Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, Baby Boomers — Who Is The Greatest Generation?

So, tonight, regardless of your political persuasion, you will probably watch some, if not all, of Bill Clinton’s speech. I don’t do politics here. But I do do Boomer stuff.

Bill is the quintessential Baby Boomer – based on my definition. As I write below, “We, on the other hand, have been an action generation that challenged the status quo, believes deeply in personal choice, the idea that change is good and delivered on the dream of the American Century.”

I have been rereading Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation. Rereading it because I see an idea in it that might be my next book. Here is a bit from my take on The Greatest Generation from Boomercide: from Woodstock To Suicide

“I have always been somewhat disheartened that this pampered Baby Boomer image has dogged us for years despite the fact that we have dutifully trudged off to our jobs, reinvented industries, raised super Gen-X and Y kids and are now caring for our aging parents. In fact, I bristle when I see Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation.”While the book is kind to our parents, it makes me ask what isn’t to love about Baby Boomers? It is my sense that the “Greatest” are the enduring generation having lived through the depression and two wars. Our folks had to deal with tough times and successfully played the hand they were dealt. We, on the other hand, have been an action generation that challenged the status quo, believes deeply in personal choice, the idea that change is good and delivered on the dream of the American Century. And, as they say in New Jersey, not f’nuthin, but we also had major things to endure like Lawrence Welk and Swanson TV dinners.”

The idea? Who is telling our story?

[Also thinking that Bill will do a better old-white-guy pitch than Clint.]

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