They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just ask former President Barack Obama, who wants to be a reality TV star just like President Donald Trump once was.
Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are in “advanced negotiations” with streaming video provider Netflix to produce and appear in shows that will chronicle their lives after the White House, the New York Times reported. Financial terms were not disclosed.
While the report claims Obama does not intend to use the massive Netflix platform to criticize President Trump, he does plan to discuss many of the issues he championed, including climate change, immigration, health care, voting rights, and foreign policy. So in other words, Obama wants to continue his failed presidency to a third term via streaming video.
“The Netflix deal, while not a direct answer to Fox News or Breitbart.com, would give Mr. Obama an unfiltered method of communication with the public similar to the audiences he already reaches through social media,” the NY Times reported.
The format of the shows and the number of episodes has not yet been decided, but the content will only be available on Netflix’s streaming service and will reportedly capitalize on Obama “storytelling” skills.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Obama, said. “Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”
Like his frenemy Hillary Clinton, it seems Obama will convert his political career into a cash cow. At 55 years old, Obama is still too young to retire fully and remains popular among mainstream media and liberals, so it’s no surprise he won’t go quietly into private life.
Both he and Mrs. Obama are writing memoirs, for which they were reportedly paid $60 million, and Obama has made hundreds of thousands of dollars to give speeches around the world.
Obama has also broken with precedent by publicly criticizing his successor on several occasions. In December 2017, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders laughed at the former president when he tried to take credit for the booming Trump economy.
Sanders was responding to Obama’s remarks at a speech in Chicago, where he claimed the economy had been robust under his tenure (wrong).
Obama proclaimed: “We saw the U.S. economy grow consistently. We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far, a streak that still continues, by the way. Thanks, Obama!”
That’s when Sanders retorted: “It’s laughable that President Obama thinks he has anything to do with the success of where the economy is right now. [The economy] continues to go up, and it started when President Trump was elected and when he got into office. It had nothing to do with President Obama. I think everybody knows it, including President Obama. It’s pretty laughable that he’s trying to take credit for it.”
It sounds like Obama needs to brush up on his storytelling skills.
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