We have confirmed reports that The Obamas are already in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows. The programming would provide Barack Obama a global platform after his departure from the White House.
As far as we know, the proposed deal has not ben finalized and it is not clear at this point how much the Obamas would be paid or what format the shows could take. Sources however reports that the deal involves both Barack and Michelle and would compensate them for the exclusive content.
The source also reports that the Obamas will not be using the platform to challenge Donald Trump or clap back at conservatives. Rather, they had talked to the streaming service, which currently has about 118 million subscribers, about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories.
An alternative source reports that there are several presumptions as to what dimension an Obama series could take, and why they would get into such a venture in the first place.
Top on the list is that Barack could be looking to control the narrative on his legacy, particularly at a time when so many of his accomplishments, like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the Affordable Care Act, have come under attack from Donald Trump and the GOP. A show where Barack focuses on his pet issues—like a program in which he moderates discussions on voting rights, immigration, health care and climate change—could help shape not only the current public discourse but also perceptions of his tenure as president.
The second presumption would see Michelle hosting a show on topics she championed as first lady, like nutrition and health initiatives. The Post suggests that such a show could keep her in the public eye should she ever choose to run for public office—which she has stressed time and time again that she’s not interested in.
Let just keep our fingers crossed and expect the best of the Obamas