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A bombshell book about how Joe Biden “won” the 2020 presidential election includes a startling revelation that former President Obama spoke dismissively of Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
The book, “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency,” was written by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen of NBC News.
Obama, who publicly said he liked Mayor Pete, derided the candidate during a private meeting with wealthy black business owners in New York City.
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He explained to the exclusive group why he did not believe Mayor Pete could win the presidency.
“He’s thirty- eight,” Obama said, pausing for dramatic effect, “but he looks thirty.” The audience laughed. Obama was on a roll, using the tone of light ridicule he some-times pointed at himself— “ big ears” and “a funny name,” he’d said so many times before. Now, it was directed at Buttigieg. “He’s the mayor of a small town,” the former president continued. “He’s gay,” Obama said, “and he’s short.” More laughter.
The Hill obtained an exclusive excerpt from the book.
“Only months earlier, Buttigieg had sat in Obama’s post presidential office in Washington seeking counsel on how to maintain equanimity in the face of homophobia on the campaign trail,” The Hill reported. “Now, behind his back, Obama was riffing on him to some of the wealthiest Black men in America at a time when Buttigieg had been dubbed ‘Mayo Pete’ by critics who believed he couldn’t connect with African American voters.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the Human Rights Campaign, a radical LGBT hate group, responds to Obama’s remarks.