Barack Obama’s Post-White House Career Just Leveled Up Again – He’s Hosting A Show On Netflix! + He Reveals He Tested Positive For COVID

Netflix taps POTUS Barack Obama to host and narrate a five-part nature docuseries titled “Our Great National Parks” set to drop later this month. The news comes on the heels of our Forever President revealing he has tested positive for COVID-19. Deets inside….

Life after the White House has been good for Forever President Barack Obama, but it just got better. Netflix tapped the 44th president to host and narrate a five-part docuseries about nature titled “Our Great National Parks."

”Our Great National Parks” is set to launch April 13th on Netflix in collaboration with The Obamas’ Higher Ground Production company, reaching international viewers as it will span five continents. When news about the series was revealed last February, it was assumed that POTUS wouldn’t be anything more than an executive producer on the series. Well, that has changed!

Deadline reports:

Yet, it makes sense when you consider the two-term President, best-selling author, and multiple Grammy winner’s history.

Clearly not the first or likely last POTUS or would-be POTUS to host a TV series, the Hawaii-born Obama was admittedly a pretty fierce advocate for public lands and waters while in office. Obama expanded and set up more than 550 million acres of soil and sea from 2009 to 2017. That’s more than any other occupant of the Oval Office so far.

Of course he did.

“We created Higher Ground to tell great stories," said President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. "This group of projects builds upon that goal and the incredible path forged by films like Crip Camp, Becoming, and the Oscar-winning American Factory. From science fiction to the beauty of our natural world to the relationships that define us, Higher Ground continues to strive for fresh perspectives, compelling characters, and a healthy dose of inspiration. We couldn’t be more proud to team up with the brilliant artists behind each of these stories. Each of them has something important to say.”

Higher Ground produces scripted films, TV series, children’s programs and documentaries exclusively with Netflix, and podcasts exclusively with Spotify.  And they’re already WINNING! Its first release, “American Factory,” won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and its first podcast, The Michelle Obama Podcast, was the biggest Spotify Original in history.

Peep the trailer for the upcoming docuseries below:

You can get your nature fix when ”Our Great National Parks” premieres April 13th.

Higher Ground Productions has a hefty lineup of films and series set to drop. Here’s what coming down the pipeline:


Exit West is a feature film based on Mohsin Hamid’s critically-acclaimed novel. A love story set against an epic global migration enabled by a supernatural phenomenon, Exit West is the story of two people as they seek a better life together, all the while yearning for a home to which they may never return. The New York Times named the novel one of the 10 Best Books of 2017, it was selected for the Booker Prize longlist, and former U.S. President Barack Obama named it one of the best books he read in 2017. The film stars Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) who will also executive produce via his Left Handed Films banner,  and will be directed by Yann Demange (White Boy Rick) and co-produced with Joe Russo, Anthony Russo and Mike Larocca for the Russos’ AGBO. 

Satellite is a science fiction feature film written by Ola Shokunbi, and produced by Kiri Hart and Stephen Feder for Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman’s T Street.

Tenzing is a feature film based on the true story of Tenzing Norgay, the man who first reached the summit of Everest, the highest mountain in the world, along with Sir Edmund Hillary.  This is the story of an unsung hero and the unique bond he formed with another outsider that enabled them to make history together.  BAFTA nominee Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa), who has spent years on Everest herself, will direct. Tenzing marks her first foray into narrative film. Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner Luke Davies (Lion) wrote the spec script based on the book "Tenzing: Hero of Everest" by Ed Douglas. Peedom and Davies are producing alongside HGP.  David Michôd (The King) and Norbu Tenzing Norgay will executive produce.

The Young Wife is a feature film from writer and director Tayarisha Poe (Selah and the Spades). It follows Celestina, 29, on the day of her first wedding. Or not a wedding, exactly, but a party. A party where there’s movement, and Celestina is out of sync. The guests flood in; a storm approaches.


Firekeeper’s Daughter is a series based on the debut novel by Angeline Boulley, set to publish in Spring 2021 by Henry Holt & Co. The novel is a YA thriller that follows an 18-year-old Native girl as she reluctantly goes undercover in a police investigation on her Ojibwe reservation. Mickey Fisher (Reverie, Extant) will serve as showrunner, and will co-write with Wenonah Wilms (Horsehead Girls) who will also serve as an executive producer.  Like author Boulley, Wilms is from the Ojibwe tribe (Sault Ste. Marie and Red Cliff bands, respectively) and will bring her lived experiences to this series.

Great National Parks is a natural history docuseries that will explore some of the most wondrous national parks and wild spaces on Earth. Highlighting extraordinary species and habitats, the series will illustrate the importance of protecting the world’s remaining wildernesses and making them accessible for all. Higher Ground is producing the series with Wild Space Productions and wildlife filmmaker James Honeyborne of the award-winning series Blue Planet II.

Recently Announced:

Ada Twist, Scientist is an animated preschool series based on the best-selling book series by author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts featuring a young Black scientist who will explore helping people through scientific discovery, collaboration and friendship. Higher Ground is producing alongside executive producers Chris Nee and Kerri Grant.

The G Word with Adam Conover is a hybrid comedy series hosted by Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything) based on The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy by bestselling author Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Moneyball). Higher Ground is producing alongside  Adam Conover, Jon Cohen, and Jon Wolf of Fair Point.



Just a few days ago, POTUS Obama revealed he tested positive for COVID-19, though he’s “feeling fine.” He shared he’s experiencing some minor symptoms and that his wife, Forever First Lady Michelle Obama, has tested negative.


“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” he tweeted. “Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative. It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down."

We are praying for a speedy recovery from the minor symptoms he’s experiencing.

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