If Barack Obama grows tired of trying to rebuild the wounded Democratic party after leaving office, as he has signaled, there’s always money to be made in digital music. The president is said to have joked “I’m still waiting for my job at Spotify” while speaking with former Swedish ambassador Mark Brzezinski at the White House this week, according to the diplomat’s wife, podcast host and writer Natalia Brzezinski.
On Instagram, Natalia gave a “word for word” account of her husband’s chat with his former boss. “I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favorite trip,” he said, referring to his 2013 trip there. “I plan to go back there really soon.” He went on to joke about the Spotify gig, riffing that Daniel Ek and company would want him on board “Cuz’ I know y’all loved my playlist.”
(Mark Brzezinski is the son of former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and the brother of MSNBC morning host Mika Brzezinski.”)
Obama’s 2016 Summer playlist for Spotify included contemporary tracks from Leon Bridges, Janelle Monae and Edward Sharpe, as well as classics by Nina Simone, the Beach Boys and Charles Mingus. In October, he dropped a playlist for the gym and he had another one back in 2012 during his campaign for re-election.
Since Donald Trump’s surprise win over Hillary Clinton, Obama has been talking about his role in politics going forward. At his last year-end press conference, Obama — who is staying in D.C. until youngest daughter Sasha finishes high school — said he’ll work to heal his party and find the “next generation” of leaders across all fields.
“With respect to my priorities when I leave, it is to build that next generation of leadership; organizers, journalists, politicians. I see them in America, I see them around the world, 20-year-olds, 30-year-olds who are just full of talent, full of idealism,” he said. “And the question is how do we link them up? How do we give them the tools for them to bring about progressive change? And I want to use my presidential center as a mechanism for developing that next generation of talent.”