Obama hates boomers too
Now Obama on the other hand, here's a guy I just like more and more as I hear about him. In the New York Times there's a whole article about his rejection of the boomers and their politics
. I might have a new hero.
In his second book, "The Audacity of Hope," Mr. Obama is critical of the style and the politics of the 60s, when the psyches of most of his potential rivals for the White House were formed. He writes that the politics of that era were highly personal, burrowing into every interaction between youth and authority and among peers. The battles moved to Washington in the 1990s and endure today, he says.
"In the back and forth between Clinton and Gingrich, and in the elections of 2000 and 2004," he writes, "I sometimes felt as if I were watching the psychodrama of the baby boom generation — a tale rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago — played out on the national stage."
Mr. Obama says he recognizes that the flashpoints of the 60s - war, racism, inequality, the relations between the sexes - still animate American politics and society and remain largely unresolved. And he acknowledges, as a child of a white Kansan mother and black Kenyan father, that his own prominence and prospects would have been impossible without the struggles of those who marched in Selma and Washington. But he argues that America faces new challenges that require a new political paradigm.
I like this idea. But then, I hate boomers.
Labels: Barack Obama, boomers
World Have Your Say
Today on World Have Your Say
on the BBC radio the topic will be whether America is ready for a black president (Obama).
It sounded like an interesting topic to comment on so I'll probably be on at some point during the discussion.
My points, and feel free to add some in the comments:
- Obama is not a traditional black candidate that entered the political process through the civil rights movement like Jackson or Sharpton which makes him less of a "black candidate" and more likely to talk about topics of broader interest to the American people.
- His absence of a record, except for on popular things like opposition to the war, is a good thing.
- His likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, will have more hate directed at her because she's a Clinton, than he will because he's black.
- His likely Republican opponent, John McCain, is going to own this surge, and people will likely hate him for it, besides, as noted earlier, McCain has no great love from or for Evangelicals.
- He's all an all around great candidate, he had coat-tails as a Senator-elect, he's charismatic, and smart, and has a great life story.
- If people criticize anything it will be his name (which will get old fast), and his muslim background - even though he is now a Christian.
What do people think?
They didn't use me today. Oh well. It's always a fun show.
Labels: 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama, World Have Your Say