Anyone who hoped the Obama’s would slowly fade out of the limelight and into the role of a retired presidential family won’t be getting their wish any time soon as former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama signed a multi-year deal with streaming service Netflix.
Former Mexican President Vincent Fox thinks this is a bad idea.
Fox says the Democrat duo are too focused on making money and not focused on helping resolve real issues around the world.
Per Daily Wire:
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox criticized Barack and Michelle Obama on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., saying that they need to spend less time focusing on making money and more time focusing on helping others.
In an interview with TMZ, Fox said that he admired the former president and first lady, but that he was disappointed in how they were focusing on themselves at a time when he says the rest of the world needs them.
“They should dedicate themselves more to [the] public arena to promote the great values that they share to promote the Democratic Party to be successful in November,” Fox suggested. “They can make money later, let’s work for the United Nations and the world.”
“Get away from shows, get away from making money, you’re a great family, you can do great things for the world, that’s my advice,” Fox also said.
Here’s more on the deal the Obama’s scored with Netflix, via CBS News:
The deal potentially includes scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features. Netflix said in a statement that the content will be available to its 125 million members in 190 countries.
The Obamas have started Higher Ground Productions to produce their content for Netflix. In a statement shared by Netflix, Obama said he and Michelle Obama “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.”
In her statement, Michelle Obama said, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”
“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,” said the former president, per Billboard. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — 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.”
As Fox mentioned, the two are slated to make millions in their post-presidency life. As Billboard also reports, the two have also signed a book contract:
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The unprecedented deal is Obama’s first big move after exiting the White House in 2017. While previous former presidents have limited their post-White House pacts to book deals, the deal is the latest talent feat for Netflix as the streamer continues to expand its unscripted and informational original programming. Netflix’s recent deal with mega-producer Ryan Murphy is said to be worth as much as $300 million.
The Obamas also have a $65 million deal with Penguin Random House to publish individual books.
“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”