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Netflix Signing of Obama Brings Boycott & Call To End Pay For Ex-Presidents #Obama #Netflix

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have signed a deal with Netflix to produce original TV shows and movies, and the conservative backlash against the streaming service has already started.

Though Obama associates have said it’s unlikely for the Netflix programs to be overtly partisan, there are still plenty of people on social media voicing their displeasure with the news — some threatening to cancel their Netflix subscription.

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It’s not the first time Netflix has faced conservative backlash. In March, Obama-era Susan Rice, a proven liar and propagandist, joined the Netflix board of directors. Some subscribers were outraged because of inaccurate statements Rice made in 2012 after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has also been critical of President Donald Trump in the past. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Hastings endorsed Hillary Clinton and said “Trump would destroy much of what is great about America,” which along with his other bad decisions, highlights his complete lack of sense and how out of touch with the American people he is.

Netflix tweeted on Monday that the Obamas “entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.”

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A very pertinent question in today’s era of celebrity ex-politicians, is WHY are the taxpayers still laying out vast sums every year for pensions, health insurance, staff and office expenses for ex-presidents?

The Former Presidents Act was passed in 1958 in response to the plight of Harry Truman. A man of modest means with no savings, the 33rd president thought putting himself on a corporate payroll, endorsing products or otherwise profiting from his time in the White House would be dishonorable. Even the money he earned from writing his memoirs after paying ruinous taxes was minimal.

So Congress stepped in and provided the Trumans with pensions, health care and money for an office and staff. It also extended lifetime Secret Service protection to ex-presidents’ families.

But 60 years later, the law no longer makes sense — with the obvious exception of the need for Secret Service protection. The notion that those leaving the White House resume life as private citizens has been rendered obsolete by the celebrity culture of our age.

Ours is a very different world from the one that enabled the Trumans to take a cross-country road trip without a Secret Service entourage after he left office. Indeed, without great personal wealth to fall back on and with his honorable notions about how to conduct himself, Truman might have been our last citizen-president.

Now former presidents and their wives can count on multimillion-dollar deals on books that are ghosted for them. They can also routinely score vast sums in honorariums from corporations and institutions whose leaders want to hobnob with a former president.

And, as Bill and Hillary Clinton demonstrated, they can also pose as philanthropists while living the high life by skimming money donated to faux charities created in their names.

Each ex-president also now benefits from the creation of a presidential library and museum. While originally conceived as a way to preserve their papers, these institutions have taken on a monarchic aspect. Like Egyptian pharaohs building pyramids to honor their own memory, each succeeding president’s museum is bigger and more elaborate than that of his predecessor.

While the Obamas say they won’t use their powerful perch at Netflix to snipe against President Trump or conservative outlets like Fox News, we can now look forward to even more TV programs and films that’ll be skewed to promote the destructive policies his administration pursued.

If anything, Obama should be banned from public appearances entirely. That would be much easier if he were convicted of the many crimes he is guilty of.

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