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Buttigieg Would Rather Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies Than Do The Hard Stuff, CNN Reports

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Dulles, VA - NOVEMBER 15: Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), other Virginia politicians and Metro board member cut a ribbon at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia on November 15, 2022.
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Biden’s Secretary of Transportation isn’t really into the day-to-day parts of his job. In fact, it seems that he would much rather be a figurehead who shows up for photo opportunities, based on a recent CNN interview with Mayor Pete himself.

“Buttigieg says what he’d rather be doing is trips like Monday’s: Opening the first new airport terminal in Kansas City since Vice President Spiro Agnew was there for a ribbon cutting … celebrating the groundbreaking on a record-busting $4 billion electric vehicle battery plant in DeSoto, Kansas, and talking transportation programs with students at the University of Missouri,” the outlet reported.

“Those events are the things Buttigieg thought he was signing up for with the Cabinet job,” CNN added.

Instead, though, he has had to deal with crises such as supply chain hiccups, rail strikes, aviation woes, and that whole toxic train spill in East Palestine, Ohio, that has upended the lives of thousands.

Buttigieg’s message for his haters is simple: He knows how to shop better than they do, and they’re a bunch of frauds, he implied during the CNN interview.

“It’s really rich to see some of these folks – the former president, these Fox hosts – who are literally lifelong card-carrying members of the East Coast elite, whose top economic policy priority has always been tax cuts for the wealthy, and who wouldn’t know their way around a T.J. Maxx if their life depended on it, to be presenting themselves as if they genuinely care about the forgotten middle of the country,” Buttigieg bemoaned to CNN.

“You think Tucker Carlson knows the difference between a T.J. Maxx and a Kohl’s?” he threw in for good measure.

Buttigieg’s media therapy blitz also included a sit-down session with twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The two discussed unfair criticism from naysayers.

“When you read about your biography, your accomplishments, you’re often described as a trailblazer,” Clinton said to Buttigieg at the event hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative University. “You are the first openly gay Cabinet member. You’re the youngest person to ever hold the office of the Secretary of Transportation. You’re one of the youngest people to make a serious bid for the presidency. So there’s no doubt that along the way being the first often requires knocking down some barriers, some misconceptions.”

Buttigieg replied, “Yeah, I mean, again, I’m humbled to have a word like ‘trailblazer’ used when I’m sitting next to you and knowing all the cracks you put in that glass ceiling.”

During that conversation, he assured voters that he wasn’t going to “complain about any frustration associated with coming to an agency and having work to do every day and finding that you’re dealing sometimes with a noise machine that seems to have little to do with your day-to-day work and a lot to do with perceptions about your real or perceived role in presidential politics.”

“It would be very indecent of me to complain about that sitting next to you,” he added, which drew a cackle out of Clinton.

What has not seemed to cross Buttigieg’s mind is that he may be criticized because he stinks at his job, focuses on nonsense issues such as equity over merit, and has a general smarminess about him that no photo-op can fix — not because of his sexual orientation.

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