Remember those twins that went viral for their reaction to the iconic drum solo in Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight” on YouTube? Well, as they were reacting to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin” when former President Barack Obama surprised them during their video.
President Obama, who is known to release playlists of his favorite songs, released one alongside his new memoir. “Hey people, what’s going on?” Obama asks as he joins their video, “I hear you guys were asking questions. I decided I’m just gonna go ahead and come here live.”
Both of the twins were in utter disbelief and they quickly got themselves together before talking with the former president. Obama is no stranger to including music from a wide slew of genres. When talking with the twins, he spoke about how important it is to expose young minds to different kinds of music.
“One of the most important things we can do as people — but especially young people — is opening our minds to how other people feel, what their traditions are, trying to make common cause with folks even if they don’t look like us or didn’t come from the same neighborhood,” Barack said.
On the playlist, he explained that he chose songs that inspired him during his presidency. “Music has always played an important role throughout my life––and that was especially true during my presidency,” he wrote in an Instagram caption, “While reviewing my notes ahead of debates, I’d listen to Jay-Z’s ‘My 1st Song’ or Frank Sinatra’s ‘Luck Be a Lady.’ Throughout our time in the White House, Michelle and I invited artists like Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan to conduct afternoon workshops with young people before performing an evening show in the East Room.
He continued, “And there were all sorts of performances I’ll always remember — like Beyoncé performing ‘At Last’ for our first dance at our inauguration or Paul McCarthy serenading Michelle in the East Room with, ‘Michelle.’ So in honor of my book, A Promised Land, coming out tomorrow, I thought I’d put together a playlist with some of those songs. Hope you enjoy it.”
With the Dylan song, he told the twins he chose it because he is a longtime fan of Bob Dylan and he felt it was important to include that message. One of the twins, Tim Williams spoke to PEOPLE about talking with the former president and he said, “We asked the president what the song meant to him, and he said the old ways are not going to work. Times are changing. He gave us hope that there are still good people in power that want to see a change for the better.”