WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDC) — President Obama better get his dancing shoes ready because he will be “Livin’ La Vida Loca” on the campaign trail.
The president has released the official playlist of his 2012 re-election bid, which includes selections by 1990’s Latin pop sensation Ricky Martin and equally dated California rock band No Doubt.
The campaign team has pieced together a collection of songs eclectic enough to please the palate of any “Glee” fan. Tunes range from “Got to Get You Into My Life” by Earth, Wind & Fire, “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + the Machine and “We Take Care of Our Own” by Bruce Springsteen.
He also included Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” the soul classic he performed briefly at a fundraising event in Harlem earlier this year.
Broadway musicals even have presence on the list, with the inclusion of Jennifer Hudson’s “Love You I Do” from the “Dreamgirls” movie soundtrack.
Much to the chagrin of few, campaign classics such as Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” do not make an appearance.
The way in which the list was released is also noteworthy.
Obama made a name for himself as a decidedly modern presidential candidate during the 2008 election with his unprecedented use of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and he has now stepped up his technological game even more by posting the official playlist first on Spotify.
The list was released yesterday morning and posted on the campaign’s Google+ page, but so far none of the artists on it have voiced opposition to inclusion. The same cannot be said for GOP candidates who attempted to use certain songs, only to be blocked by the performers behind them.
Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have both run into issues with campaign song choices, for their respective unauthorized uses of “Wavin’ Flag” by rapper K’Naan and the aforementioned 1980’s anthem by Survivor.