Barack Obama Eyes Digital-Media Career (Report)

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President Barack Obama is considering a post-White House career in digital media, according to a report on the website Mic.

Citing multiple unnamed sources, Mic reports that Obama is considering launching his own digital-media company after he leaves office next month, with possible offshoots including a series on a Netflix-style platform or a show on a comedy website. According to the site, Obama also met in Lima, Peru on the sidelines of the recent APEC summit with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss the potential media venture.

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told Mic in a statement, “While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office.” The Mic report also cautions that the President, in regards to launching a digital-media company, “has reportedly cooled on the idea of late.”

Obama has had an active presence in digital media during his candidacy, becoming the first sitting president to use Twitter and other forms of social media, and using platforms such as Zach Galifianakis’ comedy web series “Between Two Ferns” to promote elements of his legislative agenda, such as the Affordable Care Act.


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