Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Politics and Generation X

I read the most fascinating article in The Atlantic recently about Barack Obama and how he's the man who can pull the American political system out of the grips of the Babyboomers. I posted it to this site, because this article was the first that I have ever read that actually changed my mind about a presidential race.

While Obama is a Boomer, he's actually a trailing-edge Boomer (born 1958-1964), which really makes him more of an Xer. 1958 was the first year of declining birth rates in the U.S. and those born in the last years of the boom had a very similar formative cohort experience to Generation X ) - they don't really remember that pre-Kennedy assassination era when "girls were girls and men were men."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While it is interesting, it is also quite biased. Imagine that, a biased piece of political coverage. HA! As long as Obama surrounds himself with intelligent people in his cabinet, his inexperience will not be an issue. Personally, I think he would be a good face of the nation and right now, that may be more important than getting anything done.