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Barack Obama maintained his reputation as a "cool president" for eight years by making endless dad jokes, doing videos with Zach Galifianakis, hanging out with Justin Timberlake, and dropping multiple awesome Spotify playlists. Even though he's not in office anymore, Obama is still determined to maintain those cool vibes. The Obama Foundation, the foundation that Michelle and Barack Obama started at the end of his administration, dropped its first playlist on its website.
The 18-song playlist, "Hometown: A Collaborative Playlist," was curated with the help of a slew of Obama's notable pals, including Chance the Rapper, Bobbi Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Offerman, and Dan Aykroyd. Each song is dedicated to the city of Chicago, and each guest curator submitted a blurb about why he or she chose the song. Songs on the playlist include "Homecoming" by Kanye West, "Chicago" by Frank Sinatra, "Blessings" by Chance the Rapper, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Hudson, "Get Behind the Mule" and "Come on Up to the House" by Tom Waits, and "Go, Cubs, Go!" by Steve Goodman.
"We asked you to share songs that remind you of home and inspire you to be involved in your communities. From India to Indiana, you delivered," reads the description on the Obama Foundation's website. "Our first batch features Chicago, but over the next few weeks, we’ll add more and more songs that remind you of your hometown." The foundation then invites people to submit their own suggestions for its next playlist. "Tell us the name of a song that reminds you of your hometown," the website says. "Even better, tell us how it has inspired you to be active in your community."
The Obamas unveiled the Obama Foundation on Inauguration Day earlier this year in a video, where they expressed their desire for citizens to send them ideas and goals about what America can achieve together. Although the foundation hasn't been too active yet (the Obamas have been busy detoxing on a few vacations), this playlist project seems like the beginning of an inspiring, collaborative journey with the former POTUS and FLOTUS.
Listen to the playlist below.
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