Barack Obama Receives an Emmy for Narrating a Netflix Documentary

Award winners from the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday included former president Barack Obama and the late actor Chadwick Boseman. Obama’s narration of the Netflix documentary “Our Great National Parks” was recognized with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator.

The Obamas’ production firm Higher Ground made a documentary series about national parks and wildlife worldwide. Obama is only the second sitting US president to take home an Emmy. When Dwight Eisenhower was still serving as president in 1956, he received an honorary Governors Award from the Television Academy.

Obama has won two major entertainment awards and is halfway to the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Seventeen people, including Rita Moreno and John Legend, have accomplished this feat. Two Grammys were awarded to the former president for audiobook adaptations of his memoirs.

On the same day, Chadwick Boseman was posthumously awarded an Emmy. Boseman won the award for character voice-over performance for his work as Marvel’s Star-Lord T’Challa in the Disney+ animated series “What If…?” The star of “Black Panther” died from cancer in 2020, at 43.


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Born on August 4, 1961 Barack Hussein Obama II is a former president of the United States. He held office from 2009 until 2017. Democratic Party member and the first African-American to lead the United States. Obama was an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004 and a U.S. senator from 2005 to 2008.

Obama’s place of birth is recorded as Honolulu. He moved to Chicago after earning his degree from Columbia in 1983 and spent the next decade working in community organizing. He began his legal education at Harvard in 1988, and by 1992 he had become the school’s first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

After finishing law school, he taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago from 1992 to 2004 and practiced civil rights law. He entered electoral politics and served as the senator representing Illinois’s 13th district from 1997 until 2004.

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