Depending on your taste in music and tolerance for others’ tastes, President Barack Obama’s latest social media move – sharing his 2012 campaign playlist via streaming music website Spotify – might be a case of over-sharing: Ricky Martin, REO Speedwagon and James Taylor all made the cut.
The president's staff shared his campaign playlist via Spotify, via Twitter and via Facebook. Obama's tweet regarding the list, issued Thursday, reads: "A little Wilco, a bit of No Doubt—check out what else made it onto the new official #Obama2012 campaign playlist."
Among the more than two dozen songs making the list: Bruce Springsteen’s "We Take Care of Our Own," U2’s "Even Better Than the Real Thing," and Aretha Franklin’s "The Weight." We’ll leave it up to the political spin doctors to explain how they apply to the campaign.
President Obama has been recognized as a techie commander in chief from the start, from the fuss made over his super-secure BlackBerry to his recent hosting of a science fair at the White House. Although one recent review gave Republican competitors an edge when it came to Web download speed.
Spotify, since embarking upon its United States adventure over the summer, has made a steady stream of announcements aimed at encouraging users to integrate the service with their mobile and other devices, their social networks, and more.