Barack Obama admits on Facebook that he has more time on his hands these days so he is keeping up the tradition of posting his playlist and favorite book list for the year 2017. This was something Obama did as president but he decided to continue the tradition post-White House.
Obama’s Facebook post was up for just about 24 hours when it gathered 802,000 likes and was shared 111,726 times. The lengthy Facebook post has 46,000-plus comments from people who have read this post. Many of these comments display sadness over Obama no longer occupying the White House.
The former president shared two lists on the Barack Obama Facebook page, “The best books I read in 2017” and “My favorite songs of 2017.” His Facebook followers offered up all sorts of comments that ranged from calling Obama a “great man” to “the most presidential president of my time.”
USA Today refers to Obama’s list of songs as being “eclectic” as he lists songs ranging from Jay-Z to U2. They had the same critique for his list of books, as well. Obama wasn’t without an audience for his two favorite lists as the numbers of likes, shares, and comments on that post continue to grow.
There was certainly enough wonderful things said about the former president in the comments on his Facebook post. Which was shadowed by the polar opposite when it came to the mentioning of Trump’s name.
Obama was the object of compliments galore with people saying he has “refined intellect, “keen intellect,” and “a model for the rest of us.” Then there was one Facebook user who put many of the traits she believes Obama possess together. She wrote about Obama’s “goodness, kindness, intelligence, thoughtfulness…your HUMANITY….I could just cry.”
There were many references to Obama’s family, his wife Michele and his two “lovely daughters.” People not only sent their Happy New Year’s wishes but they also doted on how wonderful the Obama family is.
The Obama compliments were plentiful, as were the comparisons made to Donald Trump, which were anything but compliments. In between the people singing praises to Obama came the ones who took the opportunity to bash Trump.
The number of insults regarding Trump was too many to count, but they were all going in the same direction, demeaning Trump. People wrote things such as: “I don’t think Trump has finished ‘green eggs and ham’ yet.” This appears to be a sarcastic dig at Trump, as was, “I miss having a president who reads. Happy New Year, President Obama!” Another Facebook post took a swing at Trump’s tweets, “Remember when we had a president who could read and wanted to read instead of tweet. We miss you.”
Another Facebook comment said that “We went from a scholar and educator to a bully clown. Please keep on keepin’ on, Mr. President Obama!” Still, there were others who confessed that they are brought to tears when thinking about Obama no longer being in the Oval Office.
Obama offered up 22 songs on his 2017 playlist and 10 books, with two bonus books for sports fans. This brought his book list to an even dozen that he enjoyed during the past year. Below you will find his book list and playlist, which was quoted on his Facebook page.
Obama’s book list:
“The Power by Naomi Alderman
Grant by Ron Chernow
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
*Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano”
“Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)”