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Obama’s ‘A Promised Land’ playlist is a perfect meme template

'Music has always played an important role in my life—and that was especially true during my presidency.'

Nov 18, 2020, 11:45 am*



Kahron Spearman

Former President Barack Obama just released the first of two volumes of his new memoirA Promised Land, which details his early life and first term as president.

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Volume One runs 768 pages, but he still came with much more to talk about, dropping a music playlist for the book. Playlists aren't uncommon for Obama or his wife Michelle, but this new list represents something more broad and unique.

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For the book release, he compiled songs that were "memorable" from his administration.

In a tweet, Obama described his A Promised Land playlist: "Music has always played an important role in my life—and that was especially true during my presidency. In honor of my book hitting shelves tomorrow, I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it."

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The diverse list is being critiqued in all directions, but was mostly memed, with people subtly and drastically switching out songs.

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Anil Dash was disappointed the playlist didn't have any selections from Prince's legendary discography.

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It was also time to bring back Obama's live musical exploits.

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People also took the liberty to lob some (perhaps earned) potshots.

Some detractors are killing the list out of some weird, self-righteous taste policing.

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Others have been unimpressed by the list.

Given the popularity of Obama's A Promised Land list, you can almost guarantee another playlist is coming with the second volume.

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*First Published: Nov 17, 2020, 1:45 pm