If Obama wants a job at Spotify they just posted a job that only he can fill.
If there was ever a president had a connection to music, it was Bill Clinton, remember that saxophone! If there was ever a president that will be remembered for his love of music, it will be the two time Grammy-award winning Barack Obama. From singing Amazing Grace to dancing with his wife and then hosting the one-day exclusive South by South Lawn festival, the exiting president has not been shy about his love for the arts and technology.
Now winding down his last days in the Oval Office, many people have asked the POTUS “what’s next?” His answer to Swedish Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, “I’m Still Waiting for My Job at Spotify.” Now to people not familiar with the Swedish giant, or its relationship to Obama’s legacy with the digital streaming industry, this might seem like a strange response, but since 2012 the Obama Administration has released 8 or so playlists over his last four years in office.
Obama’s playlists have spanned selections from his 2012 Campaign Playlist which featured standouts like Raphael Saadiq’s Keep Marchin’ and Bruce Springsteen’s We Take Care of Our Own, to his final playlist, The Election Mix which featured pointed selections like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Same Love and Beyonce’s female-empowerment anthem Run the World (Girls). Obama even took over Spotify ads for last year’s election in an attempt to get people out to vote. So when Spotify founder, Daniel Ek, tweeted the president a newly listed job opening at Spotify, simply titled President of Playlist, we all knew there was no need in applying because only one man could fill all of these requirements.
The irony of the situation is that if Obama really wanted the job, he’s actually really qualified for it. For the first week of November in 2016, President Obama was the guest-editor of tech-focused magazine Wired, which he also made a workout playlist for. In August of last year, the White House’s official Spotify channel released his final summer vacation playlist, which was the most-listened to playlist on Spotify within a day, beating out everything the company itself had made. There’s also a parody account dedicated to predicting the president’s reactions to current events called @ObamaSpotify with over 17,000 followers, so imagine what he could really do to help the already burgeoning giant.
Though there are no explicit terms that say you yourself can’t apply, though Donald Trump has been disqualified for at least for 8 years, here are some of the qualifications of Spotify’s newest position, the President of Playlists:
- Identify and substantiate new playlist ideas for addressing the nation about health care legislation that bears your name.
- Analyze data and performance of playlists in a clear and transparent manner using all available intelligence. Attend daily briefings.
- Familiar with the Spotify platform, with experience in programming playlists at a federal level. Anything from an eclectic summer playlist, to a celebratory, “I just found my birth certificate” playlist.
- Nobel Peace Prize.
Now that Spotify has digitally dropped the mic with this listing, let’s see if it goes away and Mr. Obama updates his LinkedIn.