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Is it time for a Generation X president?

Will Trump be the last Boomer president in our lifetime?

by Anonymousreply 33Last Monday at 6:31 PM

We had one. Barack Obama, born 1961.

by Anonymousreply 112/06/2017

If anything it’s time for a Millennial president.

by Anonymousreply 212/06/2017

To reiterate what R1 said, Obama was Gen X

[quote] Demographers William Strauss and Neil Howe rejected the frequently used 1964 end date of the baby boomer cohort (which results in a 1965 start year for Generation X), saying that a majority of those born between 1961–1964 do not self-identify as boomers, and that they are culturally distinct from boomers in terms of shared historical experiences. Howe says that while many demographers use 1965 as a start date for Generation X, this is a statement about fertility in the population (birth rates which began declining in 1957, declined more sharply following 1964) and fails to take into consideration the shared history and cultural identity of the individuals. Strauss and Howe define Generation X as those born between 1961–1981.

by Anonymousreply 312/06/2017

It definitely is time for a gen x pres. If Newsom wins in California he should be our candidate in 2020.

by Anonymousreply 412/06/2017

Yeah Obama’s proof that the 1964 cutoff date for boomers is wrong. Obama is totally gen x.

by Anonymousreply 512/06/2017

Since Strauss and Howe "invented" Gen X (and wrote the seminal book on it) and say the years were 1961-81, I'd go with their take.

Since Obama was an oldest child and born to a very young mother, his Gen X-ness is even stronger.

by Anonymousreply 612/06/2017

Douglas Coupland who wrote the novel Generation X was born in 1961. As an early Xer, I a) thought it described my cohorts pretty well and b) thought it was a typical Gen X experience to lose one's own generational designation.

Baby Boomers remember Kennedy's assassination. I don't. I do remember Watergate and Reagan.

by Anonymousreply 712/06/2017

I thought Obama was a Boomer and Generation X started in '65?

by Anonymousreply 812/06/2017

No, we already had a Dead Kennedy, no more punks, please.

by Anonymousreply 912/06/2017

We need a gay Jewish president and I couldn't care less when he was born.

by Anonymousreply 1012/06/2017

Newsom doesn't have a chance in hell of winning a national election.

by Anonymousreply 1112/06/2017

Experience is priceless.

by Anonymousreply 1212/06/2017

Tired of the ageism. Get over it. A qualified energetic candidate of any age, who is generally healthy, is worth everyone's consideration.

by Anonymousreply 1312/06/2017

Sanders was born when, during Grover Cleveland's administration?

by Anonymousreply 1412/06/2017

Which one, R14?

by Anonymousreply 1512/06/2017

[quote] A qualified energetic candidate of any age, who is generally healthy, is worth everyone's consideration.

No. No more. Boomers have been "take, take, take, me, me, me," culminating in this latest and most disgusting president.

They've had their moment in the sun. Longer than any other generation, in fact. Time for them to let younger generations decide their own future.

by Anonymousreply 1612/06/2017

The Boomers will NEVER give over the reins to a younger generation, you can count on it. They will be holding on to all the power and money until they drop dead.

by Anonymousreply 1712/06/2017

agreed R16. Boomers have been pretty selfish overall. I hope future generations are more community minded.

by Anonymousreply 1812/06/2017

[quote]Experience is priceless.

Not really.

by Anonymousreply 1912/06/2017

Newsome is a semi-dry drunk who was funded by the San Francisco Getty's (Gordan who had a secret second family in LA, right?) Newsome married the social climbing floozy Kimberly Guilfoyle ("woman of color" inspiration for Meghan Markle?) . If I remember correctly, he was boozing it up, had an inappropriate relationship with an 18 or 19 year old, went to rehab, then had an affair with his chief of staff's wife. This is a game-ender for a Democrat (but not a Republican)

Kimberly dropped him for a rich guy, and had a sprog with him, then he dumped her. She is now having an affair with Scaramucci after servicing Roger Ailes for years.

Gavin and Kimberly are both tainted and Gavin is an unfit candidate for most anything.

by Anonymousreply 2012/06/2017

You are that obsessive anti-Gavin Newsom troll, R20.

He is going to win the California governorship, by the way.

by Anonymousreply 2112/06/2017

Yes. It's time.

by Anonymousreply 2212/06/2017

Yes, I am more than ready for the boomers to step aside. As a group, they've (understandably) had an outsized impact on American culture and politics. That impact started benevolently (ending the Vietnam War), but eventually turned into a dark, self-centered void.

by Anonymousreply 2312/06/2017

And let us name that Void as the insatiable narcissism HOLE of the baby-boomers, that like a Black Hole attracts energy to itself, and never lets anything back out again

by Anonymousreply 2412/06/2017

Gavin Newsom had a messy first marriage, but that was ages ago and he's remarried and now has a wholesome-looking family. At this point, no one cares about the first marriage--there were no kids, for one thing. He's already made a political comeback from it.

Bigger issue is will he be too left for middle America. In California, of course, the progressives think he's too pro-business.

by Anonymousreply 2512/06/2017

No more Baby Boomer presidents.

by Anonymousreply 2612/06/2017

It's amazing to me how little Baby Boomers care about their kids, their grandkids, or the future of the Earth or mankind in general.

I follow a political forum where I have seen absolutely no criticism of Trump (on the part of Boomers) until it was an issue that directly affected them, and then it was non-stop whining.

Isn't that the definition of a sociopath?

An inability to feel empathy for anybody other than themselves?

by Anonymousreply 2712/07/2017

And you see that selfish attitude reflected here on Datalounge all of the time.

Everything is about how [italic]they[/italic] were the best. Their music, their food, their school years, their wars, etc., and everybody who came after them is inferior and deficient. And they are extremely defensive if you criticize them about their glaring flaws.

by Anonymousreply 2812/07/2017

As an old Gen Xer, I can say that they were always self-involved. They were that way when they were young and they're that way now that they're old. Trump, in some ways, is a perfect exemplar for them.

by Anonymousreply 2912/07/2017

[quote]Strauss and Howe define Generation X as those born between 1961–1981.

I realize a generation covers 20 years or so but I don't know that I have anything in common with someone born in the 1960s who is now in their 50s.

by Anonymousreply 3012/07/2017

bump

by Anonymousreply 31Last Monday at 3:37 PM

Strauss–Howe generational theory. They used to limit it to a very rigid 18 years per generation, IIRC.

In any case, yes, a younger set of political candidates is essential.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Monday at 6:21 PM

[quote] Yeah Obama’s proof that the 1964 cutoff date for boomers is wrong. Obama is totally gen x.

I tend to agree. I was born in 1957 and my ex was born in 1964 and we had completely different outlooks on life (one reason he is my ex).

But as a Boomer, I say, yes, it's time we pass the torch to the next generation...as long as it's a Democrat.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Monday at 6:31 PM
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