The Patriot Post® · Netflix Gives Obama a Huge Platform
For a man so obsessed with income inequality as president, Barack Obama sure has come out on the winning end of the equation since leaving office. He and his wife Michelle are living quite cozily in their $8.1 million DC mansion in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood (when not at their California or Hawaii vacation homes), having landed a $65 million book deal for their memoirs, which has supplemented the $400,000-a-pop speaking fees Obama has racked up giving speeches to the very Wall Street “fat cats” he so recently excoriated. Perhaps the anti-capitalist progressives might see this as a tad hypocritical of Obama.
Yet apparently this lavish wealth isn’t enough for the former community organizer, as evidenced by the deal he and Michelle just inked with Netflix — a deal reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars. It’s hard not to see this as a kickback from Netflix to Obama for pushing through so-called “net neutrality” rules, bypassing Congress in the process, which prevented Internet service providers from charging a premium to streaming services like Netflix.
Announcing the formation of Higher Ground Productions to produce content, Obama said that their goal is 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.” How sweet.
When rumors of the deal surfaced in March, The New York Times reported that the Obamas did not intend to produce shows that “directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics.” However, considering Obama’s farewell promise that he would not follow the example of past presidents in refraining from criticizing his successor, but would instead continue to be a vocal opponent of Trump and the Republicans, one can surmise that his content will likely be partisan.
Still, in the spirit of cooperation, we offer some suggestions for possible documentaries that the Obamas could produce.
Abandoned: The Neda Agha-Soltan Story — this documentary would chronicle the story of Neda Agha-Soltan, a young Iranian woman shot to death in the streets of Tehran for protesting the rigged election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Obama was silent as peaceful protesters were shot to death; it was only later that we discovered Obama’s silence was calculated. He wanted a nuclear deal with Iran and was willing to do anything to get it, including abandon peaceful democratic protesters to the atrocities and brutal repression of the Iranian government, not to mention secretly flying nearly $2 billion in ransom cash to the Iranian government to get around U.S. sanctions of the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism.
Bye Bye Bibi: Rigging the Israeli Elections — with lefty conspiracy nuts desperately seeking evidence that President Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential elections, most Americans have forgotten (if they ever knew since the media didn’t exactly cover it broadly) that none other than Barack Obama used U.S. taxpayer money to send Democrat operatives to Israel in 2013 with the sole purpose of defeating the sitting Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. It is no secret that Obama loathed Netanyahu, whose strength in the face of evil was an embarrassing contrast to Obama’s appeasement.
Civility: How to Tolerate Gun-Toting Religious Losers — since the Obamas claim they want to “promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples,” maybe they can start by extending an olive branch to the unwashed masses in “flyover country.” You know, those places filled with intellectual and cultural troglodytes who are so stupid that they actually believe in God, the Constitution, and natural rights; people who were proud of America long before Obama was nominated. Or, as Obama described them, people who “get bitter … [and] cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”
These are just a few suggestions, of course, and there are plenty more. He could do a documentary on how the U.S. leads the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, despite being condemned by other countries for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol or dropping out of the Paris Climate Accords.
Or maybe a segment on how he became the first president in U.S. history to never record even a single year of 3% GDP growth, despite (read: because of) his nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill that never brought the promised “shovel ready” jobs. He could tie that in to the $10 trillion in new debt he added, with anemic economic growth and high unemployment to show for it.
Or an exposé on ObamaCare, which caused 25 million Americans — twice as many as got coverage under ObamaCare — to lose health care coverage they liked, leaving cancer victims and others suffering serious illness with no way to get adequate care.
Yes, the possibilities are indeed endless when you can work in the fertile fields of Obama’s progressive hypocrisy. Candidate Obama’s lofty, unifying rhetoric quickly gave way to slanderous, dehumanizing attacks once he was parked in the Oval Office, routinely describing conservatives and Republicans as an enemy to be destroyed, rather than as fellow Americans with whom differences should be resolved.
Given that track record, we can expect many things from Obama TV, but one suspects truth and civility won’t be among them.