Now that the hard-fought U.S. election battle is over, we are in the season of postmortems. The latest in a slate of stories aimed at deconstructing the political climate is a Vice Special Report that will air on HBO on Dec. 9.
Vice Special Report: A House Divided features Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith in conversation with soon-to-be-former head of state, president Barack Obama and his vice president Joe Biden, as they discuss the lack of unity in house and senate that dominated most of their eight-years in office.
“I could not be prouder of the work that my administration has done,” President Obama tells Smith in the documentary. “But there is no doubt that one of the central goals that I’d had, which was to make the politics in Washington work better, to reduce the knee-jerk partisanship, to elevate the debate – I haven’t accomplished that.”
Also featured in the documentary are exclusive interviews with with key political actors including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, former House Speaker John Boehner and former Rep. Eric Cantor, among others.
The documentary also explores the rise of extreme ideologies, including that of the Tea Party, and the most challenging periods in bi-partisan relationships under the Obama administration, namely the Affordable Care Act, a 2009 stimulus package and the government shutdown.
The hour-long report airs at 10 p.m ET/PT across HBO on Dec. 9.
Story by Sonya Fatah