Friday, April 28, 2017
Donald Trump is the Last Baby Boomer President
I am of the youngest cohort of Baby Boomers, born in 1960. Donald Trump, from the other end of our cohort, is 70. While the younger Boomers will still be in their prime in four years - and, at a stretch, still viable in eight years - I think the era of Boomer presidents is over.
Barack Obama was the first Gen X president. "No-Drama Obama" exemplified many of the virtues of Gen X. He was a little ahead of time, though, as far as straight generational succession would predict. If Hillary Clinton had been elected in 2008, I think she would have been the last Boomer president, and the normal time for the Gen X succession would have begun with this term.
The Silent generation, by the way, is the first in more than a century to have no presidents. John McCain was probably their best shot, and Bernie Sanders was surely their last.