It’s Time for President X

Two too old guys have sent up a flare to my generation

Paul Greenberg
4 min readJun 28, 2024

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Last night’s Biden/Trump debate wasn’t just a disaster for Democrats. It was a disaster for a generation whose time has passed.

It is time to close this chapter of American history. And it’s time to open one for a President X. A president born in that odd gap between the high 60s and the low 80s. Here is why an Xer president will get America out of its present mess.

First off while we are often disruptive we are not “disrupters.” We are adults. In a pinch we can tie a tie. We are moderating in the full sense of the word — both tempering of the rash fires of public opinion and go-betweens for older and younger generations who often express themselves in infantile ways. We tend to keep our genitals in our pants and though we might stray in our inter-personal relations one divorce is usually enough for us children of the 70s.

That said, we are far from stodgy. We launched slacking, reinvented Portland and Seattle, and threw enough grunge into the mix to make losing ties at work seem like a good idea. Unlike boomer Al Gore, we did in fact invent the internet. OK, we didn’t, like, invent it, invent it — the US military did that. But we took it out of top secret hands and made it usable for the common good. We had to. We were latch-key…

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Paul Greenberg

New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish as well as The Climate Diet and Goodbye Phone, Hello World paulgreenberg.org