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Barack Obama reportedly in talks to produce shows for Netflix

By midian182 · 20 replies
Mar 9, 2018
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  1. What do presidents and first ladies do after they leave the White House? For the Obamas, it seems that the next step is working with Netflix. According to The New York Times, the couple are in talks to create exclusive content for the streaming service, which boasts 55 million subscribers in the US alone.

    The “production partnership” has not yet been finalized, and the format of the shows haven't been decided. It’s possible that Obama could moderate conversations on key topics from his presidency, while his wife Michelle might feature in shows that cover issues she focused on during her time at the White House, such as nutrition. The pair could also produce documentaries or fictional series that "align with their beliefs and values."

    While the move would give Barack Obama a platform to reach people outside of his extensive social media followers, sources say the content won’t be used for responding to Trump or other conservative critics. Both he and Michelle want to produce shows that “highlight inspirational stories.”

    “President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” said Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president. While he didn’t comment on the Netflix talks, Schultz added: “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.”

    This won’t be Obama’s first taste of working with Netflix. He was the first guest to appear on David Letterman’s new show, My Next Guest Needs no Introduction. The ex-president is also said to have close ties to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,010   +1,280

    Hey, if that's what people want to pay for, so be it, but not me. After work, when I sit down in
    front of the TV, I'd rather ESCAPE politics and political people. Regardless of party, I try to
    TUNE OUT at the end of the day.
    kombu likes this.
  3. BGrant

    BGrant TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +27

    This guy really, REALLY love the spotlight doesn't he??

    There must be a zillion new talents trying to find their place in the business and then here he comes with his "I'm cool" badge so everybody get the eff out of the way.

    I hope this thing tanks. NO politicians in entertainment, please. NONE.
    kombu likes this.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    How the mighty have fallen. And the irony is I'm jealous.
  5. kombu

    kombu TS Addict Posts: 96   +189

    Okie doke
  6. This isn't a one-way street - no entertainment and celebrities in politics either.

    Then again, you probably just read the headline and immediately fell off your rocker. There is a difference between someone who only wants the spotlight for the money and fame and someone who wants to, quote "highlight inspirational stories.”
    Burty117, holdum323 and Panda218 like this.
  7. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 609   +323

    Hey it's cool if people don't like them, but there are PLENTY of people who do. I'm not one for uplifting stories and such so I'll give it a pass if it ever does come to Netflix.
  8. kapital98

    kapital98 TS Guru Posts: 324   +256

    Obama has never directly confronted Trump policy. This is expected of ex-presidents (just like Bush almost never spoke out against Obama).

    Obama's outreach and new library seems a non-direct effort to shape public discussion. I highly doubt these shows will be discussing 'in-the-headlines' political issues. There is a huge difference about talking about the stories of poverty or success and making a documentary talking about the internal struggles of HUD.
    Evernessince likes this.
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,533   +3,123

    So his political career was a disaster, and now he wants to become a complete joke.

    skipmichael likes this.
  10. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,094   +3,647

    That's ironic, given America elected an entertainer as the top politician. Unfortunately that's something where you can't just flip the channel. Netflix though? No one is forcing you to watch any of this. This isn't a case like the Sinclair broadcast group, who will soon own a majority of US "local news" (that's in quotes because due to recent regulatory changes local news no longer has to be local).
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2018
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  11. Codestaxx

    Codestaxx TS Rookie

    I will ditch Netflix if so.

  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    I dislike Obama too, but that is a bit extreme. Heck I've never even invested in Netflix, and I still think that is crazy. Just don't watch any of his trash, no need in boycotting the whole network.
    skipmichael likes this.
  13. realestmfever

    realestmfever TS Rookie Posts: 17   +11

    "he's not qualified to be president, he's just a community organizer and has no experience!"

    *elects trump*


    Lol america
    skipmichael and Panda218 like this.
  14. He is a good speaker, not sure what topics are going to be, but I'd check it out.
    Panda218 likes this.
  15. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 820   +324

    Trump was a businessman first. The entertainment was just naval gazing with media elites. He must have learned some things he did not like while rubbing shoulders with media hounds and politicians. Reagan was an actor, yes, but Hollywood was also more conservative then and more in-line with mainstream America. Reagan left acting to pursue politics full-time and wasn't just spouting political comments in passing. He also served in the military unlike the vast majority of Hollywood these days. Liberals have been conducting a longterm hostile takeover and have gotten bolder with each victory against the Constitution. Guns have always been a part of American life and we didn't have all these shootings. What we have now is a culture problem, and the liberal, progressive, communist, socialist and God-hating agenda created it.
  16. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,094   +3,647

    America IS socialist. Schools, prisons, public libraries, Federal assistance, taxes, tariffs, ect. All socialist programs that take a bit of everyone's income and use it for the public good. The word socialist is derived from the society, it's impossible to form a country without some form of socialist systems. The first societies formed because farmers shared their good with other people, for cash or trade. This pooling of resources allowed people to specialize.

    Reagan knew how to play America, that's about it. Otherwise his rich tax cuts miserably failed and have lead to modern day aristocrats to control a majority of the wealth in America. Trickle down economics is nothing new, it's the exact same system that the monarchs of old used to keep the rich rich and the poor poor. Giving to the wealth has never and will never work and history has proved this a thousand times over. What did king John do with the massive taxes he collected on the poor? Kept it of course. But hey, at least Reagan fought back against the Russians, Trump instead licks Putin's boots. When was the last time the leader of the United States ignored an attack on the US? Heck, he's even gone so far as to encourage our enemies to harm us.

    "Liberals have been conducting a longterm hostile takeover"

    This is just typical fascist rhetoric used to dehumanize a group of people and to anchor supporter's positions. Gotta have that boggy man to keep ya riled up and scared.

    "God-hating agenda created it."

    I believe the constitution specifically gives American's freedom of religion. Whether or not they believe in god is entirely up to them but hating god is completely and entirely legal.

    "Guns have always been a part of American life and we didn't have all these shootings"

    Yes but they have never been so dangerous or plentiful. There are four guns for every one American. Can we improve mental health? For sure, but we can also look at the loopholes in our gun laws that allow the mentally troubled to get them. Fix up the laws we have and provide some mental assistance, that should help allot.
  17. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,865   +695

    The guy is a putz that fooled and lied to almost everyone.
    skipmichael likes this.
  18. funglebuddy

    funglebuddy TS Enthusiast Posts: 76   +19

    In other news who cares.I had enough with Obama and politics this political season to last a lifetime.
    EClyde likes this.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    I never paid him any attention and never will. I waited for him to leave as patently as I knew how.
    EClyde likes this.
  20. holdum323

    holdum323 Banned Posts: 1,721   +455

    Hi I don't usually post on these kind of threads. The reason being, I will never change how you feel about Obama, and you will never change how I feel. I will make one small comment. "I felt a Hell of a lot safer when Obama was our Commander in Chef, then I do now" USAF 1958-1962 I was a electrician on the C130 in Okinawa, and use that it as my avatar. My Commander in Chef was John Kennedy. They killed him and I cried. I do not want any thing like that to happen to our President now, but he is not qualified to run our country or our military. I will wait and see what the next 6 months and the investigation turns up. What ever happens, I hope it's the best for the country I love and served. Bring back the draft and you will see a lot opinions change. You might also rethink things after your 4th or 5th deployment to Afghanistan. I avoided the draft by volunteering to join the USAF. I wasn't rich and couldn't claim bone spurs, and I wanted to serve my country just like my father did before me. My Dad was a Navy man and volunteered just like I did. God bless the USA.
    PS I'm sure I'll get mail about this reply, but I probably won't reply.;) That's not my style.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2018
  21. holdum323

    holdum323 Banned Posts: 1,721   +455

    You want to play war games on your computer? Why not join our military and experience the real thing. War is not a game or a fun thing. I'll behave now. I have had my say! North Korea is scaring the Hell out of me, and I hope Trump cuts a deal. It's been tried before; but who knows, maybe this time it will work. Never give up hope in our great country, and we'll be just fine!
    Opps Said only one comment. Sorry, I got carried away. I'm 80 years young and I have seen a few things in my life time.:D
    PS This is a great forum! Thanks for letting me be apart of it.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2018

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