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  •  Technically, Obama is himself a Baby Boomer (4+ / 0-)
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    pHunbalanced, machiado, jhutson, dotster

    At least if one accepts the most common definition of a "Baby Boomer" as anyone born from the beginning of 1946 to the end of 1964.  (Obama was born in 1961.)  But as somebody who, like Hillary, was born near the beginning of that period, it's clear that there is a vast difference between someone born during the early years of the "Baby Boom" and someone born during its later years.  The former reached their politically conscious years during the time of the assasinations and the Vietnam War, while the latter were only vaguely (if at all) aware of them at the time, and know about them largely from history books.

    As a "Leading Edge Boomer" (as some sources have labelled those born from 1946-1957) whose generation thought we were going to change the world and ended by changing very little, perhaps it's time to turn over the reins to a slightly younger group that didn't tear itself apart and ultimately accomplish very little.  (The one genuine accomplishment achieved during our generation's political awareness, the civil rights revolution of the 1960's and 1970's, was achieved under the leadership of members of an older generation, much as it pains many of us to admit it.)

    The thing that has most impressed me about the Obama campaign is the genuine enthusiasm of so many college and high school students, who can see that an Obama administration would represent a turning of the page in a way that a victory by none of the other candidates would do.

    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security." -Ben Franklin

    by leevank on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 02:04:43 PM PST

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    •  His mother was also a boomer (4+ / 0-)
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      Caneel, ChiGirl88, jhutson, dotster

      The Sullivan article discussed how Obama is technically a boomer but that his mother, who was 18 when Obama was born, was also a boomer and in fact was born only 5 years earlier than Hillary Clinton.  In the interview with Sullivan, Obama is paraphrased as saying he thinks of boomers as being someone of his mother's generation.

    •  I have an opinion (or two) about generations (1+ / 0-)
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      My second, less fun opinion is that within each classically defined 18-20 year generation, the closer one gets to the edges, the less true to type they are.

      My main one though is that at the end of each generation there is a distinct 3-4 year period in which the cohort doesn't fit in at all with their generation but rather form a very clear bridge group. Like Obama, I was born in the early 60's and missed many of the defining events of the baby boom , or at least I was too young to really percieve them. Yet people like me and Barack are also too old to have been formed by the experiences of the Xers.
      Similarly, people like my parents, born during WWII, are quite different from the people 5-10 years old than they are, but even more different from their younger boomer siblings and cousins.

    •  I disagree, Boomers DID change the world (2+ / 0-)
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      lanikai, machiado

      For instance, the antiwar movement brought an eventual end to the war in Vietnam and scared the living hell out of the government. It helped spawn the feminist movement and the gay rights movement, too. 40 years ago, a lot of people viewed homosexuality as deviance or perversion, now it's a matter of public debate as to whether or not gays and lesbians have marriage rights. And as for issues of war and peace, the antiwar movement of the 60s and 70s spooked the government so badly that they didn't dare have a large scale war for 20 years, and even then, the first Gulf War was only done with overwhelming force and loads of allies. And frankly, Bush 43 only got away with selling the Iraq War to the country because we were so badly shaken by 9/11.

      I do think the Boomers are a bit self-absorbed (you know, there is relevant rock music that came out after 1973), but they did manage to change the world, even if it wasn't apparent at the time and even if it wasn't a complete success.

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