Former US President Barack Obama has added an Emmy Award to his bag of prizes and honors, becoming the second US leader to earn the prestigious statuette for “Excellency” in the television industry.
The 44th US President won the “outstanding narrator” Emmys for “Our great national parks”, a five-part Netflix documentary series, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s own production company, “Higher ground.”
Obama was not present at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night to personally receive the statuette. He is the second American leader to receive the award for best television, after Dwight D. Eisenhower received a special Emmy Award in 1956 for becoming the first president to give a televised press conference.
Barack Obama received numerous honors and awards before, during, and after his two terms in the White House between 2009 and 2017. Among his other accolades in the entertainment industry are two Grammy Awards he won for reading books audio of two of his memoirs, “Dreams of My Father” in 2006 and “The Audacity of Hope” In 2008.
The illustrious politician also holds the Pentagon’s highest medal for distinguished public service, several honors from foreign states – including Israel and Saudi Arabia – more than a dozen honorary degrees from several US states.
His most significant award is the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, which he received just nine months into his presidency, for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”, largely on speculation that he would keep his promises – while the United States instead started new wars and prolonged existing ones under his leadership.
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