Speechify’s Mr. President voice sounds like Obama

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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Speech Synthesis on September 27, 2022
What if you could make it sound like former President Barack Obama is here today, next to you, reading whatever you want him to read?

    Speechify’s Mr. President voice sounds like Obama

    Not everyone has an instantly recognizable voice, but some people have that impact.

    With that said, what if you could make it sound like former President Barack Obama is here today, next to you, reading whatever you want him to read?

    If you don’t think that’s possible, Speechify begs to differ. This former Washington politician and leader of the American people is more than available to take requests.

    Speechify: What is it?

    It’s essential to know about TTS or text to speech to understand what Speechify can do and how it benefits you.

    TTS is a 21st century technology used to process written text and convert it into computer algorithm-generated or AI-generated speech using various voices. The primary purpose of TTS is to serve as an assistive technology for people with reading disabilities.

    However, TTS software like Speechify has since evolved past its assistive attributes and can help users in more areas of their lives.

    Where to find Speechify

    The Speechify TTS reader has multiple app versions for many operating systems and devices. You can get dedicated Speechify apps for the following systems:

    • Android – The Android app works on mobile devices and tablets.

    • iOS – The iOS app works on iPhones and iPads using an iOS 14.0 or above.

    • macOS – Speechify has a macOS standalone app and a Safari browser extension.

    • Windows – Windows users can get the Speechify Google Chrome extension.

    Benefits of Speechify

    Speechify shines in three particular areas:

    Therefore, there aren’t many limits to what you can do with the software.

    Be more productive

    If you can read aloud even twice as fast as the average reading speed, let alone nine times the speed Speechify supports, you can accomplish more in less time.

    Going through work emails, reviewing notifications, and even checking social media posts will be faster. You can listen to reports and briefings while getting ready for work or catch up on studying while resting your eyes, or even working out.

    Any activity that requires reading and concentration has an alternative solution – a TTS reader that enables multitasking and faster information consumption.

    Work through learning disabilities

    Speechify is the brainchild of Cliff Weitzman. He struggled with dyslexia since the third grade and it wasn’t until college that he started working on a software solution to make studying and reading easier.

    That work paid off once Speechify launched.

    The TTS reader can process text in PDFs, HTML, docs, and even images through OCR technology. It can read complex sentences aloud and entire hard copy documents scanned via the app.

    It does this using multiple voices in many languages, helping users from various parts of the world conquer their learning disabilities.

    You can use Speechify to skip reading and absorb information from narrations. Alternatively, you can use it to create a multisensory learning experience and follow the narration in real-time with eye-tracking and text highlighting at a convenient speed.

    Have fun and be creative

    Naturally, many people use Speechify for leisure activities. 

    You can even upload your favorite fan fiction and give life to the characters using many of Speechify’s natural-sounding voices.

    Why not have Speechify read texts and DMs when you’re too lazy to answer but still want to know what people want from you?

    There’s a lot to do with a flexible TTS reader.

    The voices of Speechify

    What can you expect in terms of quality? Speechify grants access to over 150 voices spread across various languages and accents, along with a few surprise appearances.

    Different languages

    Auditory learners and students of foreign languages can take full advantage of Speechify.

    • English

    • German

    • Japanese

    • Hebrew

    • Arabic

    • Indonesian

    • Spanish

    • Turkish

    These are just some of the languages with native support. Speechify can also offer translation between many languages and text to speech audio conversions.

    Different accents

    Not all platforms have extensive selections of different languages. However, the Speechify text to speech reader converts most of its languages into native-sounding voices in real-time and allows one or more accents and dialects.


    The Speechify voice library has a few twists and perks, including celebrity voices. One of the most popular is the officially licensed voice of Gwyneth Paltrow, a supporter of the brand and software user.

    Another interesting choice is the “Mr. President” voice. And no, it doesn’t sound like the current or former president. Instead, the voice is that of the 44th President of the United States of America and founder of the Obama Foundation, Barrack Obama.

    Ways to use celebrity voices

    Why are celebrity voices important for a text to speech reader? They can add a new dimension to narrations, keep you more focused or make content more engaging.

    Naturally, there’s no shortage of Obama speeches on everything from God and religion to Vladimir Putin and Ukraine aid to Trump’s Russian connections and rumors of a World War. But making the former president say anything you want – that’s when the magic happens.

    Help you study

    Maybe you want to study the rule of law in New York, human rights, Russia, minorities, the United Nations, and other complex subjects from notes and study guides.

    Why not add them to the Speechify app and have former President Barack Obama take you through each chapter in a calm, unmistakable voice and cadence?

    Record birthday messages

    Do you want to play a prank on someone? Type a birthday message in Speechify, select the “Mr. President” voice, and record a message from the former White House resident.

    The best thing about this feature is that you can make it sound as natural and as crazy as you like, from health care and Congress rants to a genuine birthday wish to the typical advice the former President gives to next-generation Americans.

    You can make him sound like a Republican, a CNN correspondent, or someone who can’t relate to young people. You can even have the voice give advice straight from Michelle Obama’s book.

    Getting started with Speechify

    Downloading Speechify takes a few clicks, whether using the official website or the app store on your device. Try it for free and experience a boost in productivity or you can try the premium version and instantly access celebrity voices and other notable features.

    Next Steps

    Once you install Speechify, play around with the app to get comfortable. Change the playback speed, try multiple voices, and add digital text from numerous file formats. You will be pleasantly surprised by the endless possibilities from the first time you try it out!

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    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

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