Did the Obamas promise to donate all the money they will earn from their book and Netflix deals to charity in order to fight wealth inequality? No, that's not true. Any news reports you may have seen about that originated from a story on a Christian-themed satire website. It is not real.
The story originated from an article published on May 21, 2018 by the Babylon Bee titled "Obamas Promise To Donate All Proceeds From Multimillion-Dollar Book, Netflix Deals To Combat Wealth Inequality" (archived here) which opened:
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Barack and Michelle Obama have committed to donate all of the money they are slated to receive as part of their recent multimillion-dollar book and Netflix deals to combat wealth inequality in the nation, the celebrity politician couple announced Monday.
Obama told the press he wanted to make sure people didn't think he was using his experiences in public service for his own personal gain, but rather for the good of all, in order to remain consistent with his party's platform.
"We talk a big talk when it comes to wealth inequality in our nation, and it's time for us to start walking the walk," Obama said, speaking to reporters in front of his newly purchased $8.1-million home in an exclusive neighborhood in D.C. "That's why we'll be giving every dollar of our ridiculously profitable book and film deals to charities that help the less fortunate."
The summary of the story looked like a news article enough to fool some people:
Obamas Promise To Donate All Proceeds From Multimillion-Dollar Book, Netflix Deals To Combat Wealth Inequality
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Barack and Michelle Obama have committed to donate all of the money they are slated to receive as part of their recent multimillion-dollar book and Netflix deals to combat wealth inequality in the nation, the celebrity politician couple announced Monday. Obama told the press he wanted to make sure people didn't think he was ...
The existence of the Obama foundation proves the Obamas are definitely not shy about enganging in charity. You can read more about the activities of the foundation on its website:
"I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to create change - but in yours." President Barack Obama
But giving away everything earned with their books and Netflix show? We found no official announcement about this anywhere and "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:
The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.
Some of their greatest past hits include:
- Joel Osteen Sails Luxury Yacht Through Flooded Houston To Pass Out Copies Of 'Your Best Life Now'
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With a track record like that it is clear that you shouldn't take anything posted on the site seriously and you definitely shouldn't confuse it with real news.
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