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America's Great Divide: From Obama to Trump - Part 1 

Barack Obama's promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.

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Michael Kirk
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David Axelrod ... Self - Fmr. Obama Chief Strategist
Wesley Lowery ... Self - The Washington Post
Megyn Kelly ... Self - Fmr. Anchor, Fox News
Ben Rhodes ... Self - Fmr. Obama Adviser
Steve Schmidt ... Self - Fmr. McCain Campaign Adviser
Matt Bai ... Self - Author, The Argument
Alex Marlow ... Self - Editor-in-Chief, Breitbart News
Frank Luntz ... Self - GOP Pollster
Eric Cantor ... Self - Fmr. House Minority Whip
Broderick Johnson ... Self - Fmr. Obama Adviser
Judy Woodruff ... Self - Anchor, PBS NewsHour
Yamiche Alcindor ... Self - PBS NewsHour
Jelani Cobb ... Self - Author, The Substance of Hope
Robert Draper ... Self - The New York Times Magazine
Newt Gingrich ... Self - Fmr. Speaker of the House
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Barack Obama's promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.

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Two episodes
1 October 2020 | by digitalbeachbumSee all my reviews

The first episode is laying the ground work for the rest of the show. They start with Obama and talk to various people who have insight to the behind the scenes. The second episode continues with Trump and goes forward as far as it can, to about the 3 1/2 year mark of his term.

I don't think the first episode was the best it could have been, but it was as best as it was going to be with the editing that they applied. The amount of information must have been difficult to sort through. One thing I thought was very important, is talking about Sarah Palin, and how she seemed to be the starting point of what is today. The second episode was the same, but they did what they could and they did it well. I thought the editing was the main problem, not the content.

Overall this was a difficult and painful two part series to watch. The ending was a dismal look at what America is becoming and how our enemies are using this divide to weaken us. I worry the democracy is dead or near death in American. This might be the end of the once great nation our forefathers built when they left England.


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13 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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