September 16, 2019

"They failed on the Mueller Report, they failed on Robert Mueller’s testimony, they failed on everything else, so now the Democrats are trying to build a case that I enrich myself by being President."

"Good idea, except I will, and have always expected to, lose BILLIONS of DOLLARS.. ....for the privilege of being your President - and doing the best job that has been done in many decades. I am far beyond somebody paying for a hotel room for the evening, or filling up a gas tank at an airport I do not own. These Radical Left Democrats are CRAZY! Obama Netflix?"

Trump tweets.

Trump assumes you understand what "Obama Netflix" means, but I see in the sidebar that "Obama Netflix" is trending, and when I click on it I see lots of tweets acting like Trump's just talking crazy, putting words together randomly. There's stuff like "It’s sort of amazing that he vomits up the words 'OBAMA NETFLIX!' directly after accusing Democrats of being crazy" from Jon Favreau.

Jon Favreau, I know the name and associate it mainly with this unforgettable photograph:



How much did Obama make from his Netflix deal?
No dollar figures have been reported but, in Hollywood, Netflix is not known for a lack of generosity in pursuit of big names who might bring in fresh subscribers. Producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”) was handed $100 million to sign up; producer Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”) took home $300 million.
Those who are mocking Trump's "crazy" 2-word question "Obama Netflix?" may regret heightening its visibility. It's going to make some of us want to know the actual dollar amount. Didn't Obama say he wanted to be "the most transparent President" ever? Ha ha. No. That was Trump.

And, by the way, isn't it true that Trump is losing lots of money by being President? He may be wrong about what he's observed about his country over the years and his notions of what ought to be done about it, but isn't he giving? Lots of people don't want what he's giving, but he is giving, I think. That's the heart-rending tragedy... if he's wrong. But he thinks he's right.

74 comments:

mccullough said...

Netflix was the biggest beneficiary of Obama’s Net Neutrality.

The payoff was $50 million.

FortWorthGuy said...

About that picture: people seem to focus only on the guy grabbing her boob, and discount the guy shoving a phallic symbol in her face!

rhhardin said...

Women feel Trump ought to show more niceness.

Shouting Thomas said...

I harken back to the prof's comment that Trump is "weird."

He isn't. He's extraordinary.

Trump is remarkably like a number of extraordinary characters I've met and worked for... highly visible and incredibly famous and powerful executives and lawyers. If I named them, you'd know them. Althouse has to know at least of couple of the lawyers I've talking about.

So, Trump's hugely confident and believes that he knows best, and that others should follow his practices and advice. That's true of every one of those extraordinary characters I mentioned. They are great, successful patriarchs.

What's weird about Trump? Loving pussy and wanting to get his hands on the best and youngest legally available. Every one of the guys I worked for... exactly the same.

Out of all the incredibly successful and stupendously wealthy lawyers and executives I worked for, I only really disliked one and I was more or less neutral on another. The rest I really liked and enjoyed their company.

traditionalguy said...

Trump's OK. Like a Clint Eastwood movie hero, he will see get to see revenge taken on his enemies soon. The 100,000+ Federal Criminal Indictments will soon be unsealed. AG Barr is a warrior.

Larry J said...

As is often the case when a politician’s career is over, companies and organizations pay them big bucks for services rendered. While the politician is still in office, the do it by hiring the politician’s relatives for big bucks, no work jobs, like the sweet gig Michelle Obama got from the University of Chicago. Afterwards, former politicians get not only jobs and board memberships, they get fat speaking fees and other gifts. I don’t know how much Netflix paid the Obamas but I’ve heard it was over $60 million. For that reason, I will not subscribe to their services.

Original Mike said...

"And, by the way, isn't it true that Trump is losing lots of money by being President?"

None other than the Washington Post has reported that to be the case. Half the country won't go to his properties.

rcocean said...

Trump has been our most patriotic and unselfish President since Reagan. He didn't need to be POTUS. He was a 70 y/o billionaire with a beautiful model wife and a young son. He could have done what the koch Brothers and Paul Singer did/do, stay behind the scenes and pull strings by donating money. Instead, he put himself through a grueling Campaign, and has taken more hatred and abuse, more shit, from the Democrat party, the MSM and the Establishment, then anyone in my lifetime.

And what is his "Radical" program. Let's see: Enforce immigration laws, get better trade deals, cut taxes, and get our allies to pay more for their own defense. And not get into any useless wars. OMG! What a Hate monger! What a racist! What a Nazi! HE MUST BE DESTROYED.

rcocean said...

I'd love to hear more about the Obama Netflix deal. Also, even more then most DC pols, Obama was in the back pocket of Amazon/Google/Facebook/Apple. Is this part of the pay-off? Or is more $$$ coming down the road from Silicon valley?

Molly said...

(eaglebeak)

"Lots of people don't want what he's giving, but he is giving, I think. That's the heart-rending tragedy... if he's wrong. But he thinks he's right."

Heart-rending tragedy? I wouldn't give it a second thought. The economy is going up up up and China's going down down down, so I think Trump is doing for the country what he said he would do.

Now if one is an Obama fan, one won't see it that way, but being an Obama fan is what's wrong. And Obama is the chap who's making money hand over fist as his payback for shredding the country.

narciso said...

Yes its the payoff for net neutrality promotion.

rehajm said...

Jon Favreau, I know the name and associate it mainly with this unforgettable photograph

Biff said...

"Obama Netflix" also may have an interesting inoculation effect: if Netflix comes to be perceived as more politically compromised than most media outlets because of the Obama connection, then the public may become more skeptical of Netflix productions which touch on politics. Smart!

rehajm said...

I didn't want to give $12.99/month to the Obamas via Netflix. Not sure I did much damage to the Obamas but Netflix lost net subscribers in the quarter I quit. Coincidence? I think not...

Quaestor said...

Obama Netflix.

Payment for services rendered.

Bill Harshaw said...

He's (and his family) are losing money by being the President he's being: broadly unpopular, both in US and abroad. If he were as popular as he thinks he ought to be he'd be raking in the billions.

R.J. Chatt said...

Obama Netflix? Means in Trumpian shorthand, Obama is the one who is using his status as president to enrich himself.

bleh said...

I'm soooooo ready for Netlfix to go down in flames. It used to be great, and then they went on a spending spree trying to create original content, most of it garbage. Then they raised subscription rates right when they started losing licensed shows like Friends. I really feel like they're about to collapse. I wonder what happens when Disney's content finally gets pulled from Netflix (bearing in mind Disney is a lot more than just Disney).

I hope Obama's millions have hastened the collapse.

Big Mike said...

But he thinks he's right.

That’s because he is.

Bay Area Guy said...

Emoluments!

Qwinn said...

I haven't canceled Netflix yet. The first time I open Netflix up and the Obama special is shoved in my face as something I should watch is the day I will cancel. I want to make sure they have no illusions as to why I did it. I want that one day to be the biggest 1 day drop in subscribers in their history.

Bay Area Guy said...

RUSSIA! RACISM! RECESSION!

-Vote Democrat in 2020!

Ken B said...

Half the country won’t use his hotels and tries to shame the rest, Yes he is losing money.

Once again, people playing dumb to seem smart. It is perfectly clear what Obama Netflix means. What was Obama worth when he entered politics? How tech is he now? Same with the Clintons.

tim maguire said...

I find it very hard to believe that the people making fun of Trump over "Obama Netflix?" don't know exactly what he means by it.

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...

Lots of people don't want what he's giving, but he is giving, I think. That's the heart-rending tragedy... if he's wrong.

Thinking he's right, but maybe he's wrong...who *doesn't* that apply to? I think our recent string of presidents have been thuddingly wrong about a lot of things. How is Trump so different here that it's all of sudden a "heart-rending tragedy"?

As if, lol, no hearts had been rent in the preceding decades when Davos Man was riding high and essentially unchallenged. Pshaw. Trump isn't a radical, and no policy of his is at all likely to cause more damage or have more disastrous consequences than the policies of those who came before him.

rehajm said...

You can game Netflix by signing up for a free month every month.

Bill Peschel said...

This reminds me that on a recent Conan O'Brian podcast, he and Dana Carvey made fun of Obama's Netflix deal. It amused me so much that I clipped the two minutes and put it up on my website.

Then they went back to more Trump-bashing, but for a moment, I got an idea of what it would have been like if Obama had been treated like most other presidents.

wendybar said...

“This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama said during a Google Plus “Fireside” Hangout. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/283335-obama-this-is-the-most-transparent-administration-in-history

Cassandra said...

re: Obama Netflix. The WSJ reviews Higher Ground's first educational/'non-partisan' production:

The film..."never once alludes to the part Mr. Obama played in diminishing the ability of Moraine’s laid off workers to transfer to other GM plants. The president’s role wasn’t indirect and isn’t a matter of dispute: His administration’s bailout deal for GM included a backroom exclusive agreement with the United Auto Workers."

..."The Obama administration’s auto bailout highly favored the UAW and its members. The GM plant in Moraine was unionized by the IUE-CWA. So—despite being one of the top GM facilities for quality, efficiency and production in the country—it was shuttered, and its employees were put at the back of the line when requesting transfers to other GM plants. Any non-UAW employees looking to transfer were forced to start as new hires, wiping clean any wages, tenure, and benefits built up during careers at other GM plants."


“American Factory” documents the UAW’s efforts to unionize the reopened auto glass factory without any mention of the same union’s direct role in the GM plant’s closure. The Dayton community was left out in the cold—thousands of jobs lost, families devastated, longtime GM workers out on the street looking for work.

Kinda like those planes that aimed their ownselves at the WTC.

David Begley said...

First comment was correct. Netflix deal was a payoff from Netflix to Obama for net neutrality.

Milwaukie guy said...

Obama Netflix. Troll level: Grand Master. This may have legs all week.

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Unknown said...

Trump makes more money off putting up the secret service in mar lago, and hosting state dinners there with foreign dignitaries then he makes off of the salary for a president. It’s so painfully obvious the only people who won’t admit that are part of the trump cult

Unknown said...

Jesus you trump supporters are a cult; he is making millions off of hosting foreign dignitaries in his trump hotels alone.

n.n said...

Obamacare to secure progressive prices.

Net Neutrality to giveback to high bandwidth platforms.

CAGW and GND, clean, green, redistributive change.

Pro-Choice, four choices too late, planned parenthood, or wicked solution, for social progress.

Trump is losing money that he could have earned as a socialist/fascist. He'll have to settle for market returns.

stan said...

Democrats have used politics to get rich forever. The corruption never ends. It's the Chicago Way. Or Boston. Or any other big city that Democrats run.

And Democrats project. Projection is their thing.

Unknown said...

rcocean, being stupid, ill informed, and sheepish is not a good luck. Turn off faux news. You are welcome.

Jim at said...

Compare the wealth of the Obamas before and after his Presidency to that of Trump.

The end.

Jupiter said...

"Didn't Obama say he wanted to be "the most transparent President" ever?"

No, what Obama said was "I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." No word on whether he expects to reach that point during his lifetime.

rehajm said...

And, by the way, isn't it true that Trump is losing lots of money by being President?

There's the opportunity cost of giving up operations and dealmaking for his enterprises. In his hotel group, Trump Doral and other locations were big for corporate outings and I've been told by those at Doral that business dropped of over 80 percent after he was elected- companies just don't want to risk political backlash. So yes, it's likely hurting...

Sebastian said...

"And, by the way, isn't it true that Trump is losing lots of money"

Oh, yeah, by the way, that's true.

And, oh, yeah, by the way, it is also true that prominent Dems make money based on their government jobs -- like the O's, grabbing in the neighborhood of $60M. To curate narratives.

If progs believed what they professed to believe, one or two of them might actually complain about the corruption and the increased inequality that results from it. But no.

So let's see. Progs bitch about Trump telling the truth. Progs don't bitch about Dems doing things they supposedly reject.

narciso said...

You forgot bertelsman, as payback for the iran deal,

Unknown said...

Thanks for reminding me that I needed to cancel Netflix, which I just did. Our common values are vanashing.

narciso said...

he is cognizant of chinas's grand strategy:


https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/09/16/unofficial-emissary-michael-pillsbury-heads-to-china/

Unknown said...

Wow, The ridiculous comments here regarding that ignorant racist trump as unselfish and the most patriotic president ever is so freaking funny. It's hilarious when I read racist saying the grand wizard trump isn't a racist. HA.

Roy Lofquist said...

The Democrats have entered the "Divine Wind" stage of the war.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamikaze

buwaya said...

Indeed, that was a $60 million advance from Bertelsman.
Iran deal you say? Not Bertelsmans own Iran deal, it must be a third(fourth, fifth,..) degree backscratch from a consortium.

And thats two years ago, for a book as yet unreleased.

Thats $110 million in just two deals we know about.
I wouldn't be surprised if they are suddenly worth 500 million at some point.

Early riser, but jet lag is getting better. 5:30am is my usual!

But will have some more jet lag in a few weeks.

narciso said...

kamikaze scotsman,

are you crossing the atlantic often,

Qwinn said...

Unknown claims:

"Trump makes more money off putting up the secret service in mar lago, and hosting state dinners there with foreign dignitaries then he makes off of the salary for a president."

Absolutely true, since Trump makes absolutely nothing off of the salary for President, since he donates it all back to the country. Even Politifact admits it.

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/trumpometer/promise/1341/take-no-salary/

But you actually twist that fact into a bullshit factoid to convince people they should *hate* Trump.

Which makes you pretty f'ing loathsome and dishonest, wouldn't you say?

Unknown said...

Trump is weird he is just Americas total fuckup.

TJM said...

The Demtards and the media (but I repeat myself) are criminally insane

TJM said...

The Dems and the media (but I repeat myself) are criminally insane

Freder Frederson said...

And, by the way, isn't it true that Trump is losing lots of money by being President?

We have no way of knowing. What don't know how much he made before he became president, and we don't know how much he has made since he became president.

Regardless, it is ridiculous to say he is losing money. Nobody forced him to run for president. Even if he is making less now, it is of his own free will, he is not "losing" any money, merely choosing to make less than he could otherwise.

Drago said...

Looks like some unknown wandered in from some moron facebook discussion thread.

John henry said...

Netflix seemed to be rubbing my face in it in April. In the same tranche I got one email saying they were raising my fee. Next email was how happy they were to be hiring Obama for untold riches

I canceled immediately, of course

John Henry

CWJ said...

Unknown, For your own sake, pack it up and come back after you've achieved at least "Howard" or "Once written" level trolling. As it stands now, all you're doing is giving me a laugh at your expense.

narciso said...

well the Disney streaming service, will take a bite out of them,

Yancey Ward said...

So, which of our dispatched commenters do we think this new "Unknown" is? Could be Inga, but the style doesn't quite fit, but I am open to persuasion.

glacial erratic said...

Trump is "weird"? Maybe, but it is a weirdness we can use. He is also smarter than his immediate predecessors, and far smarter than the Light Bringer.
Trump routinely gives impromptu 40 minute press briefings on the White House lawn, no teleprompter, answering any question posed by media hyenas who are desperate to find anything they can twist into an attack. No one as stupid as Trump's critics imagine he is, could survive that kind of constant assault.

Michael said...

Trump makes more money off putting up the secret service in mar lago, and hosting state dinners there with foreign dignitaries then he makes off of the salary for a president. It’s so painfully obvious the only people who won’t admit that are part of the trump cult

How stupid. He doesn’t take a salary.

Operaman said...

Trump isn’t losing a lot of money because he’s President. He’s losing money by saying and doing things that a great many people take offense to. For most of his career, Trump made money by leveraging his name. The market for that name isn’t as valuable.

Personally, I don’t favor ex-Presidents who receive large sums after leaving office, whether its Obama’s deals or the high paid speaking engagements by Clinton and Reagan.

The only thing worse is taking public money (or that of foreign governments and big business hoping to influence the Administration) for the use of the President’s properties or businesses.

Big Mike said...

Women feel Trump ought to show more niceness.

Women have also accused his son of being mentally retarded. @rhhardin, perhaps you should be suggesting that women become nicer first.

Josephbleau said...

What I dislike is politicians taking free land from Tony Rezco in Chicago, and when you get caught you say oh shucks that was kind of dumb, but you don’t have to give it back. Obama the most moral man in the world.

Notbelieving said...

I am confused - Trump claims he's lost billions being president. Then he shouldn't mind offering proof of this altruism. He claims he's a successful billionaire businessman - once again, proof? He gives millions upon millions to charity! Proof? The rich did not benefit from his tax cuts? Of that we have proof - he lied. I'm not sure how anyone can believe anything that this President says when he offers no proof and has been caught in lie after lie, not just now but for most of his life. Just look it up for yourself!

Drago said...

Field Marshall and Noted Bundy Case Synopsizer Freder: "Regardless, it is ridiculous to say he is losing money. Nobody forced him to run for president. Even if he is making less now, it is of his own free will, he is not "losing" any money, merely choosing to make less than he could otherwise."

LOL

Self-refuting comments are always the most entertaining.

Drago said...

Lefty: " I'm not sure how anyone can believe anything that this President says when he offers no proof and has been caught in lie after lie, not just now but for most of his life."

LOL

Yes, this idiot lefty wrote that just now, after a week during which we were treated to a new round of astonishing lies about Kavanaugh and how the CIA had to extract a supposed asset because of Trump....but was really all due to what happened during the obama admin....right before the next round of emoluments lies about Trump supposedly directing the Air Force to perform refueling stops near his Turnberry golf club in the UK, even though all the contracts were signed during the obama admin and the cost per night of the accomodations at the Trump locale is less than its nearby competitors!!

So, you know, Mr or Mrs or Xrs Notbelieving, just keep it up. Just keep it up.

The more you spout off the better off our chances in 2020 will be...

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Drago said...

Republicans: The dems are going to go full nazi and confiscate your weapons.

Democrats/Media/LLR's: Not true!!

Politifact: Like, totally not true!!

Beto: Hell yes we are going to take your weapons.

Republicans: The dems are going to go full nazi and confiscate your weapons.

Democrats/Media/LLR's: ........(shhhhhhhh)....

Politifact: .......................................

Notbelieving said...

"Yes, this idiot lefty wrote that just now, after a week during which we were treated to a new round of astonishing lies about Kavanaugh..."

If you're right and they are all lies about Kavanaugh, then he has every right to sue them. But that doesn't diminish any of the lies the president has said throughout most of his life, not just while in office.

Another falsehood - anyone who disagrees with Trump must be a "lefty" because no self-respecting conservative would ever disagree with Trump, would they? A man who himself has only been in the Republican party since 2011. Look it up.

Notbelieving said...

I quote: "Yes, this idiot lefty wrote that just now, after a week during which we were treated to a new round of astonishing lies about Kavanaugh..."

If you're right and they are all lies about Kavanaugh, then he has every right to sue them. But that doesn't diminish any of the lies the president has said throughout most of his life, not just while in office.

Another falsehood - anyone who disagrees with Trump must be a "lefty" because no self-respecting conservative would ever disagree with Trump, would they? A man who himself has only been in the Republican party since 2011. Look it up.

TJM said...

Nonbelieving,

Is that you Mittens Romney or Pussy Bush?

Notbelieving said...

Hey TMJ - that's what I like about some Trump supporters. They have witty, insightful, respectful, intelligent and fact-filled comebacks. Maybe you should come back when you have something better than "Trump is smmmmott - everyone else is dumm!" Maybe research something on your own from a wide spectrum of sources rather than take it right from Trump.