In his remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, earlier than formally introducing his decide for Secretary of Transportation, Biden touted the variety of his appointments thus far, saying that, by the point he was by means of, his cupboard would have essentially the most girls and the most individuals of colour in historical past. It can be, Biden stated, “a cabinet of barrier breakers, cabinet of firsts—a cabinet that looks like America.”
Buttigieg started off his speech by talking about his longtime love of trains, planes, and other forms of transportation, disclosing that he had actually proposed to Chasten in an airport terminal. (“So do not let anybody inform you that O’Hare isn’t romantic,” he joked.)
Then, in addition to saying that under his leadership, “the idea of ‘infrastructure’ week would be associated with results and never again a media punchline,” he talked about the significance of what was happening on this socially distanced stage of the Queen Theater.
“I’m also mindful that the eyes of history are on this appointment, knowing that this is the first time an American president has ever sent an openly LGBTQ cabinet member to the Senate for confirmation,” Buttigieg said. He recalled watching the news, as 17-year-old, when then-President Bill Clinton tried to appoint an openly gay ambassador, only to have that pick vilified and ultimately tabled until Clinton could make a recess appointment. “Two decades later,” Buttigieg stated, “I can’t help but think of a 17-year-old somewhere who might be watching us right now, somebody who wonders whether and where they belong, in the world or even in their own family, and I’m thinking about the message that today’s announcement is sending to them.”
Buttigieg was a fierce and often highly critical opponent of Biden in the early days of the 2020 presidential campaign. But once he dropped out, right before Super Tuesday, Buttigieg became an equally fierce surrogate for the Democratic nominee, particularly in his appearances on Fox News where he skillfully parried with the Trump-leaning hosts and matter-of-factly pointed out the repeated falsehoods being perpetuated by the president.
One common Fox viewer was apparently not proud of the airtime given to the younger politician. “Hard to consider that @FoxNews is losing airtime on Mayor Pete, as Chris Wallace likes to name him,” Donald Trump tweeted shortly before one appearance. “Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems. They got dumped from the Democrats boring debates, and they just want in. They forgot the people who got them there.”