9 Presidents and the jobs that got them started

Obama worked for minimum wage or close to it, scooping ice cream and waiting tables. These eight former Presidents also started at the bottom before they took the highest office.

Obama: Ice cream scooper

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President Obama recently said in a magazine interview that he was paid minimum wage or close to it in his first four jobs.

He scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, worked as a painter and waited tables at an assisted living facility.

Obama spent one summer clearing construction sites on the Upper West Side when attending Columbia University.

While some Presidents (think Roosevelts, Bushes, JFK) are pretty well-off compared to the majority of people they're elected to represent, Obama is not alone. There are plenty of former commanders-in-chief who knew what it was like to work hard for low wages.

- Last updated July 03 2014 02:09 PM ET