Why does Obama attract young people?

September 16, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
Filed under Politics

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Peter Dreier over at The Nation has published an interesting article entitled “Obama’s Youth Movement“.

Obama has become quite popular with “Millenials” (18-29 years old) and is especially popular with voters aged 18-22 years old.

Why does Obama attract young people?

One obvious reason is that Obama is younger and McCain is older.

But I think there is a more subtle reason. Ask yourself: “How old were 18-22 year-olds on September 11, 2001?”

Answer: 11-15 years old!!!

The trauma of terror and the memory of the worst attack on American soil is not something seared into the memories of these college-aged voters. I’m sure they remember it, but they don’t have an adult memory of the event. Their adult conscious awareness of America is simply “For as long as I can remember, we’ve been in a long and tedious war.” They cannot recall why we are in this debacle, because they cannot recall the terrors of September 11th.

I’m not convinced that McCain can do anything to gain support among college aged voters, but I would suggest that his campaign bring more attention to the reality of September 11th in our nation’s recent history and how that tragic even has made a gigantic impact on our economy and foreign policy. We didn’t wind up in this mess because Republicans cursed the nation. We are in trouble because terrorists pushed us down to our knees and we’re still trying to get back on our feet.

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10 Responses to “Why does Obama attract young people?”

  1. Lori on September 16th, 2008 9:29 pm

    What are the demographics, by age, of those killed in the 9/11 attacks? Were there any/many in that age group?

    Also, they should play some of the youtube videos of young American soldiers who support the war…they’re pretty compelling.

  2. Mary Brandt on September 17th, 2008 8:58 am

    I think you may be right. I was teaching in a small school, grades 7,9 and 11 on Sept 11. My older students were incensed and ready to enlist immediately–many did upon graduation the next year. The 7th graders thought watching the events was a wonderful way to get out of paperwork. It went over their heads to a great extent. So, how do we help those who have no concept of evil, to protect themselves and vote/work to protect others from what they do not comprehend?

  3. Dave W. on September 18th, 2008 4:29 pm

    Wow! A site dedicated to Conservative Christians! A site where all bible thumping, gun polishing, war loving, christians can show the world how they consistently contradict the teachings in the bible. A place where following the ideals of Republicans can fully demonstrate the neo-christian’s lack of compassion for those in need plus the the total disregard for the constitution. A place where the old and tired discussions about gay-marriage and abortion can thrive and keep the country from moving forward and solving more important issues. Just amazing, a web site dedicated to those who follow the bible because they are incapable of making sense out of life on their own, and yet still can’t find the strength to stop being so self-indulged and self-rightous. Yes, here it is, a site where there are actually people who believe Sarah Palin is capable of running America and the free world. Wow! Is this not special! Makes me want to pound my bible with one hand and polish my gun with the other!

  4. JodiSuzette on September 18th, 2008 6:18 pm

    Why do you say that we were knocked to our knees… and after 7 loooong years we are trying to get back up…. what is wrong with this picture? How many more years of WAR do you think it will honestly take in order for us to get ‘totally’ to our feet?..10, 20, 50 100 …Well if someone like McCain and Palin take charge ..the later is what he stated HE was willing to stay to gain peace and ‘break the enemy’….well, I am not! Nor should my children or their children…children…Christian or otherwise should NEVER EVER be born into a War…inherit if you will… and it is a sad statement on Christians that would stand behind an individual that would (as he states) … “Go to the Gates of Hell…until the badness is gone”… don’t make me laugh. When is everyone going to get it through there heads that we ALL must live on this planet together… all religions, all faiths, Christians are NOT the Supreme Caretakers of Mankind, not by a long shot…they are just errogant enough to assume that they are… that they sit at the side of God…I have a flash for you… NO MAN sits by the side of the higher powers…no man actually speaks to him/her … no man has a inside track to the ‘real’ answers… you can only know ‘truths’ winthin your heart… not through starting a war nor maintaining it in another term…
    We can only be kept on our knees if we fall pray and weaken what was once strong.. and with each and every day we spend fighting and supporting a war such as this… we grow more vunerrable, less likely to ever regain the strengths we had before the war started. We would have gained greater strengths after 911 if we had gone into action to ’strengthen’ our borders, educate our children, make strong that is weak and heal through uniting. Instead we now will never truly heal…no matter how hard you pray…. and the unity that once flourished in this country…is I am afraid…gone forever.

    Republicans are not the only ones who are Christians or believe in a higher being…but you think you are…again, errogant! Jesus I am afraid would be very dissappointed in you and what you have done with his teachings and beliefs…. War is not the answer…. and remember…
    Beware False Idols…. especially in the form of a Woman….

  5. ashley brazzel on September 20th, 2008 9:17 pm

    sorry, but i really wish people would use spell check.

  6. JodiSuzette on September 21st, 2008 2:13 pm

    Sorry Ashley…if your eyes were offended by mispellings… it is obvious that you have nothing more than a ‘complaint’ to add to this discussion.

  7. ashley brazzel on September 21st, 2008 5:31 pm

    I wasnt – I actually agree with every single think you wrote. I just have a big thing for spell check. I should have kept my mouth shut – but sometimes i speak to soon….There is no “undo” button on this website!! lol!


  8. ashley brazzel on September 21st, 2008 5:37 pm

    Jodi – let me stress – I truly believe in your previous post 100%
    I regret that comment I made because it took away from the point you were making. Which in my eyes is excellent…..

  9. JodiSuzette on September 21st, 2008 10:56 pm

    Thank You so much Ashley.. I really do appreciate your kind remarks…

  10. Letwiticus Jones on September 29th, 2008 11:21 pm

    Maybe, just maybe, college kids support Obama because they are at a time in their lives when they are being asked to do a lot of critical thinking?

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