When you've been president of the United States, the options to move up are somewhat limited. You're looking for a horizontal move — at best — and often early retirement or side projects are the most you can hope for. But it seems President Barack Obama may have been offered the ultimate follow-up gig. You already know the commander in chief is a big music fan, and for the last few years, he's been giving suggestions via his very own White House Spotify playlists. Now he's been offered a job at the music service, and Obama becoming Spotify's "President of Playlists" would be a dream come true.
And I don't mean a dream come true for you if you're a major fan of his mixes, but actually for the president himself. He told the wife of the former U.S. ambassador to Sweden, Natalia Brzezinski, that he's a big fan of the country and that he'd like a job with the tech music giant. She wrote about it on Instagram. "I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify... Cuz' I know y'all loved my playlist!" he reportedly quipped.
Well, the folks at Spotify were listening, it seems, because they have written up the perfect job listing for Obama. First of all, the job title is awesome: "President of Playlists." And it's described as "overseeing our music curation and playlists team, across offices around the world." How cool does that sound? And obviously they need someone like Obama. They ask that candidates "have at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation."
And just in case some other world leader tries to edge him out, they ask for "good team spirit, excellent work ethic, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize." Not many of his fellow world leaders have that under their belt.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek even tweeted at Obama to give him a personal heads up about the listing, so I doubt any references are necessary. If they are, surely Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton could put in a good word. Or some sort of ABBA-themed Swedish playlist on the White House channel before the Inauguration could do the trick.
Spotify offers Barack Obama a job as 'President of Playlists' https://t.co/akZCLahv8D— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 10, 2017
Currently, Obama has a number of playlists out. If you haven't heard them, they're worth a listen. He has a holiday playlist from 2015 and four summer playlists from the last two years — one each for day and one for night. You can follow them here.
We may have to say goodbye to Obama, but he may be around in your earbuds for years to come.
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