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Sun Dec 31, 2017, 02:51 PM

Barack Obama shares his favorite books and songs of 2017

From his Facebook page:

During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here's my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.

The best books I read in 2017:
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

My favorite songs of 2017:
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!)


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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 02:55 PM

1. President Obama has read more books in 12 months than Impotus has read his entire life.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 03:19 PM

4. Why is this the first time I'm seeing "IMPOTUS?"



Don the Con could share his favorite "mean tweets" of 2017, if he chose.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:08 PM

13. Impotus occurred to me a couple of months ago 😉

Not sure if anyone else came up with it earlier, if so I haven’t seen it. It really suits the orange, unhealthy, ignorant ass, doesn’t it?

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 02:56 PM

2. K&R

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 02:58 PM

3. Wow! Obama reads!

If trump was asked what the best book he read in 2017 and he gave a truthful answer: "I do not read. Whatever I need to know I can get from Fox and Friends".

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 03:24 PM

5. How refreshing to see.

I can't say enough about our previous POTUS. Thoughtful. Intelligent. Down to earth.

I doubt Donnie Dotard has read anything beyond the McDonalds menu board.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:41 PM

10. Actually, Donald has somebody to read McDonalds menu board to him.

If that were me, I'd read it to him in jive!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 03:44 PM

6. Mahalo True Dough.. here's Prince Harry interviewing O..

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:18 PM

7. I wanna hear that blues version of Born in the USA!!! nt

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:38 PM

8. I cannot imagine trump with a hardback book of current American public policy.

And I don't want to think of him listening to the late Sharon Jones or Mavis Staples. Not fitting.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:49 PM

11. Ivanka reads hardback books to Fat Donnie during potty and twitter breaks.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:39 PM

9. All this frivolous reading ! Trump is reading important documents

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:55 PM

12. Obama is a very special human being.

We did not deserve him.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:24 PM

14. "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles is an epic song.

I love it that Barack Obama recognized this in that mix of artists!

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