Divided States of America

Two days after the election, Donald Trump and Barack Obama, old antagonists met one another for the first time. There was something surreal about this moment due to the fact that the two had such a bumpy past with Trump publicly questioning the legitimacy of Barack’s presidency stating that he was not born in the United States and now here Barack was sat feet away from president-elect Trump.

This led to many asking themselves how in the world did this happen and what have we just gone through? For Trump this was the beginning of a new era and for Obama this moment marked the devastating end to an already difficult presidency. Donald Trump was a rejection of everything Barack Obama stood for, as a candidate, as a politician and ultimately as a president.

This 2 episode PBS special Divided States of America examines past events during President Barack Obama’s years in office that revealed deep divisions in the United States. The film itself offers a brilliant in-depth view of the partisan gridlock in Washington, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that erupted throughout the country.

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  • Bill Randolph

    No Joe Biden slip-ups, such as his quote that ‘Obama was a clean black man’ included here I noticed, nor Obama’s offhand ‘typical white person’ comment either…typical PBS behavior.

  • slx5c

    Whether you support the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis, or whether you oppose the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis there is a huge threat to our Democracy that is far larger than the Commodity itself when The White House, and The Congress, and now even State Governors are confident in telling a Democracy that the Democracy is inferior to the Superior Federal Government; thus, the Federal Government of The United States of America is literally declaring itself King over the land, and has reduced the Democracy of 50 States to begging on their knees for freedoms to Commodities; George Washington and the 13 Colonies are screaming from the grave at how weak The American Spirit has become, and how much of a Tyrant The Federal Government has become that even Governors have become confident that Governors are Superior to the State’s Democracy which raises the question, “Is the Democracy in The United States of America dead to the point that the 50 States have become comfortable on their knees as beggars begging please for freedoms to Commodities which would be strong evidence in the Court of Law that the Democracy in The United States of America is now dead; so to the question, Is the Democracy of The United States of America dead?” EYE 5