A Reflection on a Baby Boomer’s Path: P.J. O’Rourke

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Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Author P.J. O’Rourke talks with Tom Keene about life lessons learned as a baby boomer in today’s “This Matters Now” on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

He has a book about me, the baby boom.

One day childhood is over.

The lamest generation.

This is very funny.

What made you cry writing about the baby boom?

I remember what morons we were.

You know what made me cry?

How we treated our parents.

There was a period in the 1960's we hated everything about them.

Before the 1960's we did not get that they fought 2 wars.

A lot of parents living and injured and a lot of parents who had lost brothers and sisters.

You fast-forward, are we speaking to our children?

Yeah, no.

We really didn't understand.

We were so close to this and yet we didn't understand what a horror world war ii had been, what horror the depression had been.

There were guys who had fought world war i. i had a guy show a medal to meet in college once, or world war i veteran.

It was out of body.

When you look at the ethos of the midwest, because when a lot of people think p.j. o'rourke, they think new england, new hampshire.

I'm rustbelt guy.

Where are the conservatives more?

Where is that measured view of the midwest?

I think it is pretty fractured.

One of it is just the expansion of sheer size of government.

Let's not even talk about the quality of the government, let's just talk about the quantity of government.

It leaves people very confused.

We want all the social benefits, but we want them to be paid for by other people, and that we realized we are the other people.

I am confused about it myself.

Part of the time i'm a medicare plan d recipient and part of the time it is april 15. you have a photograph in your book.

I think your sleeping bag was bigger and uglier when you went to camp in 1962 than mine.

What was it like the first time you slept in a real sleeping bag?

Wasn't that like an act of god?

I couldn't believe a sleeping bag could be warm.

We would go off to camp with these things about the size of a modern prius.

Is president obama in the baby boom?

He is, technically, but he is in a very tight end of the baby boom, and that tag and is kind of strange because they grew up swimming in the sea of the 1960's but sort of like a fish -- p.j. o'rourke on president obama, sort of kind of like a baby boomer.

Going up, we look at the super bowl and march madness.


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