Everybody knows that Barack Obama was the guiding force behind the 2020 election. Heck, he’s been the guiding force behind much of the last four years, including weaponizing the federal government against Donald Trump by setting up the Russia Hoax. As the Democrats’ éminence grise, what Obama has to say about politicians vying for power within the party matters. That’s why his dismissive comments about Pete Buttigieg, an unqualified man who lasted long into the primaries, are so interesting. According to Obama, Buttigieg was too young, too short, and too gay ever to be president.
There’s a new book out – once that Amazon’s sure to carry – called Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency, by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen. According to The Hill, the book recounts an October 2019 meeting that Obama held in New York City with Black donors. He was pushing them hard to support Elizabeth Warren, even though the corporate donors were worried about Warren’s attacks on wealthy people.
Another candidate whose name came up was Pete Buttigieg, the young mayor from South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg was making a good showing then and continued to do so until quite late in the campaign.
Buttigieg’s success was impressive given how little he brought to the table. While Buttigieg had shown academic abilities (Harvard University plus a Rhodes Scholarship), he’d made no mark in the business world during his short stint at McKinsey and Company. He joined the U.S. Navy Reserve but made no mark there either. His time in South Bend was also entirely undistinguished – except for the fact that he’d managed to offend the city’s Black community by firing the first Black police chief.
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