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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