My friend Chanley sent me this awesome link that I want to share with y'all: http://blog.pmarca.com/2008/03/an-hour-and-a-h.html. It is a blogger's view of Obama after spending some one-on-one time with him at the start of this race. The views he expresses are so similar to the feelings I have about Obama, that I have gleaned from watching and reading about him. It is nice to have those hunches validated by someone who really experienced the man.
For me, the most insightful point he makes is that Obama is the first major Post-Boomer political candidate. I had never thought about that before but that resonates deeply with me. As a post-Boomer, this is important to me. I strongly feel that the Boomers had their moment, their time, their opportunity to change this world...they have left their footprint. No matter if you feel it is an elegant Jimmy Choo footprint or more like a pair of rubber boots used to muck out animal stalls footprint it is time for the next generation to stand up and start making their own decisions, making their own legacy.

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ElectionGazer said…
Andreesen's underlining the salience of Obama being a Post-Boomer is right on target, but it's relevant for us to understand which Post-Boomer generation.

There is a growing consensus in the media, and among experts, that Obama is not a Boomer, nor an Xer, but instead is a member of Generation Jones (born 1954-1965, the heretofore lost generation between the Boomers and Xers).

Just in the last month or so, several top media outlets, including The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, and NBC, have all made the argument that Obama is specifically part of Generation Jones. I also heard a panel of generations experts recently on a national radio show discussing this specific issue, and four of the five experts conlcuded that Obama is, in fact, a GenerationJoneser…that his bio and political worldview closely match the GenJones archetype.