From Donald Trump’s controversial rally to the recent death of Mikhail Gorbachev, there has been no shortage of former presidents making headlines lately. Amidst the darker histories of various politicians, it’s refreshing to see a former lawyer making waves for a much lighter reason. And we’re not talking about Mr. MAGA. Beloved former President Barack Obama, who ruled our country from 2009 to 2017, is now taking center stage for his special achievement thanks to modern streaming.
This isn’t the first time Obama has received a trophy for his work as a spokesman. According to IMDb, the author is a two-time Grammy Award winner. He won Best Spoken Word Album in 2006 and 2008 for his books Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. And now Obama has been crowned with a new title, which means he’s well on his way to an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)! Let’s take a look at Obama’s recent Emmy win, an achievement fueled by his passion for parks.
Barack Obama just took home his first Emmy Award
Kudos to the former President! On Sept. 3, Barack Obama won his first-ever Emmy for Outstanding Narrator for the Netflix documentary “Our Great National Parks,” produced by his and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, per People. According to Deadline, he competed against big names like David Attenborough and Lupita Nyong’o.
Our Great National Parks features national parks from around the world, hence the name. And the former president lives what he preaches. According to People, Obama created protective measures for over 550 million acres of US public lands and waters during his presidency. In the trailer, he said: “When mankind began to protect these wild places, we didn’t realize how important they would become. They are a sanctuary for endangered species and a hotbed for scientific research.”
Netflix tweeted a congratulatory post on Obama’s win, announcing that he’s “the first president to win a competitive Emmy.” According to CNNDwight Eisenhower was presented with an honorary governor’s award by the television academy during his tenure as president in 1956. The award was presented “for his use and promotion of television,” per IMDb. Meanwhile, fans jumped into the Netflix tweet by praising Obama. One user wrote: “Yes! @BarackObama! I loved seeing that! Deserved!” Another person commented, “I loved this show and of course Obama’s narration just overdid it. Congratulations !!”