VICE looks at factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the efforts made by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Timothy Geithner, and Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke to save the United States from an economic collapse. The feature-length documentary explores the challenges these men faced, as well as the consequences of their decisions.

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A decade after the 2008 financial crisis, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and more speak out as they never have before.

"The crisis awakens people to that sense that...this economy is not working for me."

— Former President Barack Obama

Navigating the Panic


Former President Barack Obama describes what Americans felt as they saw their elected officials respond to the crisis.


When former President George W. Bush was told that the country was careening towards a second Great Depression, he had a decision to make.

Troubled Assets

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explains the conception of the Troubled Asset Relief Plan (TARP).

The Revolt

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, then a congressman, shares why the financial crisis provoked a populist uprising.

“I think the intervention saved a Depression. But I can’t prove it.”

— Former President George W. Bush