The former president shows his exquisite taste in music with songs by Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Megan Thee Stallion
2020 has been some of the most sucky years to come in recent times. We are facing disaster after disaster, and shocking reports of celebrity deaths are happening on the side. The opening event was the coronavirus pandemic which has now stopped us from venturing outside unless there’s a proper reason. So people are usually sitting at home and slowly losing their minds.
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Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of these dark times and build it back better. But here’s the thing: no single American can fix this country alone. Not even a president. Democracy was never meant to be transactional–you give me your vote; I make everything better. It requires an active and informed citizenry. So I am also asking you to believe in your own ability—to embrace your own responsibility as citizens—to make sure that the basic tenets of our democracy endure. Because that’s what at stake right now. Our democracy. Look, I understand why many Americans are down on government. The way the rules have been set up and abused in Congress make it easy for special interests to stop progress. Believe me, I know. I understand why a white factory worker who’s seen his wages cut or his job shipped overseas might feel like the government no longer looks out for him, and why a Black mother might feel like it never looked out for her at all. I understand why a new immigrant might look around this country and wonder whether there’s still a place for him here; why a young person might look at politics right now, the circus of it all, the meanness and the lies and crazy conspiracy theories and think, what’s the point? Well, here’s the point: this president and those in power—those who benefit from keeping things the way they are—they are counting on your cynicism. They know they can’t win you over with their policies. So they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter. That’s how they win. That’s how they get to keep making decisions that affect your life, and the lives of the people you love. That’s how the economy will keep getting skewed to the wealthy and well-connected, how our health systems will let more people fall through the cracks. That’s how a democracy withers, until it’s no democracy at all. We can’t let that happen. Do not let them take away your power. Don’t let them take away your democracy. Make a plan right now for how you’re going to get involved and vote. Do it as early as you can and tell your family and friends, too.
Enter Barack Obama. While this isn’t some world saving event, it’s still enjoyable and makes us a little less depressed. The former president shared his annual playlist on Monday, captioning it, “Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to music with my family. I wanted to share some of my favourites from the summer – including songs from some of the artists at this week’s @DemConvention. Hope you enjoy it.”
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Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to music with my family. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the summer––including songs from some of the artists performing at this week’s @DemConvention. As always, it's a mix of genres that travels through various eras. I think there's something in here for everybody––hope you enjoy it.
A trend starting from 2019
The playlist has Frank Ocean’s “Cayendo,” Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé’s “Savage Remix”, and Rihanna and Drake’s “Work.” Other songs include Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do,” The Chicks’ “Gaslighter,” which the lead singer Natalie Maines has used to speak up against president Trump for his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Five years ago today was a day I’ll never forget. After decades of protest, and organizing, and the determination of so many to never give up, the Supreme Court declared marriage equality a reality in America. As I made some comments in the Rose Garden, I looked at so many young members of my staff, and I noticed that they and all the people I saw on TV gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court shared the same expression on their faces: joy. Later that day, Michelle and I went to Charleston to remember the nine Black Americans who were murdered at Mother Emanuel church, and to reflect on the grace that community showed––and what it might mean if more of us found the courage to do the same. And as night fell at the White House, a spontaneous celebration popped up in Lafayette Park––a fitting end to a momentous week. It was a week of progress––of real reflection on the painful symbols of our past and continuing injustices today, in the battle for the right to health care, and in the struggle for full equality for every single American. A week of moments that should sustain us in our longer journey to make this country we love more perfect––and convince us that we can.
Obama had shared his playlist of favourite songs last year as well, and he may continue to do so for the years to come. Music lovers around the world will greatly appreciate it as there is always that great song you haven’t listened to yet.
For now, we can appreciate the little things before the pandemic lessens, and we can start hitting the dance floors once again, or attending live concerts.