OBAMAS TO PRODUCE TRUMP TV
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have returned to the public stage. The pair are campaigning for midterm candidates. They have a multimillion-dollar book deal. They founded Higher Ground Productions, a company that came in handy in May when the Obamas signed up to produce original programming for video streaming service Netflix and its audience of 125 million subscribers in 190 countries.
“We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” Mr. Obama said in a statement — which delighted his fans and prompted some Republicans to cancel their Netflix subscriptions.
The first Obama production, however, is in the works.
The couple has acquired the rights to “The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis, published last month, currently No. 8 on The New York Times bestseller list and focused on the early days of the Trump administration and its “haphazard” transition. Mr. Lewis announced the new project during a podcast interview with Katie Couric. The book is critical of President Trump. “What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed,” publisher W.W. Norton advised in advance notes.
The upcoming production is likely “a series,” according to Deadline Hollywood. The New York Times hints that the project would “focus on the civics lessons contained in the book and would not take shots at Trump.”
Inquiring minds wonder whether the programming will acknowledge the fact that Mr. Trump has had authentic and verified victories in the economic, diplomatic and national security realms despite a “haphazard” transition. And will the new programming address the role of hostile media coverage, as well as persistent Democratic obstruction that slowed the process? Mr. Trump has certainly been aware of it.
“Hundreds of good people, including very important ambassadors and judges, are being blocked and/or slow walked by the Democrats in the Senate. Many important positions in government are unfilled because of this obstruction. Worst in U.S. history!” Mr. Trump tweeted many months ago, when the circumstances became clear.
Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will produce programming based on “The Fifth Risk,” which criticizes the president.