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OUCH: Obama Says Buttigieg Too Short To Be President

Chasten Glezman Buttigieg (L) greets his husband, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, after he delivered a keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 14th annual Las Vegas Gala at Caesars Palace on May 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Buttigieg is the first openly gay candidate to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. The HRC is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the United States.

At a glance

  • In a new book about former President Obama’s relationship with Joe Biden, Obama is quoted as saying that Pete Buttigieg is “too short” to be president.
  • Author Gabriel Debenedetti said Buttigieg impressed Obama, but the former president “thought Buttigieg was too short and, as a former volunteer for Obama in 2008, seemed too young—and where such a large field would make breaking through that much harder.”
  • Former President Donald Trump had great fun belittling Buttigieg’s short stature; he is believed to 5-foot-8 inches, at most.



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