It's hard to believe!
Many people, even knowledge commentators who should know better, are saying President-Elect Barack Obama is a non-baby boomer.
It isn't so.
Granted, he is one of the younger baby boomers.
The term "Generation Jones" was coined by Jonathan Pontell, who argues the boom began in 1942 and ended in 1953. Pontell places Obama in Generation Jones, a term he says characterizes those born during the years 1954 to 1965, who, according to his polling, largely don't identify either as boomers or Gen Xers.
While Pontell's has gained attention with his hypothesis, it isn't the accepted definition of the term baby boomer.
David Brooks, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, said in a recent column:
Generationally, it marks the end of baby boomer supremacy, which began in 1968. For the past 16 years, baby boomers, who were formed by the tumult of the 1960s, occupied the White House. By Tuesday night, if the polls are to be believed, a member of a new generation will become president-elect.
Not so. Obama is a boomer.
So baby boomer Obama, bring it on.
This country is ready for change.
Copyright 2008, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist