Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
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"The best American political autobiography since Barack Obama’s 'Dreams from My Father." —Charles Kaiser, The Guardian
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I first heard of Pete Buttigieg when he ran for chair of the Democratic National Committee. I didn't know much about him other than that he had made real progress as the mayor of South ...more
Oh yeah, he did some other things too, like fight for our country and turn a dying city around. But that's not nearly as important.
Being honest, after 2016 I mostly keep my head in the sand. I wander around, blissfully pretending that I don't live in a United States where a large enough population rejected the most qualified candidate in favor ...more
It rattles my brain realizing that Pete Buttigieg, 36 years of age, is a year ‘younger’ than our oldest daughter.
MAYOR PETE has a vision for America —and I like his vision!!!!
Pete wants to ensure that America’s future is better than its past.
That every American has the freedom to live a life of their own choosing.
Where racial justice is a reality and not a dream.
Where we put an end to endless war.
Where we’ve summoned the national will to meet the challenge of ...more
Buttigieg himself would remind voters that his age has been the th ...more
Buttigieg had a dull, ordinary childhood in a dull, dying flyover-country town that nobody much has heard of. His fancy-pants parents, liberal college professors at Notre Dame, gave him all the love and attention any kid could ask for; his friends and he did the usual kid things; he was a high flyer from teenage on in everyone's eyes. He's succeeded at being the kind of politician that should be the norm not the exception: Focused on results, compromising what he can to get wha ...more
This memoir tells us a bit about Mayor Pete's life before politics, but it's mostly about his time as mayor--which includes his service in Afghanistan, coming o ...more
First, the book. I wish I could say to read this book to see why America needs Mayor Pete to be President Pete, but you don’t need to – just listen to him talk for five minutes in any of his recent speeches or town halls. I wish also that I could say t ...more
Buttigieg (I *will* learn to spell this) obviously puts his best foot forward with his stories of life in ...more
I first REALLY heard of Mayor Pete when he joined President Obama at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana in 2016. My wife and I went to hear the President speak about the economic gains that happened during his time in office - specifically the gains in our area. Elkhart (which has a primary industry focus of RVs) was hit hard during the recession, and he stopped here when first elected to let us know we weren't simply "flyover country" and that he would be working for us as well. He came ba ...more
More than anything, he stands for working with those across the aisle, even when you disagree.
And he wants to keep it classy while calling out lies and hypocrisy. Those are the ...more
That aside, this was a great read. It's a straightforward, nimble, and insightful accounting of his 37 years on this planet, from his childhood in South Bend all the way up to the post-2016 moment that led to his spirited, though unsuccessful, bid to become DNC chair in 2017. Unlike so ...more
"As I got ready to leave, a volunteer came up to me in the hall of the s ...more
Oh, Mayor Pete--you're totally my current political crush in the 2020 primary!
So, yeah, Shortest Way Home is no Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, but it's damn close! And I had the same reaction to that book that I did to this one--"This dude's gonna be POTUS someday!"
It might not be this time around (I sure as hell hope it is!), but Mayor Pete's turn is coming. Since he's only in his 30s, there's plenty of time ...more
I'm not in the habit of reading campaign books- books written by the candidates themselves, I mean- but I might end up making an exception here. Buttigieg's an intelligent guy, and I think his interview with David Remnick was illuminating:
DR: It’s extremely early in the race. But you’ve got a lot of energy on your side, even though it’s a very crowded field. Let’s think ahead to post-nomination. Let’s say you get the nomination, and you are pitted against