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Former President Barack Obama wins Emmy Award for narrating Netflix documentary

On Saturday, former president Barack Obama was awarded an Emmy Award for being the best narrator for his Netflix documentary series, “Our Great National Parks.”

Obama is the 2nd US President to win an Emmy, with Dwight Eisenhower winning one in 1956.

Netflix Tweeted to congratulate Obama on his award: “Congrats to President Barack Obama who just became the first President to win a competitive Emmy for narrating Our Great National Parks.”

According to Netflix’s synopsis of the show, “Spanning five continents, the series brims with wonder, humor and optimism as each episode tells the story of a national park through the lives of its wildest residents — both big and exceptionally small — and explores our changing relationship with wilderness.”

Netflix also goes on to talk about Obama’s personal work in protecting the environment and the need for people to continue to do this.

“Obama protected more public lands and waters than any US president. And this docuseries is as much a celebration of nature as it is a call to action. In the trailer, Obama describes Our Great National Parks as a “journey through the natural wonders of our shared birthright,” Netflix said.

They continued, “But this birthright is constantly under attack, by manmade disasters and indulgences that have hastened a global climate crisis, and many species are on the brink of extinction. The conservationist spirit of Our Great National Parks is clear: These wonders deserve to be preserved, and one of the best ways to prove that is to show audiences what these wonders look like when they thrive.”

The five-part show is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, “Higher Ground.” The show takes viewers around several national parks from around the world.

Other nominees for the Creative Arts Emmy included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Attenborough and Lupita Nyong’o.

Obama has also won two Grammy Awards for his audiobook reading of two of his memoirs, The Audacity of Hope and A Promised Land. This puts Obama halfway to achieving a EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony).  Only 17 people have done this. Mel Brooks, Whoopie Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn and Jenifer Hudson are 4 people to have achieved this feat.

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