Just ahead of the release of his new memoir “A Promised Land“, former President Barack Obama shares a playlist of songs that inspired him during his historic presidency.
There are a number of things that have made Obama’s presidency memorable, but one of those things is music.
“Music has always played an important role in my life and that was especially true during my presidency,” Obama shared via Twitter on Monday (Nov 16). “In honor of my book hitting shelves tomorrow, I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it.”
The playlist includes a wide range of artist and various genres, including Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, JAY-Z, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Phillip Phillips, Sade, Stevie Wonder, and U2.
On Saturday, the former president took to Instagram to honor his wife Michelle, and their two daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19. In the tribute to his family, Obama dedicates his new memoir to them.
“The fact that my own father was largely absent from my childhood helped shape my ideas about the kind of father I intended to be,” he says “When Malia was born, I made a promise to myself that my kids would know me, that they’d grow up feeling my love keenly and consistently, knowing that I’d always put them first,”
“We’d eat some good meals and catch up on our days,” he wrote. “That was one of the best parts of living above the store, as I sometimes called it. Seeing them grow up into the intelligent, strong, and compassionate young women they’ve become has been the greatest joy of my life.”
“I’m reminded constantly that there’s no place in the world I’d rather be than with Miche and our girls and it’s why I’ve dedicated my memoir to them.”
A Promised Land is now available for purchase in stores and online.