Could this be Obama’s post-presidency job?

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    Words – Arielle Tschinkel

    With Barack Obama’s eight-year term at an end, it’s only natural that people are curious as to what the future holds for the former president of the United States. Especially as the Obamas have now moved into their new home and Michelle reportedly has her next career move already planned.

    According to podcast host and writer Natalia Brzezinski, Obama is waiting for a call from Spotify – and Spotify’s CEO is on board with the idea!

    Barack Obama did so many important (not to mention, historic) things during the past eight years, but one of our favourite things about him will always be his impeccable taste in music. And it seems the Obama agrees, reportedly joking to Brzezinski recently: ‘I’m still waiting for my job at Spotify…’cause I know y’all loved my playlist.’

    During a chat between Obama and Brzezinski and her husband, former Swedish ambassador Mark Brzezinski, the former POTUS joked about working for Spotify once he left the White House.

    Not only does Obama love Sweden (he reportedly also told the Brzezinskis, ‘I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favourite trip. I plan to go back there really soon.’), it seems he’s feeling a music career, and we are here for it.

    Obama has created multiple Spotify playlists over the years, and they’re all so good. His workout playlist, released last October, featured everyone from Icona Pop to Beyoncé, while also throwing it back with some Sting. His summer 2016 playlist was so bangin’ it gave one list for daytime and one for night-time, featuring everyone from the Beach Boys to Billie Holiday to Sara Bareilles.

    It turns out, Spotify would love to offer the former POTUS a pretty important position with the company. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek tweeted an open job posting, encouraging Obama to apply.

    The ‘President of Playlists’ role is a heady one, and has many responsibilities, including: providing ‘world-class leadership to playlist editors and supporting staff, identifying and substantiating new playlist ideas, e.g. from a playlist for shooting hoops with your friends, to the perfect warm up playlist for addressing the nation about health care legislation that bears your name.’ Of course, the candidate will also need to ‘attend daily briefings.’

    Obama is perfect for the role, since they’re looking for someone with ‘at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation.’ All he needs now is a good reference…

    From the editors of Hello Giggles

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