Earlier this week, President Obama held a reception at the White House for the international ambassadors appointed during his presidency. While talking to former Swedish ambassador Mark Brzezinski about a recent Stockholm trip, the president apparently joked, “I’m still waiting for my job at Spotify…’cause I know y’all loved my playlist.”
Tonight President Obama invited all of the Ambassadors he personally chose to an intimate reception at the White House. I finally got the chance to thank him for the life-changing appointment to Sweden. He said word for word: "I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favorite trip. I plan to go back there really soon." I told him I have the perfect opportunity for him to come visit and he told me "to send him the details on Brilliant Minds." He also declared– "I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify… Cuz' I know y'all loved my playlist." I am still swooning. 😂😂😍🌟🌟 @barackobama @whitehouse ❤️. @symposiumsthlm So proud of Mark for serving this historic President with all his heart!! 🙏🏻🇺🇸
The comment surfaced in an Instagram account of the night from Brzezinski’s wife, writer and podcast host Natalia Brzezinski, who spoke glowingly about her encounter with the president. Obama’s 2016 Summer playlist for Spotify included contemporary tracks from Leon Bridges, Janelle Monae and Edward Sharpe, as well as classics by Nina Simone, the Beach Boys and Charles Mingus. In October, he dropped a playlist for the gym and he had another one back in 2012 during his campaign for re-election.
Obama’s use of Spotify is just one representation of his terms as president, the cool, calm and collected man that showed himself as a real human and earned respect around the world because of it. He has also been vocal in his support of modern hip-hop, naming Kendrick Lamar’s ‘How Much A Dollar Cost’ as his favourite song of 2015. A great choice considering it’s message about society, spirituality, generosity and greed.