Fascinating. To me, at least.
Mr. Barack Obama is a GenXer, by a hair. Born in 1961, he and his birthyear cohorts were the first GenXers on the scene. And look at who he picked as a running mate: Mr. Joe Biden. Born in 1942, Mr. Biden and his birthyear cohorts were the last of the last of Silent Gen to be born in his generational cycle.
Fascinating. Thank goodness Mr. Obama didn’t pick a Boomer running mate. Not because a Boomer would be bad, per se, but because a Boomer taking a second seat to a GenXer would be a tough row to hoe, for both.
See, Boomers (Prophet archetype) and GenXers (Nomad archetype) can be like oil and water sometimes, especially when a Boomer has to give up leadership and actually take direction from a GenXer. But a GenX such as Obama and a Silent Gen such as McCain (Artist archetype) are much more aligned. There are many reasons this generation-to-generation alignment has natural synergies. A couple points are that GenX grow up in an adult world ruled by Silent Gen leadership and cultural dominance; GenX know how to navigate the Silent psychology. Also, Silent are in elderhood moving into old age, so their competition for leadership roles is significantly less than Boomers’.
Anyway, I don’t expect most folk to agree or think in the same vein, but this is one angle through which I see things.