Trying to connect
Obama releases music playlists on Spotify
It took more than six years, but President Barack Obama has finally made a summer mix tape.
Obama broke from his Martha's Vineyard vacation to release two playlists on Spotify, the music streaming service. The lists, which a White House news release says were "hand created," are pretty ecumenical. There are a few selections that are sure to appeal to his aging liberal base: some Bob Dylan, a little Joni Mitchell, a Rolling Stones track and a Van Morrison cut.
There's also some Al Green, whose song Let's Stay Together Obama sang at a Harlem fundraiser in 2012.
What's missing from the list? There's no Bruce Springsteen, whose music has become a staple at virtually all of the president's speeches. Is Obama sick of the Boss at this point in his presidency? There's virtually no country music.
Also conspicuously absent is Prince, who played a private concert for the president and 500 guests at the White House this summer.
The White House says the music is part of the president's effort "to grow its social media presences and find new ways to connect with people."