Profile:  Pete Buttigieg

By | January 24, 2020

[January 24, 2020]  “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg is being called a moderate Democrat presidential candidate that will heal our nation’s divides.   At 37 years old, he has little experience, but he possesses some of the checklist requirements of political progressives.  He is a Rhodes Scholar, son of an immigrant, is the current mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and is the first openly gay presidential candidate.

There is not much to work with when trying to lay out the character of Pete Buttigieg.  He seems like a “nice fellow” on the surface, and I’ve not found many people that don’t like him.  Buttigieg is following the lead of other major Democrats by drifting leftward politically and by blaming President Trump for significant foreign policy errors.  He is also apologetic for his past behavior.  But he is from a new generation of presidential candidates and that makes him different.

Here are some of the characteristics of “Mayor Pete” culled from the little information available:

  • Intelligent and Respectful
  • Congenial
  • Practical/Realist
  • Honest and Loyal to his City
  • Cares about others
  • Disciplined

“Being gay isn’t something you choose, but you do face choices about whether and how to discuss it.” – Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Presidential candidate1

After reading about Mayor Pete, listening to his speeches, and reading a mountain of articles (so you won’t have to), I still have one nagging question.  Why is he running for president?  Little can be said of the answer.  He doesn’t give an acceptable answer to the question and his passion is not on display like that of Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. Yet Mayor Pete’s proposed policies are similar to them.  I’m still unsure what is making him stand out from the more experienced politicians (other than the apparent identity politics issue).

The good news is that there is no identifiable public gaffe, scandal, or significant flaw.   Right now, he’s a safe bet on not making any major changes to the status quo.  We call this a caretaker leader and most of America is not interested.  That’s why Donald Trump was elected; to change things for the better.

Mayor Pete did blame President Trump for Iran’s shootdown of a civilian airliner.  In that, he went off the rails.  Otherwise, he seems to be someone who can unite people.  That character trait is yet untested.


Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article everyday on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

35 thoughts on “Profile:  Pete Buttigieg

  1. Kenny Foster

    Pete needs to take off his beanie cap and put on his big-boy pants. Too much of a wuss for me.

    1. ZB22

      Spot on comment. Maybe his next move is to cry on stage to show his compassion. This guy has not a prayer in hell of getting elected as the US Pres. Maybe he’s just running for name recognition or for the VP slot (which I doubt).

    1. Janna Faulkner

      Okay “monica” if that is your real name. Stop joking around. You may be for Hillary getting into the race and that is fine. But please give us something that would support that thinking. Appreciate a response.

  2. Gil Johnson

    What I find interesting is that the Impeachment trial in the US Senate is on-going and pulls several of the presidential candidates out of their campaigning. Sanders, Warren, etc are now at a disadvantage over Biden and Buttigieg because they are not Senators. Interesting. I wonder if this was a ploy by Nancy Pelosi who hates Sanders and Warren?

  3. Jerome Smith

    So far the next Democratic debate is:
    February 7, 2020
    ABC/WMUR Democratic Primary Debate
    Watch On: ABC
    Location: St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire
    Sponsors: ABC, WMUR, Apple News
    Moderators: TBD
    Candidates: TBD

      1. Otto Z. Zuckermann

        So true! Boring Boring Boring, how many times do we have to say it. Well, even the comedians are scared to death of making fun of them.

    1. Willie Shrumburger

      Most of these debates are BORING. I want to scratch my eyes out. I stopped watching. Now that Hillary Clinton, the DNC foil (that’s not a typo), things might get more exciting. Hillary for the nominee again!

      1. Tracey Brockman

        Willie, maybe that is the point of Hillary’s action. Or maybe, she is just the narcissist that we always knew she was.

  4. Bill Sanders, Jr.

    “Mayor Pete” is like the clean-cut guy on television from the 1960s. But he is not a good person to have as a leader of this great nation. Pete apologizes for doing good things in his life but is quick to throw around unfounded accusations to others. This is a poor trait that should be rejected. Excuses are irrelevant. Results matter.

    1. Bryan Lee

      Right, and that is why “character” matters and why this series was written by Gen. Satterfield. It’s also why I’m reading it like so many others here. Thanks Bill.

    2. Pete the Meat

      Thanks Bill. Too many people lack the time or inclination to do the kinds of thinking needed to make an informed decision. They think their vote doesn’t matter. So they just go with the flow. Sad but a truth to not be forgotten.

  5. Nancy B

    Personally, I like Pete Buttigieg. He was in the Navy in Afghanistan so he has the right to make comments. If only more of them had served in the US military, like Tulsi Gabbard, we would have a better choice of candidates.

    1. Tom Bushmaster

      Hi Nancy, haven’t seen you here before (admittedly I don’t read all the comments). Welcome to you anyway. I’m starting to see more women on Gen Satterfield’s blog. Good! Your input is welcome. Thanks for pointing out Pete’s military service. I believe he was in the Navy.

  6. Greg Heyman

    The Democrat Party gets 95% of the black vote in America. Yet, blacks have more in common with the Republican Party. That is why candidates like Buttigieg have to scare blacks into voting their way. The easiest is to blame Republicans for everything that goes wrong and take credit for everything that goes right (despite their own actions). No wonder people hate politicians.

    1. lydia

      Stop the hate. Oops, sorry! I thought you were some kind of racist (sarcasm actually). True enough. What is the problem? People that are leftist assume blacks are too stupid and ignorant to make informed decisions.

      1. Tony Custer

        You’re right lydia and that pisses me off so much it hard to just write my comment today.

      2. José Luis Rodriguez

        Good comments. Great website and blog. Thank you Gen Satterfield for your contribution to making better leaders of us.

  7. Albert Ayer

    “Mayor Pete” as he is affectionately known, is largely a person we don’t have much info on. What I like about him is that he is honest and open. But, I think he has a progressive/PC-ideology that tends to blame others for failures that he could be part of to fix.

    1. JT Patterson

      Yes, like the Iranian stupidly and carelessly shooting down a civilian airliner, then lying about it for 3 days. Then Pete B. blaming Trump for it. What an idiotic comment that Mayor Pete made. It shows a gross level of immaturity.

      1. Yusaf from Texas

        JT, but isn’t blaming others for your personal failures a feature of leftism? I think so.

      2. Watson Bell

        This kind of immaturity is troublesome. Buttigieg is supposed to be the moderate which means the mature centrist who thinks before he opens his mouth. Also, one that has thought thru his thinking and choses his words carefully. This was not done. Sorry Pete but you will not be president, you are a second-stringer.

  8. Dr. William Blake, Sr.

    Great series, keep it up. I would like to see Hillary Clinton revisited in your series even though she is not officially running this time.

    1. Ronny Fisher

      Gen. Satterfield has done a wonderful job so far with this profile of major presidential candidates. I wonder who will be next on his list. Will it be Clinton?

      1. Harry Donner

        I think we are due Donald Trump. Gen. Satterfield already wrote an article about him four years ago. Let’s see how that might have changed over time. I don’t think Trump has changed but we know a bunch more about him and how he conducts his business. And, yes, the country can be run like a business if we put our heads into it.

        1. Xavier C. Dominique

          Hi guys, I’m new to Mr. Satterfield’s website so appreciate feedback on my comments. I think, Harry, that you are correct. D Trump’s profile will be different. The main diff is that he is effective at getting the job done!

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