Aren’t you just dying to see Barack and Michelle Obama bring high-quality, politically-charged content into your living rooms – ON DEMAND? Of course you are. That’s why Netflix is in deep negotiations with the former first couple to give them a production deal, according to the New York Times. The deal would give the Obamas the freedom to produce a number of new shows that will focus on inspirational stories rather than direct responses to “President Trump or conservative critics.” Of course, we’ll see how that plays out. Obama is nothing if not wily, and just because he’s not going to stand up in front of a podium and tell you all the ways Trump is ruining America doesn’t mean that his productions will not be flavored with that very idea.
“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a former Obama adviser, told the Times. “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.”
How positive. How cuddly.
Get the barf bag.
“In one possible show idea, Mr. Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency — health care, voting rights, immigration, foreign policy, climate change — and that have continued to divide a polarized American electorate during President Trump’s time in office,” the Times reports. “Another program could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House. The former president and first lady could also lend their brand — and their endorsement — to documentaries or fictional programming on Netflix that align with their beliefs and values.”
The good thing about Netflix is that there’s plenty of stuff on there for everybody so you don’t have to watch Obama’s crap if you don’t want to. And with the streaming platform committed to spending billions of dollars on original content in the coming years, whatever deal they make with the former president should not hinder their ability to find content that people actually give a damn about watching.
We suppose there is a market out there for ObamaShows, since half the country seems to have bought into the media-saturated idea that he was actually a great president. Perhaps they would like to settle down with their remote and sink into a world where Mr. Hope and Change is still the leader of the free world. Fortunately, they’ll be able to afford that subscription thanks to the raises and tax breaks they’ve been given precisely because he isn’t.