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Financial Crisis

Clip: Season 32 Episode 4 | 3m 50s

President Bush confronted the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression. “From the standpoint of an ongoing threat that everybody and government knew that we had to do something about, the financial crisis ... was really scary,” said chief of staff Joshua Bolten.

Aired: 05/04/20

Rating: NR

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