Obama gives millennials a new name: Meet “Gen44″

posted at 1:55 pm on March 26, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Candidly, I’ve always kind of liked the term “millennial.” It was harrowing to come of age at the turn of the millennium. Remember the overhyped Y2K virus? We didn’t know whether the world as we knew it would still exist after “00″ replaced “99″ in the date fields of computer memories. Somehow, though, we survived — and lived to claim the name “millennial,” an apt tribute to our hardiness.

Forget that label, though: President Barack Obama has rebranded us. To him, we’re “Gen44.” Expanded, that means we’re the generation that elected him as the nation’s 44th president. Can you say, “hubris,” anyone? It’s almost like pleading to restart the calendar with 2008 as 1 Anno Obama.

At any rate, here’s his message to us, which I’m happy to pass along only because I know I’ll have the immediate chance to respond to it:

What’s particularly galling about this is that he’s right. To date, our record participation in his election is our defining achievement.

One way or another, we’ll be remembered as the generation that presided over the start of a new era. That comes with the territory of living at the dawn not just of a century, but of an entire 1,000-year period. What we must decide — and we must decide it now, in 2012 — is whether we want the era over which we preside to be one of individual freedom and prosperity or control by the state and a diminished standard of living. The choice really is that stark.

Fortunately, in the past three years, millennials have learned the wages of their support for Obama. Under Obama, wages are practically nonexistent, as youth unemployment has hovered at nearly double the national rate. Currently, it’s at 15.8 percent. That doesn’t even take into account that, in 2010, the Labor Department recorded the lowest youth labor force participation rate in history. The Young America Foundation’s Youth Misery Index — a combined measure of youth unemployment, the national debt per capita and average graduating student debt — has grown 17 percent while Obama has been in office.

The youth vote is not a lock for Obama. Hence, the nervousness of the Obama campaign, which continues to target millennials with new branding. This is the third iteration of Obama outreach to millennials. Remember “Greater Together“? Obama’s summer jobs program?

In both instances, the campaign supplied a hashtag to accompany the initiative (#greatertogether and #wecantwait). In both instances, conservatives hijacked the hashtag with witty tweets. (“Peanut butter and jelly #greatertogether.” “#Wecantwait to approve the Keystone pipeline.” That sort of thing.) Predictably, they did it again with the president’s latest new media campaign. Check out the #Gen44 hashtag for some excellent examples of all the president hasn’t done for the millennial generation.


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Any adolescent that supports OBOZO is clearly part of GenerationGGG (GGG= Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie).

TeaPartyNation on March 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Remember the overhyped Y2K virus?

It was neither overhyped nor a virus. It was a very real issue, and the reason there were few problems (other than the notable Al Gore for President site having the date as “January 1, 19100″ and a few ATMs) was because of a lot of hard work to write patches for code that the authors probably didn’t think would still be in use when the ’99 rolled over to ’00.

Precisely because of the “hype”, we fixed the bugs.

The Monster on March 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Why didn’t this drooling egomaniac simply name them ‘The Obama Generation’?

pat on March 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

That name’s been saved for the children.

Mmm, Mmm, Mmm
Barack Hussein Obama

Fallon on March 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

#Gen44 Jobs? With all that free government birth control, you won’t have time to work anyway!

Cicero43 on March 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

#GenGumintCheez

Roy Rogers on March 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

#GenHomobama

Roy Rogers on March 26, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Gen44 can preside over their very own screwing.

Thanks for giving us boomers your future.

Lonetown on March 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Precisely because of the “hype”, we fixed the bugs.

The Monster on March 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Because of the hype? Nah you just were doing your job as we knew you would. The hype was overblown but here’s a pat on the back anyway for doing what you were paid to do. Pat.Pat.

CW on March 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Bonus – We get to laugh at losers like you too!

Mission Accomplished!

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Careful there, sport. You’re punching way above your weight.

#GenChump…

/snort

MNHawk on March 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

My favorite is “Because nothing says “youthful rebellion” like following orders from the president.”

crazy_legs on March 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Careful there, sport. You’re punching way above your weight.

MNHawk on March 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

He needs to stay out of his weight class.

Doing our bit to protect preschoolers.

cozmo on March 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Careful there, sport. You’re punching way above your weight.

#GenChump…

/snort

MNHawk on March 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Shouldn’t you be out in the fields, liberty-lover?

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Shouldn’t you be out in the fields, liberty-lover?

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Shouldn’t you be deleting the pictures of your genitals that you posted on xnxx.com?

NapaConservative on March 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Shouldn’t you be out in the fields, liberty-lover?

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Liberty-lover as an insult…this guy really isn’t very bright…

cozmo on March 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Shouldn’t you be out in the fields, liberty-lover?

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Is GEN44 a belt size or a dress size? One or the other is too small. And the cartoon on the Header Page, wishful thinking, me thinks.

Is there some more economical way of saying, “The overweight liberal entitlement-oriented, that sits on the sofa playing X-Box all day waiting for a handout and even though they’re too portly for real sex and most can’t get a date anyways, they want free contraceptives and their college paid for because they’re the new progressive give me generation and utterly incapable of providing even their most basic wants and needs without a government handout generation?

Anyone? An easier way of capturing that sentiment?

hawkdriver on March 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Is there some more economical way of saying, “The overweight liberal entitlement-oriented, that sits on the sofa playing X-Box all day waiting for a handout and even though they’re too portly for real sex and most can’t get a date anyways, they want free contraceptives and their college paid for because they’re the new progressive give me generation and utterly incapable of providing even their most basic wants and needs without a government handout generation?

Anyone? An easier way of capturing that sentiment?

hawkdriver on March 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Fat parasite

NapaConservative on March 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Uh, I think I’ll just stay part of Gen40, thank you very much.

Govicide on March 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Shouldn’t you be out in the fields, liberty-lover?

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

LOL

Here — free help with your insulting skills.

“Liberty-lover” — oh m’gosh, gonna be snickering at that one all evening.

Eviva on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

My children are millennials, but they sure as heck ain’t gen44ers.

Thank God.

Bob's Kid on March 26, 2012 at 5:22 PM

While I am a millennial (25 years old), I’m certainly not an Obama millennial!

Rest assured some of us are sane.

conservative_student on March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

‘Millenials’ were born starting in 2000.
Spawn’s generation-the children of Gen Xers-are Generation Y.
Many of them do NOT like Zero.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Barack Obama ‏ @BarackObama

POTUS: “I’m counting on young professionals to help outorganize our opponents again this November.” http://t.co/qZNenM1V #Gen44

This is more like it. (Note double hyphen)

NOMOBO on March 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Fat parasite

NapaConservative on March 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Brevity “is” the soul.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

It was neither overhyped nor a virus. It was a very real issue, and the reason there were few problems (other than the notable Al Gore for President site having the date as “January 1, 19100″ and a few ATMs) was because of a lot of hard work to write patches for code that the authors probably didn’t think would still be in use when the ’99 rolled over to ’00.
Precisely because of the “hype”, we fixed the bugs.
The Monster

You are 100% correct.

My brother-in-law was a Unix programmer at the time, and he worked night and day for 18 months solid for hundreds of major clients fixing the two-digit date problem in massive computer systems for huge corporate clients. He said that if he and a select group of other old-school Unix dudes hadn’t done this, there really would have been a major shutdown on Jan 1 2000.

The panic alerted most IT honchos to the problem, and as a result it mostly got fixed ahead of time.

Zombie on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Gen44: Like Gen 13, but with a bloated deficit and elitist sneering instead of superpowers.

ZK on March 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Candidly, I’ve always kind of liked the term “millennial.” It was harrowing to come of age at the turn of the millennium.

I used to hate the term, but given that the alternative seems to be the moronic and patronizing “Gen Y”, I’ve grown on “Millenial.”

Forget that label, though: President Barack Obama has rebranded us. To him, we’re “Gen44.”

This would have been the most eminently mockable presidential push in living memory… in 2008. After three years of Obama, its stupidity is indescribable. Pomposity aside, it sounds like an ad campaign drafted to appear in a “teen” magazine. Obama does realize that young voters can’t until they’re 18, right?

HitNRun on March 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

HitNRun on March 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Unless you were born before ’81 or after ’99-you’re Gen Y.
Spawn-turns 18 on Sunday-is a ‘Y’. Me and his dad are ‘X’, and step-dad’s a ‘Boomer’. See? *evil laugh*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

As a millenial, I am rather offended that Obama is now trying to claim us.

netster007x on March 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Because of the hype? Nah you just were doing your job as we knew you would. The hype was overblown but here’s a pat on the back anyway for doing what you were paid to do. Pat.Pat.

CW on March 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

You’re wrong on that one. It most definitely was the hype that ensured things got fixed. If not for the hype, the people who pay the computer programmers wouldn’t have known about it, and not told the programmers to fix it.

It wasn’t glamorous, it didn’t enhance anyone’s resume, it cost a lot of money and time, and it was, well… boring. The kind of boring that makes VPs and CIOs fall asleep during presentations about it.

You’re right that programmers did what they were paid to do, but the hype was the only reason anyone was paid to do that job.

But here’s a pat on the back anyway for attempting to mock things you don’t understand very well. Pat. Pat.

Quantus on March 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Thanks for giving us boomers your future.

Lonetown on March 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Damn! Wish I’d said that!

PersonFromPorlock on March 26, 2012 at 8:11 PM

netster007x on March 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

You’re not a millenial-you’re GEN Y-so you’re safe.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Wow. Just wow.

It’s all about the O.

RedNewEnglander on March 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM

The Monster

Zombie on March 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Making the world go round is surprisingly thankless.

One way or another, we’ll be remembered as the generation that presided over the start of a new era. That comes with the territory of living at the dawn not just of a century, but of an entire 1,000-year period.

You can get to humility later.

:#

Axe on March 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

:# — me, not you. You do have work to do.

Axe on March 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Generation Gimme

ya2daup on March 27, 2012 at 1:18 AM

I don’t care what they call themselves as long as they find gainful employment and they and their employers pay the 7.65%

FineasFinn on March 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

So Obama renamed “Generation 44″ to reference Obama and give more attention to Obama in a bid to try to get more votes for Obama?

Thank GOD we have Obama on this planet… if he were elsewhere I’m sure the Sun would still revolve around him, and then how would we stay warm?

I hear people call Obama a narcissist; and I consider that… insufficient.

gekkobear on March 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

It’s almost like pleading to restart the calendar with 2008 as 1 Anno Obama.

Tina, that’ll come with his second term and after the declaration of Obama as POTUS for life.

Gladtobehere on March 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

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