Barack Obama spent eight years as the most powerful man in the world. A majority Republican Congress spent the better part those years obstructing his agenda; although he wasn't able to sign much of his legislation into law, President Obama advocated for common sense gun control. He promoted environmental policies to combat climate change. He reaffirmed America's commitment to strike torture from the government playbook.
Despite swimming against the red tide, Obama accomplished several signature policy goals, including the Affordable Care Act, which gave millions of previously uninsured Americans on health coverage. He enacted stimulus packages to shake the U.S. economy out of its recession. He repealed "Don't ask, don't tell." He ended direct U.S, military involvement in Iraq. He approved and oversaw the Navy Seal mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
But Obama was more than a policy wonk. To millions and millions of Americans, Obama's character was his forte. He was always cool under pressure; his fans (and his critics) called him "No Drama Obama." Even when faced with ridiculous conspiracies and hypocritical criticisms, he was never anything less than presidential. Obama was a brilliant orator, who knew how to connect to people's larger aspirations. He had a soft spot for families and children. And he had a wicked jump shot from beyond the arc, which certainly didn't hurt matters.
To celebrate Obama's 57th birthday (he was only 47 year old when he assumed the Presidency), we're counting down Obama's best musical moments: his endearing habit of breaking out into song at a moment's notice is one of the things we miss most. A lot of his singing was legitimately melodic and soulful. But some of it was embarrassing, and peak Dad schtick, like the first entry on our list. Here are President Obama’s best musical moments.