Barack Obama Reveals How He and Michelle Used Music To Remind Citizens of ‘The Magic of America’

by Kayla Zadel
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Barack Obama is chatting about how music is something that he and his wife use to connect with America.

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama recently joined Jimmy Fallon as a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” They talk about several various topics but touch on one that’s dear to them both.

Obama starts by telling Jimmy where his love for music comes from. He says that he doesn’t come from a musical family, but because his childhood was strange and somewhat out of the ordinary, music was something that kept him company.

“It becomes a way for you to connect with other people and kids your age,” he says. The former president recounts his first two albums that he ever bought. They were Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book and Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Fallon praises his choices, and Obama continues to tell him that music is something that he still cares deeply about. He even writes about it in his book, “A Promised Land.”

“Michelle and I, as I describe in the book, I think use music as a way to of reminding people of the magic of America is we have all these traditions that we draw from that all get kind of jumbled up,” he says. “You know you’ve got country music, and blues and rock and roll and gospel and hip hop and reggaeton and all that stuff is this medley, this blend of Irish folksongs and African drums and all these different traditions and that in some ways is what makes America exceptional. It’s the reason why American culture exports everywhere.”

Barack Obama Strived for Musical Culture in White House

Additionally, Obama goes onto say that we can identify with music especially when it comes to our culture. We look for pieces of ourselves in music. He takes it a step further and relates music to his time in the White House. He uses music as an analogy for the culture he tried to develop during this time in office.

“We thought it was important to have that kind of music in the White House as representing the kind of America we should want. Where everybody is part of the band, and everybody gets to play and sing and make music,” Obama says.

The former president shares how his daughters listen to all types of genres of music. He points out Sasha and says she will go from listening to Drake to Elvis to 2 Chainz. However, this is just an example of how their hearts and mind are more embracing of differences and how they see the good in people.

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