Barack Obama Revealed His Fave Books, TV and Film He Consumed in 2020 While Chillin' on A Promised Land

Former US President Barack Obama participates in a virtual town hall on June 3, 2020.
Former US President Barack Obama participates in a virtual town hall on June 3, 2020.
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2020 is almost over. Soon, we’ll be embarking on a new year. Now that’s change we can believe in.


Who knows what the next year will bring but now’s the time to reflect on the year that was. That’s right, it’s time for end-of-year lists. One of the most anticipated lists of the year has arrived: Barack Obama’s Favorite Books, TV Shows and Movies of 2020.

On Thursday, the 44th president of the United States and author shared his Favorite Books of 2020:

“As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites,” Obama tweeted. “I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year, deliberately omitting what I think is a pretty good book—A Promised Land—by a certain 44th president. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.”

Let’s just point out that it is peak Leo to humbly leave your own book off of a retrospective list while still promoting it. I know my people.

Anyway! There was some Black-ass author love on the list including Raven Leilani’s Luster, Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste, James McBride’s Deacon King Kong, Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half and Kawai Strong Washburn’s The Ministry For the Future.

The following Friday, Obama also dropped his list of Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2020:


As for movies, Obama is really into Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Soul, Lovers Rock, Time and Selah and the Spades. On the TV/bingeing front, Obama enjoyed I May Destroy You, City So Real and The Last Dance.

“Like everyone else, we were stuck inside a lot this year, and with streaming further blurring the lines between theatrical movies and television features, I’ve expanded the list to include visual storytelling that I’ve enjoyed this year, regardless of format,” he tweeted.


Anyone would freak out if the man who was once the highest-ranked person in the country and maintained a super-sizable platform consumed something you created or had a part in—so creators were absolutely reacting on Twitter:


And with that, I guess we all have some reading and watching to catch up on for the holiday break!

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I love you, Michelle, and the girls DEARLY, but dear God, stop shilling books, podcasts, and music for FIVE MINUTES and help Joe and Kamala say what needs to be said about the pandemic, vaccinations, and the absolutely staggering cybersecurity events in the last week.

Once in power, Biden will need everyone he can muster to stand on the necks of these seditionist republicans to get anything done. Shucking and jiving to sell books or promote your presidential library in THIS MOMENT is so beneath your name.

Your bloodline will be rich and powerful for generations, but they will 1) need to live to see that future, and 2) the country must be put back on its own two feet after being raped and pillaged by Trump in your absence. I realize that is an immense weight to put on any one person, but it would appear that if you can sit with our national court jester, Stephen Colbert, you can make time to help right this ship in more constructive ways.

Also, those senate seats in GA do not just win themselves. Get to it.