From an article by Joe Klein in the recent issue of Time Magazine.
Way back during the Dem. primary Obama was often decried for his coolness and intellectuality. He was said to be too remote, among other things. It seems to me this complaint came mainly from an older generation of critics, i.e. Boomers and Silents etc. But I don’t think Obama’s demeanor ever really bothered GenXers. Why should it? We got it. In part, it was what we liked about him. In many respects, his demeanor relfected our own, or perhaps at least what we wished ours could be. And while so many, mainly Boomers I’m guessing, kept insisting that he needed to be warmer, GenXers (I did anway) cringed at this notion. Why does he need to be warmer? He’s running for president not Mr. Fluffy of America.
…Obama stubbornly remained himself through the tough times; his preternatural calm has proved reassuring in both the economic crisis and the first debate.
More to the point of Obama’s GenXness, Klein writes:
He is friendly, informal, accessible … and a mystery, hard to get to know. He doesn’t give away much, doesn’t — unlike Bill Clinton — have that desperate need to make you like him.
I think I can safely argue that GenXers, in general, don’t much give a crap about being liked, especially by self-egrandizing Boomers. However, we do expect credit where credit is due, and respect when it is warranted. Not to mention a little defernce now and then. And please without any of the, oh, so typical Boomer qualifies that turn a compliment into a self-congratulatory ego inflation delivery system. But I won’t suppose that we’re about to hold our collective breath either.
Boomers are what they are; are the way they are. But one thing they won’t be, for once, is in charge.