What have eight years of Barack Obama brought the U.S.? Was the change he promised America for better or worse?
Two top Dutch experts on changing American society took the stage at the John Adams Institute to explore topics such as the vanishing middle class, immigration and inequality, the decline of many important American institutions, but also the status of American society today on the eve of groundbreaking elections.
Guus Valk is the U.S. correspondent for NRC Handelsblad and has written the book Obamaland. Based on his of his travels through the U.S. he describes the growing polarization in the country, but also sees that the American Dream is still very much alive.
Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal is a journalist for Nieuwsuur and created an eight-episode television series for VPRO, called Droomland Amerika, in which he explores the impact of eight years of Obama on American society.