The POTUS Picks – Obama’s 2016 Summer Music and Literary Lists

Posted at 3:57 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 15:57:24-04

Hope you`re ready to boogie - Presidential style - because President Obama just dropped his 2016 Summer Encore Playlist.

And this year`s list is so nice, he did it twice.

That`s right. The Commander in Chief, or should I say “Commander of Beats,” released a 19-song daytime mix and a 20-song nighttime mix for when the lights get low and it`s time to get groovy.

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Been waiting to drop this: summer playlist, the encore. What's everybody listening to?

“It’s pretty good. I like it. It’s very well rounded,” Noted Percy Drake Jr., who was shopping for records at Cactus Music.

“It’s so cool he did this,” said Ben, a devout Drake fan and employee of Cactus Music.

“Yeah, it’s like the coolest move in presidential history," added Joey, who would have added the Smiths to the playlist if he was the President.

“The President was pretty hip. He’s got good taste,” thought Quinn Bishop, the Owner of Cactus Music. “It’s pretty forward leaning with some contemporary artists, and there’s some classic stuff in there too.”

“It’s kind of interesting to see some of the stuff the president is into,” expressed Amanda Galan, who would have added more alternative rock to the playlist if she was the Head of State.

But wait, there's more- 'the POTUS with the most-est' also took some time to hit the books and released his summer reading list, which features these five eclectic and well respected books:

  1. "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan
  2. "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
  3. "H Is for Hawk" by Helen Macdonald
  4. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
  5. "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson

“I think it’s a fantastic list. I think it’s great that we have a president who is such a veracious reader and also a writer. It’s a great promotion of literacy in America,” exclaimed Ben Rybeck, the marketing director of Brazos Bookstore.

“They all have different themes, different things to take from them, but I think that it shows a big diversity in what he’s reading,” expressed Lydia Melby, the events coordinator at Brazos Bookstore.

All of this is just in time for the Obama family`s vacation to Martha`s Vineyard where the Presidential family is taking two weeks to relax, play some golf, catch up on reading, and obviously - get funky with it.

What songs would be on your playlist if you were President? Do you like Obama’s book choices? Write us a comment below!