hair up a bit and still Obama is a bit taller so she is probably 5'10.5 barefoot and in heels maybe 6'1.5
avi says on 12/Jun/13
6'1 is about right i'd say. Kobe seems to have 4 inches on him maybe more. Kobe must be 6'5 flat then. nothing else would make sense unless obama really is under 6'1...
teej says on 4/Jun/13
Lol its funny how barack obamas height was listed as 5ft10 before he got elected, now hes 6ft1. He wears heels.
Johno says on 21/May/13
He doesn't dip below the strong 6'4 kobe bryant in most shots.

Kobe pushes him into the lower end of 6'0 but not below. There is between 4 - 4.5 inches between kobe and obama.

Kobe 6'4.75
obama 6'0.25 - 6'0.5 with kobe
Johno says on 21/May/13
He doesn't dip below the strong 6'4 kobe bryant in most shots.

Kobe pushes him into the lower end of 6'0 but not below. There is between 4 - 4.5 inches between kobe and obama.

Kobe 6'4.75
obama 6'0.25 - 6'0.5 with kobe
Lomax says on 25/Apr/13
Always though he was 5'10"
Lenad is sexy says on 23/Apr/13
well I'm gonna vote for 6'1 max in the next election
John says on 15/Apr/13
Hes 184, jayz is 186
Ripped says on 17/Mar/13
The fact of the matter is,if obama is 6.1 the he would be listed as 6.2.a great height to have.he is the type of man who is very conscious of his height.So I say he is no more than 5.11- 6.00.probably a 6 footer looks 6.2 with well heeled' shoes.
Chainsaw says on 14/Mar/13
He's tall alright. I think he's 6' or 6'1". My opinion!
TallJohn says on 3/Mar/13
In the picture with De Niro, Barack looks like he's at least 7" than 5'9" Bruce Springsteen
Mr-KILLER-SHRIMP says on 27/Feb/13
6' on the dot.
Anonymous says on 21/Feb/13
Kobe Bryant is 6'5", so are Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan, enough said,
SolidSnake says on 19/Feb/13
Kobe is nearer 6'5''. Like 6'4.75''. I thought Obama still held his own looking at least 6'
Voiceless Dental Fricative says on 15/Feb/13
If you need any more proof that sometimes politicians have their heights embellished you need look no further then Obama with "5'11"" Chris Christie
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James says on 12/Feb/13
Why does he look 5'11 next too 6'4 Kobe Bryant?
lolo says on 7/Feb/13
weird because he looks barely shorter than supposed 6'4 john kerry
185-186 says on 19/Jan/13
Obama 186 cm peak now about 185 cm or a bit more i think.
Matheuscore says on 11/Jan/13
184-185cm. (6'0.5 6'1)
Arch Stanton says on 8/Dec/12
Michelle Obama's brother

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Looks every inch of 6'6 proportionally in my opinion.
Arch Stanton says on 8/Dec/12
Michelle Obama's brother I read is 6 ft 6, so she's got some very tall genes in her family.
Arch Stanton says on 8/Dec/12
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Look at the height difference between her and De Niro. Michelle Obama has got to be a legit 5 ft 11 in heels here, she looks 6 ft 3 here. Rob do you think The First Lady looks a legit 5 ft 11 woman?
[Editor Rob: she looks near her claim]
Ace says on 5/Dec/12
Greenbolt, there is zero photographic evidence to indicate that Barack Obama is anything less than 6'0.5 inches tall, and is most likely in the 6'1-6'1.5 range.
Mr-KILLER-SHRIMP says on 15/Nov/12
I agree with Greenbolt's estimate, the president is around 6'0" (183cm), maybe 6'0.5" (184cm) MAX. British PM David Cameron is a fraction shorter. I would estimate Cameron at 5'11.75" (182-183cm).
marla singer says on 10/Nov/12
Obama looks a strong 6 ft 1. He towered over queen Elizabeth II who isn't 5 ft 4 AT ALL... Click Here considering how tiny she looked next to the Obamas she must be no more than 5 ft 1 nowadays. Obama is 6 ft 1.5 with shoes on, but Elizabeth wears minimum 2in heels so there are effectively way more than just 9 inches between them
Greenbolt says on 7/Nov/12
The logic everyone is using here is incredibly fallacious; it's the same logic that everyone applies when judging other celebrities' heights as well: "Well, see, Jay Z is 6'2'' and Jonathan Ross only looks a half inch shorter." But how do you know Jay Z is 6'2''? The response will be something like "Oh, because he stood next to David Duchnovy who is 6'0'' and Jay Z had two inches on him." And this process based on unproven assumptions goes on and on with each person's supposed height being based on the supposed height of someone else.

The only way to know how tall any of these people are is if Rob took a photo with them since we know exactly how tall Rob is. Or if they stood next to someone who took a photo with Rob.

Anyway, I'd estimate Barack Obama's height at 5'11.75''. Everyone seems to be thinking he's taller than that, but 5'11.75'' actually isn't a stretch at all when you consider that the world is filled with people who claim two inches taller than they really are.
Ajax says on 7/Nov/12
I had a chance to meet Obama and take a photo with him. I'm exactly 5'11.5 barefoot -- he is barely taller than me and maybe had 1 inch (we were both wearing dress shoes, so I'm assuming shoe advantage was a wash)... I'd say 6'0.5 is probably more likely.
logan noll 1996 says on 28/Oct/12
Romney doesn't look like the kind of guy who's shrunk. Not all people shrink. Maybe he didn't claim 6'2, someone else could've claimed that. He didn't look like a 60ish person to me, I thought he was in his 40s.
Joki says on 27/Oct/12
You guys are all getting it wrong. Obama's real height is 184cm(6'0.5). Just look at the picture of him with David Cameron who's 183~4cm for sure.

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Now, look how Romney stands next to Cameron.

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I would say they are about the same height or Romney has a 1cm advantage over Cameron.

That puts Romney just at 6ft1 mark, which seems appropriate since he's a fairly old man now and has probably lost an inch from his peak height which was probably around 6ft2 or slightly less. And that also explains why Obama and Romney seemed just about the same size at the presidential debates. They are both around 6'1 tall or could be even marginally shorter than that.
Jordan says on 25/Oct/12
President Obama (6' 1 and a half) and Gordon Gecko look the same height; however, Obama's class gives him an advantage over the wanna-be.
John says on 23/Oct/12
Height here is accurate. Romney is 6'1.5...they look the same or Obama is even slightly taller but then Romney stands straight and you can see a slight edge to him. Romney was probably 6'2 peak.
Ayzzz says on 23/Oct/12
6ft 1in.. He's tall.
Sen says on 21/Oct/12
Agreed. Obama is a strong 6 ft 1, Romney 6 ft 1.5.
Larc-186.7cm-188.6cm says on 20/Oct/12
Obama is 6'1 and Romney 6'1.5.
Romney is also 65y, so there's a very good chance that he was even taller when he was younger (6'2-6'2.25 peak is possible).
Brad says on 18/Oct/12
6'1" is right for Obama. He is regularly taller than the average person in large crowds. He can seem taller due to his slender build. Romney seems .5-1 in taller in both debates. If you can visibly see a difference in height there is usually around an inch. Despite what many say on here you cannot discern 1/8 or 1/4 inch difference due to shifting weight, stance, tissue compression etc. no way. 6'1" is just right.
Printer Dave says on 17/Oct/12
Obama does wear lifts. Different sizes depending on who he's meeting with. I know somebody that travels with him and confirmed it. He always wants to appear a little taller if possible.
Tony says on 16/Oct/12

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His cardboard cutout is 6'2 most likely whathe is inshoes, I'd say weak 6'2 is accurate
joe says on 11/Oct/12
Mitt Romney's most recent physical exam revealed he is 73.5 inches tall. Obama is about 73, so especially in dress shoes, the two will look within .25 inches of each other.
Spencer says on 8/Oct/12
I think Romney is just under 6'2 and Obama is 6'1 even
C10Tim says on 7/Oct/12
looked about 2'6" next to Romney after the first debate
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover says on 7/Oct/12
"Mitt Romney's height is 6 ft 1.75 in (187cm)"
Greenbolt says on 7/Oct/12
MD says on 5/Oct/12
There is no way I'm going to give either of them under 6'1". They consistently both look taller than simply above average.

6'0'' is merely 'above average'? In order to be consistent you'd have to say 5'6'' is simply under average.
TheExtra says on 6/Oct/12
President Romney and ex-president Obama did look the same height. Maybe Barry was cheating with lifts since he didnt want to appear shorter than 'the real president'- Mr.Romney. The bottom line is this- after the debate Romney appeared about 7'2" and the big time loser of the debate appeared about 5'2".
Duhon says on 6/Oct/12
Romney is 65. So perhaps a peak 6'2" current 6'1.25"-6'1-5" and 6'1" for obama.
Mathew says on 6/Oct/12
Obama is 6'1" and Romney is 6'1.5". It's evident when they are next to each other that they are pretty near in height.
rob89 says on 4/Oct/12
Uh DLT, they look pretty much exactly the same height in that photo, both around 6'1" probably. I can't see how you could possibly see a difference between them there, taking Romney's hair into account.
Greenbolt says on 4/Oct/12
I've come to the conclusion that 'measured' height does not necessarily mean the person is that height since they could have very well been measured in the morning; also, errors can be made, and round ups to the nearest half inch are common. If we can't trust Romney's measured height, then why should we trust Obama's?

They looked exactly the same height to me in the debate when they shook hands.

6'0.25'' for both of them.
DLT says on 4/Oct/12
SUrley this should settle it?

Obama 6ft 1
Romney (as previously measured) ~6ft 1 1/2 to 2

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Jack says on 4/Oct/12
@noko Mitt Romney looks 184 cm next to him. Saakashvili is more like 189-190 cm not 6'5" as listed.
noko says on 3/Oct/12
He's taller than "6'2" Romney
He's taller than "6'2" Stephen Harper
and almost as tall as 6'3" Prince William
and almost as tall as 6'5" Saakashvili
Duhon says on 30/Sep/12
@Greenbolt Michael was not measured at 6'4.75" either. In fact ron has since listed him at 6'5" so unless you want to cast credibility issues on rob now i would refrainn from continually throwing out heigths as if they were written in stone.

And yes this site relies largely on photo comaprisons and we base that on the assumed height of the celebrities. So the onus is on YOU to prove that michael phelps is not 6'3" and kobe is not at least 6'5" and obama is not 6'1" and linking to message boards certainly doesn't prove anything.

We do know however that dwyane wade was measured at a barefoot height of 6'3.75" and kobe certainly appears taller than 3/4" next to him.Click Here

It's obvious you are trying to downgrade any celebrity obama has appeared in photos with just to downgrade him.
Greenbolt says on 29/Sep/12
Duhon says on 28/Sep/12
@Greenbolt kob ehas never been officially measured at 6.4.75". The closest to evidence of that we have is an anecdote of his wife measuring him at that height. Which is likely not the most scientific of measurements. Kobe looks a strong 6'5" next to most people especially 6'3" michael phelps.

The logic you're applying here is fallacious; it's the same logic that everyone seems to apply here when judging celebrities' heights: "Well, see, Jay Z is 6'2'' and Jonathan Ross only looks a half inch shorter." My reply is usually along the lines of, "But how do you know Jay Z is 6'2''?" The response will be something like "Oh, because he stood next to David Duchnovy who is 6'0'' and Jay Z had two inches on him." And this process based on unproven assumptions goes on and on with each person's supposed height being based on the supposed height of someone else.

There are really only two ways to know how tall any of these people are:

1. Rob took a photo with them; since we know exactly how tall Rob is. Or if they stood next to someone who took a photo with Rob.

2. They've been measured.

If Kobe's measurement 'doesn't count' in your mind then does that mean you're going to throw any measurement out the window that isn't recorded on a stadiometer at the doctor's office? Rob has actually made a case for the aerosal can method being more accurate than a stadiometer, so recording your height at home is not necessarily an unreliable measurement. But yeah, I'll concede that measuring at home can be slightly inaccurate if you don't know what you're doing. However, it's far less arbitary and much more concrete than the usual alternative method of estimating a particular celeb's height on this site, which involves an endless chain of guessing the celeb's height based on comparing him/her with someone else, who's height is also guessed based on a comparison with someone else, etc. For example, you have to assume Michael Phelps is 6'3'' to draw the conclusion that Kobe is a strong 6'5'', since Kobe is a little more than two inches taller. But then Phelps' supposed height of 6'3'' is based on comparisons with people like Eli Manning, for example, who's assumed to be 6'4'', with Manning edging out Phelps by an inch. The fallaciousness is obvious here, and an actual measurement of height, while prone to slight errors, is definitely a much more substantial and evidential route to finding someone's actual height.

And I've heard Kobe has claimed "6'4.5'', so I'm willing to bet that's the height he was measured at by his wife:

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It was Michael Jordan that got measured at 6'4.75''; I got them mixed up, which I guess isn't a hard thing to do. 6'4.5'' fits for Kobe too, because Jordan usually looks a hair taller than Kobe in photos. To say Kobe and MJ are taller than this would be to say they are downgrading their height, which virtually no one does in; it would also mean making the ludicrous claim that they both somehow under-measured by the exact same amount.

In conclusion, Obama comes up to a little below Kobe eye level, so bearing in mind that there is a very strong case for Kobe being 6'4.5'', Obama is roughly 5'11.75''.
Greenbolt says on 28/Sep/12
MD says on 28/Sep/12
There is no way he's under what he's listed. He's one of the few that has claimed his actual height from what I've been able to tell. He doesn't ever just look a bit over average in big crowds; he routinely looks at the start of tall.

Seeing that the average American man is 5'9'', a 6'0'' man will appear tall without question. So Obama could very well be under his listed height and still be tall.
Duhon says on 28/Sep/12
@Greenbolt kob ehas never been officially measured at 6.4.75". The closest to evidence of that we have is an anecdote of his wife measuring him at that height. Which is likely not the most scientific of measurements. Kobe looks a strong 6'5" next to most people especially 6'3" michael phelps.
Greenbolt says on 26/Sep/12
6'3 guy says on 31/Aug/12
I think obamas height is 184, don't consider him tall. For me tall is 6'3 and further up.

So what's the start of short to you?

Anyway, to get on topic I think those pics of Barack Obama and Kobe are telling. I'm not sure where on earth people are getting the idea that there's four inches difference between Obama and Kobe because Obama doesn't even reach Kobe's eye level. I have absolutely no idea where people are getting the four inch difference from. Kobe has been measured at 6'4.75'', so that makes Obama 5'11.75''. Jay-Z is listed at 6'2'', but 99 out of 100 celebs are shorter than their listed height... personally, Jay-Z looks 6'0.5'' or so in most photos, and when you take into account the posture advantage he has over Obama then he looks about 0.75'' taller, so everything fits.

Barack Obama's height: 5'11.75''.
joe joe says on 21/Sep/12
here is barack with 187 listed jay-z. what do you think?

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joe joe says on 21/Sep/12
@6'3 guy considering being 6'1 man makes you an 85 percentile meaning you are taller than 85% of the male population on the planet I think you are being a little naive thinking tall is only 6'3 and up. Im 6'1 and around 189 in my nike airs and i'm usually taller than most guys at work and once in a while a 6'3 or 6'4 cat turns up and I learn how others feel to get towered lol. you do know the average height for western males is 5'9/5'10. thats just a fact opinions aside. therefore commons sense would say reasonably tall is 6ft/6'1 tall would be 6'2/6'3 and very tall would be 6,4 and upwards.
Larc-186.7cm-188.6cm says on 19/Sep/12
No way under 185cm, the guy is tall, and a strong 6'1.
Jack says on 6/Sep/12
Her wife really looks near 5'11"..
Duhon says on 31/Aug/12
@MS The fact is most people in society simply go by the heights they get at the doctor. Unlike many on this site perhaps very few people have measured themselves at multiple times of day. The average person who is measured at let's say 6.075" would likely refer to themselves as 6'1'' or near 6'1".
6\'3 guy says on 31/Aug/12
I think obamas height is 184, don't consider him tall. For me tall is 6'3 and further up.
MS says on 6/Aug/12
I'm with 5'11.5" (182) as a lower minimum, and maybe even as low as 5'11.25" (181 cm) right before bed is not impossible. That physical that lists him at 185 cm (6.075") was most likely a morning measurement standing military straight. I'm 181-182 cm for most of the day but can reach 185-186 cm range standing at my absolute best posture in the morning.

Also, he wears massive dress shoes most of the time that comfortably put him in the 187-188cm which would be the heel advantage of most legit 185 cm guys in most regular shoes.
avi says on 31/Jul/12
@Nick says on 13/Jun/12
Reinfeldt has an advantage there but yes there probably is around .5 or .75 difference. whats funny is he has a german name...Wonder if his father is german and mother is swedish...anyway he didnt lose height at 46.
SoMe guy says on 25/Jul/12
Exactly the same height as jimmy fallon on his music special
Nick says on 13/Jun/12
6'1 for Obama seems legit. Here's a picture I've recently found of him with the Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (6'2 feet tall). Click Here Although, I wouldn't be too surprised if Fredrik had lost some height by now.
henry says on 8/Feb/12
he listed sometimes 5'11.5..
gvigo says on 5/Feb/12
Spanish prime mimister is 1'84, so Obama is 1.85-1.86,see here Click Here
Silent d says on 24/Jan/12
Michelle obama is 182cm so barack is 185cm easy. Jay z is a little taller.
Spencer says on 22/Jan/12

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