From Oval Office to Netflix – an Obama Story

In the spirit of writer neutrality, I shall phrase the following sentiment as follows: it seems that a lot of people aren’t too pleased with Barrack Obama’s presidential replacement. In fact, it could be said that Donald Trump attracts a fair bit of outrage. One may even argue that, collective disbelief at his candidacy – he was a TV show host after all – has become fiery indignation towards the actions of his presidency. Ironic it is, therefore, that Obama is making the opposite career shift, going from POTUS to TV executive.

However, as I am a millennial, and therefore a jaded young adult, it takes a lot to arouse actual shock in me. In reality, this is a scenario that I’ve rapidly come to accept as a wholly natural progression to being the ‘leader of the free world’. To be specific, it has been publically announced that Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are both working with Netflix to produce original film and television content. Although we have little information on the content that they are producing, the Obamas have recently founded ‘Higher Ground Productions’ in support of their career move. Netflix have announced that the Obamas have ‘entered into a multi-year agreement’ with the service, and that said content will likely include ‘scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.’ In response, Michelle Obama has publicly stated that ‘Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us.’

Here are some questions that I have asked myself upon discovering Barrack and Michelle’s new career focus: Will the Obama content focus on political commentary? Will narrative-driven television overtake twitter as the new medium in which to refute your political opposition? Will online streaming platforms slowly be considered the third Congressional House?

Here is what reality has affirmed: given that Barrack Obama himself has stated that, ‘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,’ the Netflix content is to focus the Obamas’ more humanitarian interests. In short, the Obama Netflix shows will humanize the marginalized, and do what Trump has not. Obama elaborates, ‘we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples.’

I have therefore decided to list some of the potential series that the Obamas could be working on.


Presidential Eye

A band of two straight former US executives provide heart-warming life advice, styling tips and home improvements to a series of disenfranchised individuals.


Unbreakable Barrack Obama

Barrack and Michelle move to New York yet fail to improve the mood of the locals despite showing unfathomable optimism and grit.


Barrack Mirror

Mr Obama pursues life as a street mime, mirroring the actions and movements of unsuspecting members of the public.


Strangest Things

A chilling science-fiction drama wherein Donald Trump is president.


Orange Really is the New Black

A chilling ensemble drama wherein Donald Trump is president.


The House of Cards Has Collapsed

A chilling political drama wherein Donald Trump is president.


Not The Crown Too

A chilling period drama wherein Donald Trump is Queen.


It seems my writer neutrality is spent, so I shall conclude this feature here. Obama’s Higher Ground Productions content has yet to be given a release date, but with Netflix subscriber numbers reaching nearly 118 million at the end of 2017, it is certain that we’ll be hearing much more about whatever they do produce.