Uncommon Sense

December 21, 2019

Is It Time to Say “Okay, Boomer” to Barack Obama?

During his Presidency, Barack Obama was as temperate and centrist as one could ask a U.S. president to be. Except that people did not want a temperate or centrist president. Apparently Mr. Obama missed the point of why he was elected. One can give all kinds of reasons but for this still very racist country to elect its first black president, it took a confluence of events. First, people were very fed up with the status quo. The rich kept getting richer and the middle class and poor kept getting poorer, significantly so. So, in an election between a representative of the status quo (John McCain) and a transformative candidate promising “Hope and Change” people decided, well we haven’t tried this yet, let’s see if a Black man can break up our log-jammed politics.

In the next election, the GOP put up Mitt Romney, another icon of the old status quo, so he wasn’t too hard for a sitting president to dispatch. This was even though the federal government went to extraordinary lengths to bail out bankers and shareholders of insurance companies, and little to nothing for homeowners losing their homes. All the while, of course, refusing to jail fat cat bankers who caused the problems and were clearly breaking the law. (And, my pet peeve, supporting the despicable Arne Duncan’s attempts to dismantle public education.)

While I happen to like Mr. Obama and his family, he doesn’t have the high political ground to stand on to tell us that we need to avoid real agents of change (Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) when he himself did not deliver the changes that were so desperately sought.

It is time to tell Mr. Obama “Okay, Boomer.” as the phrase fits perfectly: he is a Baby Boomer (born in 1961) and he is pontificating on issues he clearly doesn’t understand.


  1. Does ANYONE truly understand the issues we’re dealing with? This is not in defense of Obama or anyone else. Just a question that I believe stands on its own.

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    Comment by Nan — December 21, 2019 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

    • My point was that he wasn’t in a position to tell voters who to vote for, especially Democratic candidates. I wasn’t basing that entirely upon understanding the issues. (I tend to think Mr. Obama was a little too close to the situation to have a good perspective.)

      On Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 1:07 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 23, 2019 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  2. I’m a Boomer & I say OK BOOMER all the time. I get really frustrated with people born in my era.


    Comment by silverapplequeen — December 22, 2019 @ 4:16 am | Reply

    • I have commented for decades that we are uniquely poised to be an embarrassment to both our parents and our children.

      On Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 4:16 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 22, 2019 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  3. I suppose Barack Obama was only commenting on Democrats being electable, and not alienating even those who aren’t sufficiently woke, much less the rest of the population. After all, it probably won’t matter which Democrat gets elected, a moderate or a committed progressive – even a Republican minority in the Senate would be enough to block most of the agenda of a Democratic president. However, an obstructed Democrat still would be preferable to Trump’s getting a 2nd term, so, in a way, getting a Democrat elected in the general election is more important that having the most ideologically pure one win the primary.


    Comment by List of X — December 25, 2019 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

    • This is the problem. What does ideological purity mean to corporate Democrats? I think that what people think the Democratic Party stands for is an amalgam of what they used to stand for and not what they stand for now. The GOP has shown that it stands for whoever got elected, period.

      I also don’t see Barack Obama as an excellent judge of electability. If he were he would never have run for president as when he decided to run, he was unelectable. It was only changing circumstances (and IMHO the fact that people were absolutely fed up with the status quo) that made him electable.

      On Wed, Dec 25, 2019 at 8:16 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — December 26, 2019 @ 11:22 am | Reply

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