Barack Obama reveals 'A Promised Land' playlist featuring memorable songs from his administration
Former President Barack Obama has curated the perfect playlist on the eve of the release of his new book, A Promised Land, the first volume of his memoir.
On Monday, Obama shared his "A Promised Land" playlist on Twitter, featuring songs from Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Eminem, Fleetwood Mac, and more. "Music has always played an important role in my life — and that was especially true during my presidency," he wrote in the tweet. "In honor of my book hitting shelves tomorrow, I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it."
Check out the full track list for the playlist below and listen to the playlist here:
Obama's memoirs will be released as two volumes through Crown, an imprint of Penguin. The first, the 768-page A Promised Land, will hit shelves on Tuesday, Nov. 17. A date for Vol. 2 has not been revealed.
"I've spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in A Promised Land I've tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it; my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made; and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still," Obama said in a statement per the Associated Press.
According to a description of the book, A Promised Land will shed light on Obama's thoughts on assembling his cabinet, handling the global financial crisis, dealing with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, securing the Affordable Care Act, clashing with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackling Wall Street reform, responding to Deepwater Horizon, and authorizing Operation Neptune's Spear, which led to the death of Osama bin Laden.
"In the book, I've also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows," Obama said. "And finally, at a time when America is going through such enormous upheaval, the book offers some of my broader thoughts on how we can heal the divisions in our country going forward and make our democracy work for everybody — a task that won't depend on any single president, but on all of us as engaged citizens."