A new book is raising eyebrows by claiming former President Barack Obama dismissed the presidential bid of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg because the candidate was “short” and “gay.”
In “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency,” authors NBC’s Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes of the Hill describe an October 2019 dinner event for black corporate donors to Democrat causes, in which Obama appears to caution Democrats against supporting Buttigieg.
“He’s 38, but he looks 30,” Obama reportedly said. “He’s the mayor of a small town. He’s gay, and he’s short.”
Obama reportedly had no personal problem with Buttigieg, but feared the little-known Democrat who failed to draw black support could beat then-President Donald Trump.
The comments are ironic, given Obama’s youth, “funny” name and the fact he was dismissed as unelectable in his 2008 Democrat primary against Hillary Clinton.
The event was reportedly aimed at boosting the appeal of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who was at the time competing with Buttigieg and Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democrats’ progressive primary voters but failing to connect with black voters.
It came six months after his own vice-president, Joe Biden, entered the race. Obama remained neutral in the primaries.
The book also alleges now-embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo angered Biden and his campaign with a 2020 Democrat National Convention speech the Biden campaign felt was self-aggrandizing and aimed more at positioning Cuomo for a future presidential bid than supporting Biden.
Cuomo’s five-minute address did not mention Biden until the final 10 seconds.