Barack Obama is the second US President to have an Emmy. Dwight D Eisenhower was given a special Emmy Award in 1956.
Last Updated: 12.13 PM, Sep 12, 2022
Barack Obama is halfway to completing the EGOT. Along with his two Grammys, the former US president received an Emmy Award recently. Obama received an Emmy nomination for the best narrator for his work on the Netflix documentary series Our Great National Parks. Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground, is behind the five-part series, which features national parks from around the world.
He was the most well-known nominee in a category that included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Attenborough, and Lupita Nyong'o for the award given out at Creative Arts Emmys.
Barack Obama is the second president to have an Emmy. Dwight D Eisenhower was given a special Emmy Award in 1956.
Barack Obama has previously received Grammy Awards for the audiobook readings of his memoirs, The Audacity of Hope and A Promised Land.
The term EGOT refers to entertainers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. 17 people have done it so far.
Notably, the late Chadwick Boseman won an Emmy for his voice work. The Black Panther actor took home the award for best character voiceover for the Disney+ and Marvel Studios animated series What If...? Boseman played T'Challa, the Black Panther, in an alternate universe where he becomes Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. It was one of Boseman's final projects before his death in 2020 from colon cancer at the age of 43.
In an interview, Obama was asked if he was a writer who became a politician or a politician who did some writing. "In many ways, the jobs of a writer and a politician overlap. Both are attempting to tell an engaging story."
He went on to say, "Some of the pitfalls that politicians face can be avoided as a writer. Your job as a writer is to figure out how to show your readers that interior life. That's a viewpoint I believe we could use more of in politics. You discover what you are incapable of doing on your own. Whether you're trying to make a difference at home or abroad, you need to form coalitions, invest in relationships, and find ways to collaborate. That's how we rallied the world to fight Ebola before it became a pandemic, as it is now."