As the presidency of Barack Obama comes to a close, this latest VICE Special Report investigates the state of partisanship in D.C., examining how the two parties have become more polarized than at any time in our history.
President Barack Obama began his presidency with pledges of “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” Despite many successes during his eight years in office, the unity he promised has eluded him. As Obama’s presidency draws to an end, with the election of Donald Trump, America is painfully divided, and many fear that the viscous tone set by the 2016 election will continue under a new Trump administration.
In VICE Special Report: A House Divided, VICE founder Shane Smith examines D.C. partisanship, beginning with the faltering of key deals in the very first days of Obama’s Administration, and continuing through to the rise of the Tea Party movement and growing extremism that has left America more divided than ever. With exclusive access to the president, his inner circle and key opponents, as well as journalists covering D.C. politics, A House Divided looks at these issues, and the battles around them, from both sides of the political divide, tracing how they contributed to a political climate that gave rise to the candidacy and ultimate election of a non-politician and outsider – Donald Trump.
In addition to President Obama, A House Divided features candid interviews with high-ranking Democrats and Republicans, as well as journalists and consultants, including: Republican strategist Frank Luntz; Time magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald; senior advisor to the president Valerie Jarrett; former Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner; former House majority leader Rep. Eric Cantor; Sen. Lindsey Graham; former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; Sen. Harry Reid; former Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi; Vice President Joe Biden; Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, a Republican Super PAC; Rep. Raúl Labrador, co-founder of the Freedom Caucus; and Washington correspondent for Time Jay Newton-Small.