As times goes on, the United States continues to languish under the weight of the Trump administration. Donald Trump continues to drag the office of the presidency through the mud, making even the most basic policy debates nearly impossible because of the fact that everyone ends up focused on the mess he wants to pass as leadership.
In the face of these developments, many in the nation are still holding onto their recent memories of when someone occupied the Oval Office who actually seemed to make an effort to reconcile the government with the American people. The spirit behind that is not going to go fade from the public spotlight anytime soon; as the latest installment of the Obamas’ post-White House life, they’ve now been announced to have entered into a multi-year partnership with Netflix.
The partnership, according to the company, will entail Barack and Michelle Obama producing “films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.” The company announced the deal on Twitter this Monday.
The newly revealed deal has actually been rumored to have been in the works in the past.
Details remain scarce at present about the exact content the Obamas could have a hand in crafting for Netflix; back in March, at the time of some past rumors about the now official deal, Obama adviser Eric Schultz commented as follows:
‘President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire. 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.’
At the time of their original reporting about the then-looming deal, The New York Times shared that content the Obamas had a hand in making for Netflix would likely lean away from direct challeges to the current administration. Rather, the publication explained, programs — whose exact format, as the new Netflix tweet indicates, are up in the air — could include either Barack or Michelle leading discussions about issues they’ve already established an interest in.
For the former president himself, those areas could include health care, while for Michelle Obama, the issues a program she’s in could cover include nutrition. Both of them worked to advance those respective fields while in the White House — and the progress that both of them saw has been incessantly attacked by the Trump administration.
Even if the former president and his wife are not leading active political movements at the moment, they’ve maintained their position in American political life through other, less directly Trump-challenging means. Barack, for instance, has carried on with a string of recent public appearances in which he has bemoaned the rise of actual “fake news,” not the factually correct reporting that President Trump applies the term to.
Such misinformation, pushed along in part by Russia and in part by Trump himself, helped push the current chief executive to power, and any new content the Obamas have a hand in crafting will be in a good position to counter that.
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