How tall is Pete Buttigieg? Obama allegedly said he’s ‘gay and too short’ to win election, Internet ‘embarrassed’

Obama told a group of 'wealthy black donors that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg didn't stand a chance to win the presidency because 'he's gay' and 'short''


                            How tall is Pete Buttigieg? Obama allegedly said he’s ‘gay and too short’ to win election, Internet ‘embarrassed’
Pete Buttigieg, Barack Obama (Getty Images)

A new book about the 2020 presidential election titled 'Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency' co-authored by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen reportedly claims that the former president Barack Obama joked about Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg's height and sexuality. 

The Hill and NBC journalists Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, according to The Blaze, have written in their book that Obama told a group of "wealthy black donors that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg didn't stand a chance to win the presidency because 'he's gay' and 'short'." 

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In the meeting that occurred in 2019, Obama allegedly took a dig at Buttigieg's age, sexual orientation, and height. The excerpts shared by the publication read,

When he was asked to return to the original question on his advice, Obama said he liked Buttigieg, a rising talent who'd worked on his own campaign. But despite his affinity for the South Bend mayor, he rattled off a list of reasons why Buttigieg couldn't win.

"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.

Only months earlier, Buttigieg had sat in Obama's postpresidential office in Washington seeking counsel on how to maintain equanimity in the face of homophobia on the campaign trail. 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.

 Pete Buttigieg (Getty Images)

How tall is Pete Buttigieg?

While Buttigieg himself hasn't discussed his height when Daily Dot reportedly contacted his campaign, they announced that he was 5' 9". One Twitter user, Manager of the Folkhemmet, who claims to be a student, once shared on Twitter that they learned Buttigieg's height to be 5' 9" from his campaign.

The tweet read, "On a lighter note, one of my friends apparently had to verify Pete Buttigieg's height for extra credit in her class. She ended up calling his campaign and getting the information from a staffer, only for her professor to not believe the provided height."



 

Internet finds the remark 'cruel and bigoted'

Responding to the claims made in the book, one Twitter user wrote "Obama saying Pete Buttigieg being to short & too gay to be President sounds cruel & bigoted. But let’s stop and look at our voters. The MAGA crowd wasn’t exactly pro-LGBTQ & homophobia isn’t limited to just them. Height would be a perception thing." Another wrote, "sdksfjldk i felt so embarrassed when i got that notif for the article abt obama calling pete too short and gay to run". Adding to the above tweets another said, "Obama claimed Buttigieg couldn’t win election because ‘he’s gay’ and ‘short’: Book https://washex.am/3bke1Va So Bo can call Pete a gay and get a laugh of of it. Trump on the other hand would have been burned at the stake.. amazing how journalism has become the national inquirer"



 



 



 

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