Better men might feel ashamed, but regret has never been one of his strong suits.
On Saturday, the Television Academy revealed that former President Barack Obama has won an Emmy for “Outstanding Narrator” for an episode of a series he and his wife produced for Netflix.
Naturally, the establishment media sites gushed about the man’s seeming success, even though it was obvious that another man was the real focus of attention.
The Associated Press, a once-respected news institution that has long since traded in its notebooks for kneepads when it comes to the 44th president, gushed that “Barack Obama is halfway to an EGOT.”
(The acronym referred to the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards, the four most important honors in American entertainment.)
All the usual suspects took up the AP version of the story, including CBS, ABC, The New York Times, and others, indicating that the nation’s media titans gave it their full blessing (as well as an apparent disinclination to have full staffs working on Saturday).
Similar to Facebook, Twitter was flooded with images of a beaming Obama as well as messages of congratulations praising the former senator from Illinois on his most recent achievement and disparaging his successor.
And despite some of the Twitter posts making it abundantly evident, hardly nowhere was it mentioned why Obama had been given such tremendous praise.
As most rational Americans are aware, the cause has nothing to do with his alleged narrative abilities. It has nothing to do with his résumé or his appalling performance as president of an administration that was retreating overseas and determined to mistreat its own people at home.
(Ask conservative Americans targeted by individuals like Lois Lerner at the IRS how wonderful the Obama years were, or the populations of the Middle East cursed with living under the murderous rule of the Islamic State group, the “caliphate” of killers Obama famously dubbed the “jayvee team” of terrorism.)
The nation and the world saw a dramatic transition when now-former President Donald Trump assumed office, utilizing a policy of essentially doing everything the opposite of Obama. This change was unquestionably for the better.
Among these are a few: The Islamic State organization was defeated, the American economy was booming, Israel started to strike ostensibly genuine agreements with formerly implacably hostile adversaries, and American energy output finally made the nation independent from other countries, friendly or not. The list might continue.
Democrats have spent the past two years trying to make Americans forget that. The Emmys ceremony was one more opportunity.
Obama’s Emmy win — for narrating a look at the national parks of the world — was a political message from the nation’s cultural elite, on the eve of midterm elections that will determine the future of President Joe Biden’s remaining years in office.
In any so-called “competition” that involves a Democrat of Obama’s stature (only Bill Clinton might command a fonder audience among the faithful), but especially one in a politically fraught moment like the one Biden’s disastrous tenure has created, the liberal establishment is going to throw its weight onto the scales, making the outcome a foregone conclusion.
Obama’s narration of “Our Great National Parks” may well have been the single best oration since Churchill saved Western civilization with the force of the English language (it’s extremely doubtful enough Americans watched it for there to be any kind of consensus on the subject), but that has nothing to do with Obama’s Emmy.
As even a cursory glance at social media on Sunday showed, the reaction of liberals was primarily about how the Obama win was really a loss for You Know Who:
Barack Obama Wins Emmy https://t.co/yyr5SZcOK6
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 4, 2022
Trump has been desperate for an #Emmy for his whole life and Obama just casually won one. 😂
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) September 4, 2022
Saw news that Former President Barack Obama is the first President to win a competitive Emmy Award for narrating “Our Great National Parks” which aired on Netflix. I know of another former president who is surely having a cow right about now.
— Stella Beat (@StellaBeat) September 4, 2022
Even Obama fans would have to agree he’s led a life of shameless self-promotion. He’d published not just one but two autobiographies before he even became the president and naturally has published a third since. Trump critics can obviously say the same, but being a showman has been part of Trump’s public persona going back to the 1970s. No one ever thought of giving him a halo for it.
Obama, meanwhile, long ago proved he’s no shrinking violet when it comes to soaking up unearned publicity, yet makes a pretense of humility that the mainstream media never puncture.
This is the man, after all, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for doing literally nothing — the whole world knew that it was more a Nobel committee judgment on former President George W. Bush than anything Obama had even thought of yet. (Obama had been in office for all of eight months when the Nobel was announced in October 2009. No serious person could take that seriously.)
He’s a man who’s won Grammys for reading out loud those two vainglorious autobiographies.
He’s a man who won the biggest prize of all — the presidency of the United States — and spent eight years diminishing both the office and the country it serves. Living proof that he never deserved it.
So, shame is not his strong point. Which just makes Saturday’s award even more of a disgrace.