Comments on: An Obama baby boom? Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: Woody Carlson Mon, 17 Nov 2008 17:46:03 +0000 Like all countries, the U.S. has a “demographic heartbeat,” an annual cycle in the birth rate anyway. The February low is always 50 or 60 thousand births less than the August high, year after year. But 2009 may see an unusually low point in February, nine months after the heart of our 2008 financial meltdown, and an unusually high point in August if there are “Obama babies” on the way. Look for a birth total in August 2009 over 400 thousand for evidence that this is more than just impressionistic speculation!