Netflix has a prestigious roster, making movies and TV shows with everyone from David Fincher (“House of Cards” and “Mindhunter“), to Tina Fey (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“), to Guillermo Del Toro (“Trollhunters“). On May 21 the streaming service announced another big get: the former first family. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will produce programs through their Higher Ground Productions company. And how’s this for sweet revenge: the Obamas could beat Donald Trump to an Emmy. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know if you think that will happen.
Barack Obama said in a statement, “One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”
So will the Obamas beat Trump to the Emmys? The birther-in-chief rose to political prominence by accusing Obama of being foreign-born and thus an illegitimate president. Then Obama had to pass the presidential baton to Trump when he unexpectedly won the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.
But it’s hard to tell if Trump even wanted the job in the first place. He had a lot more experience in TV than in politics, so if given a choice between the presidency and winning the popular vote at the Emmys, he might have picked the latter. Consider how outraged he was that “The Apprentice” lost Best Reality Competition Program to “The Amazing Race” in 2004 and 2005.
Now the Obamas could beat Trump at his old game. They have been in the mix at the Emmys before, having appeared on shows that have been honored by the television academy like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Between Two Ferns,” though neither Barack nor Michelle has won an Emmy themselves.
But Barack has won a couple of Grammys. He claimed Best Spoken Word Album for “Dreams from My Father” (2006) and “The Audacity of Hope” (2008). So theoretically this Netflix deal could get him halfway to EGOT. Perhaps the award could be presented by Meryl Streep — or Robert Mueller if he’s not still busy by then. It might be worth it just for the tweet storm.
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