Former US President Barack Obama has added an Emmy Award to his growing bag of prizes and honors, becoming the second American leader to ever get the prestigious statuette for “excellence” in the television industry.
The 44th US President won the “outstanding narrator” Emmy for “Our Great National Parks,” a five-episode 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 receive the statuette personally. He is the second US leader to be honored the top TV award, after Dwight D. Eisenhower received a special Emmy Award in 1956 for becoming the first president to give a televised news 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 awards in the entertainment industry are two Grammy Awards that he got for audiobook reading of two of his memoirs, “Dreams from My Father” in 2006 and “The Audacity of Hope” in 2008.