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Twenty Things You Probably Didn't Know About Pete Buttigieg

I learned a few things, and this conservative source didn't diss him a bit.

Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Pete Buttigieg
By Jim Geraghty
March 22, 2019 6:30 AM


One: South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg’s father, Joseph Buttigieg, immigrated to the United States from Malta and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1979. He was a professor of European literature who taught at New Mexico State and then Notre Dame. The elder Buttigieg was a fan of Manchester United soccer and easily transitioned to become a fan of Notre Dame football. Buttigieg’s mother, Anne Montgomery Buttigieg, was also a professor at Notre Dame for nearly three decades. Joseph Buttigieg passed away in January. Mayor Buttigieg now lives on the same block as his mother and says his mortgage payment on a “large old house facing the river” is $450.

Two: Buttigieg is the youngest candidate in the large Democratic field, born in 1982. He was a child or young man for events that might seem “not that long ago” to many older voters. He remembers an elementary-school teacher explaining that the maps and globes with the label “Soviet Union” were now obsolete. He was ten when Bill Clinton was elected president, a college freshman when George W. Bush was elected president, and a sophomore on 9/11. One of his first jobs out of college was doing research and press work for John Kerry’s presidential campaign; he turned down an offer to work for Barack Obama’s Senate campaign.

Three: In high school, Buttigieg was senior-class president, valedictorian, and president of the school’s chapter of Amnesty International. In his autobiography, Shortest Way Home, he describes his high-school gym teacher as objecting to the group’s focus on “Ay-rabs.” He won an essay contest sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library as part of the organization’s annual Profile in Courage Award. Buttigieg wrote an essay saluting the courage of then-congressman Bernie Sanders, declaring that the congressman’s “real impact has been a reaction to the cynical climate which threatens the effectiveness of the democratic system.” Invited to the JFK library, Buttigieg met Senator Ted Kennedy, and the senator offered him an internship.

His thoughts of running for office started quite early. In Shortest Way Home, Buttigieg writes of his high-school years, “I had begun to wonder what it would be like to be involved in public service directly, instead of reading or watching movies about it. Could political action be a calling, not just the stuff of dinner table talk?”

Four: Buttigieg was accepted to Harvard University and found that his dorm room had previously housed Ulysses Grant Jr., Cornel West, and Horatio Alger. He describes college life in his autobiography like something out of the X-Men: “It began to feel like the academy of X-Men: everyone had some concealed special power: Cate, on the second floor, could read books at four or five times the normal pace. Andrew, on the ground floor, could do a Rubik’s Cube from any starting point in about a minute. Steve, my roommate, was like a science-fiction telepath; he could dissect social interactions and predict with remarkable accuracy how relationships among other freshmen we knew would play out with time.”

Five: Buttigieg became the student president at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, a role described by The New Yorker as being “sought by the most ambitious of the exceptionally ambitious.” At the time the institute was headed by retired senator David Pryor — who is credited with being one of Bill Clinton’s key political mentors. Buttigieg thanks Pryor for providing “the political education we really needed.”

He was a board member of the Harvard College Democrats and protested the war in Iraq. He wrote a regular column for the Harvard Crimson, and in one mocked George W. Bush for his Ivy League elitism in poetry form:

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https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/pete-buttigieg-biography-views-democratic-presidential-candidate/
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dewsgirl Mar 2019 #5
True Dough Mar 2019 #9
dewsgirl Mar 2019 #10
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California_Republic Mar 2019 #6
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katmondoo Mar 2019 #8
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patricia92243 Mar 2019 #13
LAS14 Mar 2019 #14
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 09:41 AM

1. 👀

 

Checking out later
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 09:42 AM

2. Interesting! Thanks for posting this, babylonsister

 

You're welcome to insert Pete's photo at the bottom of your profile anytime!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 09:47 AM

4. I know. I'm very much leaning that way. nt

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 09:44 AM

3. I really like Mayor Pete a lot.

 

So many good-great candidates to beat Cheetolini.
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 09:55 AM

5. 21. 90 percent of the American population cannot

 

pronounce his name. Including many anchors/pundits.
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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 10:33 AM

9. It will be much easier

 

when they can all just refer to him as "Mr. President"!!!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 10:51 AM

10. +1, I've noticed this morning many are saying, Buti-judge this morning. So maybe

 

they got the memo. Looking forward to Jeannie Moos segment on this.
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 10:03 AM

6. He keeps rising in DU. Now 4%. Tied with Beto

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 10:05 AM

7. If Biden runs and wins, Pete will be perfect VP pick

 

Better than Beto, IMO. Pete us a rising star but his last name is hard spell.
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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 10:31 AM

8. He is very impressive

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 12:01 PM

11. A Rhodes Scholarship took Buttigieg to Oxford

 

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 12:29 PM

12. K and r.

 

Liking this guy more with everything I learn about him.
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 12:49 PM

13. Thanks for this really great post. I've read it and am still bookmarking to

 

read again later - like when he is POTUS.
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 01:10 PM

14. I've been out of touch - no papers, e-mail, cell phone....

 

... for four days. What happened to cause so much Buttigieg activity on DU?
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Response to LAS14 (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 01:12 PM

15. He's been getting media play. He was just on The View.

 

Not to mention the man is brilliant.
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2019, 12:35 AM

17. Thanks, I keep liking Buttigieg more and more.

 

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