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Trump attempts to investigate former President and First Lady Obama

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Barack and Michelle Obama have recently resurfaced in the White House. This caught social media’s attention when they informed the public on their plans after serving their two terms as President and First Lady. Their plans include book deals and Netflix partnerships, both first announced in May 2018. Both ventures will give the public an inside look as to what it was like being the first African American President and First Lady.

It was not a huge surprise when the couple announced their Netflix deal, since entertainment and politics are becoming increasingly intertwined. The Obamas created the joint production company, Higher Ground, to capture inspirational stories that will include controversial topics that the Obama family have experienced throughout the years. 

Their goal is to create  entertainment for a variety of ages, they believe their series will contain something for everyone to enjoy. Over the next couple of years, the Higher Ground production company will be releasing a number of series: American Factory, Bloom, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, Overlooked, Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents, Fifth Risk and Crip Camp.

With the controversial information that will be supplied to produce these series, it has raised some questions with the current President. President Trump wants to advise an investigation on the Obamas’ “ridiculous” Netflix and book deal. With the Obamas’ book deal being worth around 65 million dollars and the Netflix partnership being an ‘high-8-figure’ deal. Trump has asked the government to look into the details.

Trump’s reasoning for this investigation suggestion was to focus the attention off him for a change as he says “…for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades.”

 He mentions the Netflix deal on Twitter where he suggests Democrats look into Obamas’ business deals and not his own, as he has been under fire for quite awhile. 

As this is not Trump’s first time complaining about the former President, the media was not surprised when he threw out the investigation. President Trump hoped to push over the negativity on his own scandals asl well as the scandals of his administration such as Justice Kavanaugh’s, to the Obamas’ new business arrangement, although deals with Netflix and book contracts are legal and free to carry out. 

However, Trump’s attempt to deflect negativity about himself onto the Obamas might have failed greatly. The widespread use of social media networking has come back to say that if the investigation was turned around onto some of the tweets and plans Trump has made, this battle would be fast ending.

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Controversy over the Recent Nike Advertisement

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Sep. 20, 2018

The newest Nike advertisement stars former San Francisco 49’ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. The 30-year-old is the face of the Nike “Just Do It” campaign and the most recent face of the Nike company.

This controversial advertisement features the statement: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” This is relevant to Kaepernick because he began protesting during the National Anthem at NFL games, by taking a knee instead of standing during the singing of the Anthem.

President Trump doesn’t support Nike’s move to feature Kaepernick in their advertising campaign because he does not believe that the Anthem protests are appropriate. He is vocal about his criticism of Kaepernick, and other protesters, on his Twitter account.

While President Trump doesn’t support Nike, former President of the United States, Barack Obama, supports Nike products and this advertisement.

During the advertisement in question, Kaepernick talks about dreams and his dream was to be a football player in which he did accomplish. Kaepernick did lose his position as starting quarterback and was released from the team because he started the protests. He could be claimed by another team but he will have to work very hard in order to do it. He did this advertisement to show how he believes in his quiet protest during the National Anthem.

As this story continues to grow bigger, memes have been made out of the advertisement such as, “Don’t care, even if it means not caring about anything.” That is a meme that is supposed to be a joke from the actual advertisement.

As people gather their thoughts on this advertisement and the greater debate over kneeling during the Anthem, a lingering question remains: will this controversy change the NFL?

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Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

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