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Buttigieg Is About to Become the Most Powerful Transportation Secretary Ever

Pete Buttigieg needed some money for infrastructure.

It was January of 2019, just weeks before he would announce his presidential exploratory committee at a hotel in Washington, DC. And like a lot of leaders of Midwestern cities, beset by climate change and inadequate infrastructure funding, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was facing down another year of trying to fill approximately 22,000 potholes. Domino's pizza had a solution: A nationwide public relations contest that awarded money to one city in each state whose roads needed fixing. Residents of South Bend voted overwhelmingly in the contest for their city, winning a $5,000 grant that amounted to five percent of its $90,000 pothole-fixing budget.

Fast forward two short years later and President Joe Biden's Transportation secretary will soon find himself flush with approximately $210 billion over five years in discretionary grants. For the next few years, he'll be tasked with doling out those funds to largely popular projects in red and blue states across the country, including megaprojects like the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Kentucky and Ohio, a key reason why Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted for the bill. And of course, the money will mend the very same potholes he contended with as a mayor.

"The good news is that this is going to be the largest investment in roadways that we have seen, I think, since the interstate era," Polly Trottenberg, Buttigieg's top deputy at DOT, told Insider last week. "For state and local DOTs, that's one of the ways they're going to put that money to work right away on basic roadway repair and maintenance."

Biden will sign the bill into law on Monday, and with it come a number of new competitive grant programs that will make Buttigieg the most powerful Transportation secretary ever, said Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, an independent charitable foundation.

That's because Buttigieg will effectively be controlling the purse strings of an amount of money that is "at least five or six times more than has existed under a previous secretary," Davis added. In the recent past, such spending programs were more skewed to formula-based funding; now, Buttigieg's DOT will get to pick and choose which projects to back.

Buttigieg runs a federal agency established during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration in 1966—a little more than a decade after President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the Interstate system. The most recent analogue of a DOT secretary managing such a windfall is Ray LaHood, who oversaw approximately $48 billion for infrastructure projects around the country while serving in the Obama Cabinet following the Great Recession . DOT's annual budget under Buttigieg will increase from $90 billion to $140 billion, and DOT officials acknowledge they will have to staff up to match the moment.

Buttigieg's rise from Midwestern mayor whose city benefitted from $5,000 he didn't ask for to fill potholes to presiding over administering hundreds of billions of dollars in a historic infrastructure package illustrates his dramatic political arc. He's now one of Biden's go-to Cabinet members on messaging, calling the legislation paired with the still-pending human infrastructure bill "the Big Deal."

"Secretary Pete may not have gotten his top choice but he's made the most of it," said former Obama White House spokesman Ben LaBolt, nodding to Buttigieg's hope for a foreign policy gig in the Cabinet such as Ambassador to the United Nations. "He's been out front on what may be the signature issue of the administration."


by Anonymousreply 105November 29, 2021 11:04 PM

Where the rubber meets the road'

Buttigieg's expected attendance Monday at the White House ceremonial signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act punctuates one of the best political weeks in his life.

As the infrastructure bill passed, one of his two newborn children, Gus, overcame a respiratory infection that had put him in the hospital for days; he rubbed shoulders with global figures on his first international trip as a Cabinet secretary at Glasgow's COP26 climate summit, including posing with former President Barack Obama. And last Friday, a buzzy documentary that chronicles the rise of Buttigieg from local government in northern Indiana to his job as a Biden administration Cabinet secretary debuted on Amazon.

Buttigieg's childhood pal, first mayoral chief of staff, and presidential campaign manager Mike Schmuhl said the infrastructure bill—and some of its more quotidian provisions—represent the Cabinet's secretary grounding belief that politics should, at core, address the mundane issues of everyday life.

"To now be transportation secretary, that's where the rubber meets the road. Roads, bridges, airports, seaports," Schmuhl, now chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, said last week. "All that stuff takes place in communities across America. He knows about service delivery and improving it."

And it also marks a new phase of Buttigieg's political career and his most significant accomplishment in public life so far. He personally lobbied House and Senate lawmakers, notching 300 calls and meetings with members from both sides of the aisle up until the final hours before the bill's passage, according to an adviser. He logged more than 125 local news hits, and 300 total press interviews selling the road and jobs package. Months from now, he could be hoisting oversized checks at site visits near major transportation projects around the country. Already, he's visited a dozen states in his official duties.

"It's a great job because transportation is everywhere," Steve Elmendorf, an early Buttigieg donor and lobbyist, told Insider. "It puts you in contact with constituencies everywhere: governors, mayors, local elected officials that are incredibly important and can help him build for the future. I think he took the job because he was committed to what Joe Biden was doing and wanted to help."

The final bipartisan infrastructure deal wasn't everything Buttigieg and Biden wanted. Buttigieg spent his earliest days in office talking up transportation projects that could improve racial equity, including in an early interview with Insider. Buttigieg Zoomed into a meeting with members of the African American Mayors Association, and in a more than hour-long call, 24 Black mayors from around the country took turns peppering Buttigieg with questions about infrastructure projects in their cities that needed his attention and courted him with invitations to visit after the pandemic subsided. But lawmakers slashed the $20 billion initially envisioned to advance racial equity and reconnect communities of color to just $1 billion.

Still, the dollar amounts attached to the bipartisan infrastructure deal are so significant they have become a matter of consternation among Congressional Republicans. Back in September, GOP Sens. Rick Scott of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas lambasted the broader deal and the new competitive grant program minutes after their colleagues approved the package 69 to 30 in interviews with Insider.

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by Anonymousreply 1November 14, 2021 7:58 PM

"There shouldn't be a program like this. We should spend money on roads, bridges, airports, and seaports and not borrow any more money," Scott, who also runs the Senate GOP's 2022 campaign operation, said of Buttigieg's hundred-billion-dollar carve out, adding that Buttigieg "ought to give it back to the federal government so we can pay down the debt."

Cruz was equally incensed, railing against the "wildly irresponsible tax and spending spree by the Democrats" and calling on Buttigieg to commit the open-ended funds to debt service.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican of West Virginia, dubbed the infrastructure package "a big deal" for Buttigieg — something she said her side of the aisle tried, in vain, to contain.

"There is a lot of latitude," she told Insider at the US Capitol. "And some of it we tried to ratchet down a little bit."

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican of Maine, vowed to keep a close eye on Buttigieg.

"There's still going to be the same kinds of regulations and oversight," the Maine Republican and Appropriations committee member told Insider while walking through the Senate subway tunnels recently.

All that GOP criticism aside, a White House official told Insider Buttigieg would be instrumental in selling the infrastructure plan alongside other Cabinet officials nationwide in events "aimed at touting what we've secured for working people with these historic investments."

That means taking on a job as Transportation secretary that typically is handled by presidents, or in some cases even ex-presidents.

"Once it's signed into law, he'll have to shift from advocating for the bill to selling the results," Davis said. "He's the best political talent at explaining complicated stuff to voters since Bill Clinton."

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by Anonymousreply 2November 14, 2021 7:59 PM

Is he even back to work?

by Anonymousreply 3November 14, 2021 8:02 PM

60 Minutes did a story on the Supply Chain Crisis and Secretary Pete refused to be interviewed for some reason... I hate Tucker Carlson but the best thing he ever did was call out Pete---who was going to take THREE months Paternity Leave until he got caught and had to go back to work.

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by Anonymousreply 4November 15, 2021 5:22 AM

He certainly is doing a bang-up job on the supply chain crisis.

by Anonymousreply 5November 15, 2021 7:01 AM

Bezos---who pays zilch taxes---who is also Petes OTHER employer (besides Biden)---loves the infrastructure bill because it has a lot of perks for Amazon. ...Buttigieg is on AMAZONs Payroll....Conflict of Interest?

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by Anonymousreply 6November 15, 2021 7:23 AM

Buttigieg is so incompetent that Biden picked Mitch Landrau to oversee it.

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by Anonymousreply 7November 15, 2021 8:04 AM

More powerful than Claude S. Brinegar?

by Anonymousreply 8November 15, 2021 8:06 AM

But how big is his dick OP?

by Anonymousreply 9November 15, 2021 8:12 AM

There is no way that Biden is letting the former mayor of small town…. wherever, spend trillions on infrastructure. It’s not happening.

by Anonymousreply 10November 15, 2021 12:32 PM

Shouldn't he be at home with "the babies," letting them suckle on his teats ?

by Anonymousreply 11November 15, 2021 5:01 PM

He's fantastic!

Jealous fags can stay mad!

by Anonymousreply 12November 16, 2021 2:09 AM

Pete is a genius and is doing well. I commend Joe Biden for having the foresight to give him a position in his administration. Pete is going places.........!!!!

by Anonymousreply 13November 16, 2021 2:22 AM

OP could be true, but I'm not really to aware of past transportation secretaries whom I assume were not big on posting pictures of their family on social media.

by Anonymousreply 14November 16, 2021 2:29 AM

R14 He's giving it the personal touch which is great. Don't forget that Pete had a sick baby in the hospital and was very concerned. He's a very caring guy and I think he's fantastic!

by Anonymousreply 15November 16, 2021 2:32 AM

Buttigieg is the Office Gossip.......Kamala will get him for this...She really will.....

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by Anonymousreply 16November 16, 2021 2:44 AM

R15 Who dresses up a sick 2-month old in a Halloween costume?

by Anonymousreply 17November 16, 2021 2:56 AM

Pete's insufferably smug.

by Anonymousreply 18November 16, 2021 3:09 AM

He’s a douche and a dud.

Pete has shown us what he is all about: nothing.

He. Is. All. Hype.

by Anonymousreply 19November 16, 2021 3:16 AM

R18 Well someone is!! Pete is a very nice and decent guy!

by Anonymousreply 20November 16, 2021 3:16 AM

^Buttugieg’s PR has infested DL AGAIN.

by Anonymousreply 21November 16, 2021 3:18 AM

R21 So cynical and bitter!!!

by Anonymousreply 22November 16, 2021 3:20 AM

Pete brown nosed his FOX Fans today. Then threw in some insincere Veep praise. What a dirtbag this guy is.

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by Anonymousreply 23November 16, 2021 3:21 AM

The Breitbart story sounds surprisingly believable. Pete knows he could never win a statewide office in Indiana and his ego's too big to run for Congress. He must be deluded if he thinks he can sneak his way into the White House. He thinks he's a character in The West Wing.

by Anonymousreply 24November 16, 2021 3:23 AM

I don't know if 2024 will be his best chance or not, or if the country will ever be ready for a gay leader, but I'd love to see him as President. He's terrific.

by Anonymousreply 25November 16, 2021 4:02 AM

this ugly rodent will never be president

by Anonymousreply 26November 16, 2021 4:21 AM

Stop trying to make Alfred E Newman . . . sorry . . . Petey . . . sorry . . . Secretary Buttigieg happen!!

by Anonymousreply 27November 16, 2021 4:43 AM

[quote]I hate Tucker Carlson but the best thing he ever did was call out Pete---

TROLL ALERT! " I hate Tucker but..... I am a Democrat but.....I hate Fox News but...."

by Anonymousreply 28November 16, 2021 4:46 AM

[quote]The Breitbart story sounds surprisingly believable.

TROLL ALERT! "The Breitbart story sounds surprisingly believable"

by Anonymousreply 29November 16, 2021 4:48 AM

TROLL ALERT! R23 posting form Fox News

by Anonymousreply 30November 16, 2021 4:49 AM

R28 = You forgot to post the part where I said Tucker got Pete to get off his ass and go back to work....

by Anonymousreply 31November 16, 2021 4:49 AM

TROLL ALERT! R16 posting from Breitbart

by Anonymousreply 32November 16, 2021 4:50 AM

[quote]Tucker got Pete to get off his ass and go back to work

Oh, like it's a little department with 10 people and a boss that will collapse if he's not there for a week? You are an idiot. There are layers and layers of mangers, heads of departments, thousands of employees running the show and making decisions every day with or without the guy at the top. The government is not a corporation that hangs on every word from the CEO, it's not going to collapse because the guy at the top is off for a few weeks.

by Anonymousreply 33November 16, 2021 4:57 AM

R33 = Pete was gone for months and did not work or manage the Department of Transportation during that time. MONTHS. And now he returns just in time to take credit for something he literally didn't lift a finger to accomplish? This Attention Whore made the whole Biden Administration look bad. By the way--Pete has two employers. Let's not forget his Bezos Amazon paycheck, which is a conflict of interest.

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by Anonymousreply 34November 16, 2021 5:24 AM

R34 and he takes credit and lots of photos with the twins that he didn't lift a finger for as well.

by Anonymousreply 35November 16, 2021 6:56 AM

You are all nasty just because you are bitter that you can't have him.

by Anonymousreply 36November 16, 2021 7:20 AM

I see Chasten and his ample tits have found Datalounge.

Welcome, First Lady of Transportation Supply Crises!

by Anonymousreply 37November 16, 2021 8:27 AM

R34 = Bitter Cunt who is jealous he got more time off from a real job than her shit job at Walmart.

by Anonymousreply 38November 16, 2021 11:06 AM

[quote] Pete was gone for months

This is normal in every other 1st world country Dear. Only third world shit hole country think it's wrong.

by Anonymousreply 39November 16, 2021 11:09 AM

link = There is an Infrastructure Czar. Buttigieg is not a Kingmaker sitting around writing checks for bridges. Everyone knows Pete ran his first SuperPac into the ground. If anything Petes replacement is Mitch Landrieu who is probably stepping into the limelight and ready when Biden boots Pete..

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by Anonymousreply 40November 16, 2021 11:16 AM


Put him on ignore and you see he has over 94 post about how much he hates Pete Buttigieg. And that's just one of his sock puppet accounts he started a month ago.

by Anonymousreply 41November 16, 2021 11:43 AM

R40 is an idiot, thinks Pete has been replace but has no clue how the government works. Biden was always looking for someone to be the head guy for his plan. Pete is Secretary of Transpiration not head of Infrastructure.

Landrieu to supervise the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill with the fallowing heads of each department:

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Energy Secretary Gina Raimondo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh and Office of Personnel Management Director Kiran Ahuja.

by Anonymousreply 42November 16, 2021 11:52 AM

[quote] Pete is Secretary of Transpiration not head of Infrastructure.

Oh, dear! Poor R42.

The only thing that has "transpired" during Pete's time at his job, was that he took a two-month long paid vacation to play house with Chasten!

Meanwhile, Rome burned. As Pete and Chasten clicked champagne glasses and said, "let them eat CAK!"

by Anonymousreply 43November 16, 2021 3:05 PM

Lis Smith's troll farm is working for Pete on the DL!!! AvocadoToast4Pete!

by Anonymousreply 44November 16, 2021 4:37 PM

More like "champagne and caviar," R44.

by Anonymousreply 45November 16, 2021 4:39 PM

R36 Chastain dear, no one wants him.

by Anonymousreply 46November 16, 2021 4:47 PM

So weird how form certain angles he can look somewhat handsome, and then other angles, he's just a big nope.

Is he a shapeshifter?

by Anonymousreply 47November 16, 2021 6:09 PM

No, he's just a big nope as you said

by Anonymousreply 48November 16, 2021 11:06 PM

Think about it = The Secretary of Transportation is on the Amazon Payroll. A clear conflict of interest. Not to even remotely bring up the current litigation between Amazon and the U.S. Government. How is this okay? Will Pete be selling Reverse Mortgage Loans next?

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by Anonymousreply 49November 16, 2021 11:21 PM

Oh, dear Breitbart doesn't like Pete. But why did Pete make a documentary about how wonderful he is? He aspires to be Prince Harry. Chasten is Meghan Markle.

by Anonymousreply 50November 16, 2021 11:36 PM

R50 More like Pete aspires to be Megan and Chastain is just by Pete's side

by Anonymousreply 51November 17, 2021 1:30 AM

[quote]Meanwhile, Rome burned. As Pete and Chasten ....

Drama Queen Alert. Really? Rome has burned? What country are you talking about Dear? Doing just fine here in the US.

One guy taking a couple months off to raise a child, like most civilized countries do, is not the same as 5,000 people attacking the US Capital, beating and murdering the police in the name of a trashy reality star and former President. THAT is the closest thing to Rome burning you silly drama queen.

by Anonymousreply 52November 17, 2021 8:08 AM

[quote]Breitbart doesn't like Pete.

Yeah, they seem to have a real hard on for him. They don't realize all they are doing is exposing their latent homosexual feelings for a white guy who is gay, highly intelligent and well spoken.

They are probably hate jerking off to him right now. OBSESSED with him.

by Anonymousreply 53November 17, 2021 8:10 AM

R53 Could be, but I think many of gay posters hating him here would just love to switch places with Chasten.

by Anonymousreply 54November 17, 2021 8:15 AM

[quote]Stop trying to make Alfred E Newman . . . sorry . . . Petey . . . sorry . . . Secretary Buttigieg happen!!

Who? Sorry Gramps, Pete was not even born when you were reading that magazine. The 70's must have been your best years, since you are obviously stuck in them. Go back to the lounge chair and finish your prune juice Grandpa.

by Anonymousreply 55November 17, 2021 8:17 AM

If not Pete in '24 then who? Are we really gonna run 82-year-old Joe?

by Anonymousreply 56November 17, 2021 8:31 AM

I have a feeling if Joe decides to call it quits, which would be smart for his legacy anyways, Kamala would definitely run, and I think Pete too. I know people think Kamala is more qualified but look at her performance this last year as VP. Hardly done anything noticeable. I think Pete if he gets some big things done in the next 3 years would give her a run for the money.

by Anonymousreply 57November 17, 2021 8:35 AM

[quote] Buttigieg is so incompetent that Biden picked Mitch Landrau to oversee it.

Nah. Mitch is put in there to make sure the right corporate funders get their contracts. He’s an Obama guy.

by Anonymousreply 58November 17, 2021 1:11 PM

For those of us who briefly considered Pete, we’ve discovered the guy is a complete misfire.

His grandstanding about time off on the job as an ADOPTIVE FATHER (that comes across as suspiciously the result of surrogacy), his lack of transparency, his manufactured hype about himself in the form of talk shows, pundit shows, tv appearances and his vapid documentary as well as his inappropriate social media posts whoring his children add up to a Republican-caricature wannabe.

All those who claimed Buttigieg was not a genuine guy and “full of it” during the primaries were spot on.

What has the guy ever done: besides prostitute himself for big $$$$$$$ (looking at you McKinsey, Bezos and wine cave fêtes)?

Should have listened to my gut. The guy is terrible and needs to go: it’s not as if he has DONE anything productive. All he does is talk. He and his PR staff are full of it.

Am not going to allow identity politics to cloud any perception of this guy’s poor performance and judgement.


by Anonymousreply 59November 17, 2021 2:45 PM

R59 I regretfully have to agree. I LIKE Pete but he needs to be in a position where his gifts, whatever they may prove to be can be used, but the department of transportation isn’t it. Do he’ll have lots of money to pass out, big deal, anyone can do that, he’ll I could do it, I’m not impressed. Get those cargo ships unloaded, fix the broken supply chain-now that would impress me, but this isn’t it.

by Anonymousreply 60November 17, 2021 2:56 PM

R50 and what of the BLM protests last summer that involved more burning, shootings, death and destruction than Jan 6th?

by Anonymousreply 61November 17, 2021 4:59 PM

How did Pete and Chasten meet?

Did Pete's fraternity go HOGGING, and he fucked Chasten on a bet?

by Anonymousreply 62November 17, 2021 5:02 PM

R52 and what about the 'summer of love' where lawlessness, shootings, burning and destruction were allowed to run rampant?

by Anonymousreply 63November 17, 2021 5:48 PM

R55 Trump referred to Pete as Alfred E. Newman a while after the 70s. Do you understand cultural icons Dorothy?

by Anonymousreply 64November 17, 2021 6:07 PM

Like everyone else, they met online, R62. It's covered in Chassie's memoir.

by Anonymousreply 65November 17, 2021 6:18 PM

Oh my. Pete really brings out the inner bitch in some of you!

by Anonymousreply 66November 17, 2021 10:20 PM

He eventually will in you too, Chasten.

by Anonymousreply 67November 17, 2021 11:10 PM

[quote]For those of us who briefly considered Pete, we’ve discovered the guy is a complete misfire.

TROLL ALERT: New wording to the old "Im a Democrat but..." now its "For those of us who briefly considered Pete..."

by Anonymousreply 68November 18, 2021 12:21 AM

[quote][R55] Trump referred to Pete as Alfred E. Newman a while after the 70s. Do you understand cultural icons Dorothy?

Yes and Trump made a fool of himself when he did. Showed what an out of touch old loser he was. Mad Magazine a cultural icon? LMFAO Ha, ha, ha, ha.

by Anonymousreply 69November 18, 2021 12:24 AM

[quote]what of the BLM protests last summer that involved more burning, shootings, death and destruction than Jan 6th?

Funny, I dont recall them trying to actual stop the vote certification of an election. Or invading the capital. Or trying to kill high ranking elected leaders of Congress or the VP. There's a big difference between a protest and an insurrection to overthrow the entire government. Goggle it.

by Anonymousreply 70November 18, 2021 12:28 AM

[quote] Buttigieg Is About to Become the Most Powerful Transportation Secretary Ever

At what point will she crown herself Queen Regnant?

Will we all have to bow in her presence? And curtsey to Chastain?

by Anonymousreply 71November 18, 2021 12:43 AM

You should bow down R71, just based on how much smarter he is than you could ever dream of being. We are lucky to have him.

by Anonymousreply 72November 18, 2021 1:08 AM

I am absolutely certain Diaper Don is scared of the Pete phenomenon. As are the republican lite Dems.

by Anonymousreply 73November 18, 2021 2:01 AM

Why would they be R73? Pete's a Log Cabin Republican with a racist record in South Bend and a history of sucking up to teabaggers.

by Anonymousreply 74November 18, 2021 9:06 PM

R74 Good, he can be in Republican administration whem they take over after next election.

by Anonymousreply 75November 18, 2021 9:10 PM

Yes, R69 people understood who Trump was referring to.

by Anonymousreply 76November 19, 2021 12:45 AM

it was also apt R69

by Anonymousreply 77November 19, 2021 12:51 AM

Alfred E. Neuman will always be a cultural icon. So will Howdy Doody who Pete also resembles.

by Anonymousreply 78November 19, 2021 1:51 AM

The dance craze that took over a nation!

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by Anonymousreply 79November 19, 2021 2:38 AM

Democrats---we are in trouble....Pete will not save us. Kamala will not save us. Joe is almost impossible to re-elect....LINK...

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by Anonymousreply 80November 19, 2021 2:45 AM

R73 dream on Chastain

by Anonymousreply 81November 19, 2021 4:02 AM

[quote]Why would they be [R73]? Pete's a Log Cabin Republican

FALSE. Stop projecting you stupid Troll.

He's always been a registered Democrat and even when he was a young kid he worshiped liberal people like Bernie. Who by the way is a self identified Socialist.

by Anonymousreply 82November 19, 2021 6:35 AM

[quote]Alfred E. Neuman will always be a cultural icon. So will Howdy Doody

OK Boomer.

You just keep digging that hole for yourself deeper and deeper. Well the good thing is, you can be berried in it soon.

FYI, No one under 50 knows who Howdy Doody is.

by Anonymousreply 83November 19, 2021 6:38 AM

TROLL ALERT R74, R75, R78, R79 R80, R81, are the same Anit-Pete Troll. Over 150 posts and counting. He has 2 different sock puppet accounts. It's all they post about if you search their history.

FF the Anti-Pete Trolls.

by Anonymousreply 84November 19, 2021 7:18 AM

So he'll be a power top?

by Anonymousreply 85November 19, 2021 7:54 AM

MMM, power top, Yes Please.

by Anonymousreply 86November 19, 2021 8:06 AM

r79 who can forget? In Iowa it made me realize Pete's fanclub was made up of old maids who loved Glee.

by Anonymousreply 87November 19, 2021 5:51 PM

R83 you just 'berried' yourself in irrelevance and stupidity. And I suppose you took a poll to support you unfounded assertion.

by Anonymousreply 88November 19, 2021 7:33 PM

R83 Sure, Jan!

by Anonymousreply 89November 19, 2021 7:34 PM

and ironically R83 here you are discussing Alfred E. Neuman and Howdy Doody!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 90November 19, 2021 7:54 PM

Everybody over 50 knows who Howdy Doody is and people over 50 vote.

by Anonymousreply 91November 21, 2021 12:54 AM

Sorry but even people in their 50's have no memory of Howdy Doody. They may have heard the name but dont know what its about. Try 60's or 70's and above. It started in the 40's and was canceled by 1960. So it was literally 61 years ago it went off the air and people who are 60 today were not even born.

by Anonymousreply 92November 21, 2021 8:36 AM

So R92 any links to the survey you took? The 3 Stooges, Charlie Brown, Hamlet the Wicked Witch of the West, Groucho Marx. . . are well-known to many even if they were before their time. That's how culture works. And Pete, to those in the know, resembles Howdy Doody and Alfred E. Neuman. You can Google it.

by Anonymousreply 93November 21, 2021 9:27 AM

Sorry Gramps, the 3Stooges are also out for anyone under 60. As is Grouch Marx. Yes, they may HAVE BEEN cultural icons in your day, but they have faded away into the past. Much like you will do soon.

Pete is the Future!

by Anonymousreply 94November 21, 2021 9:43 AM

R94 you discussed Divine, John Waters, Manson. . .on the thread about Leslie Van Houton all of whom like Howdy Doody, the 3 Stooges are decades old but will be remembered long after Princess Bootypig is forgotten. And you certainly seem to know a lot about Howdy Doody as well.

Who are you trying to fool granny? And what's your point that Bootypig doesn't resemble Howdy Doody and Alfred E. Neuman

by Anonymousreply 95November 21, 2021 5:16 PM

NOBODY shall be allowed to disrespect Howdy Doody on the DL. He is an icon like all the other icons Pete resembles: Alfred E. Neuman and Mr. Bean.

And Chasten's beloved has the personality of the Talented Mr. Ripley: check out his Obama impersonation. It's downright uncanny.

by Anonymousreply 96November 21, 2021 9:44 PM

R96 too bad he can't do a good impersonation of the Secretary of Transportation

by Anonymousreply 97November 22, 2021 5:28 AM

This is what was there in that job a year ago.

Pete is a God send.

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by Anonymousreply 98November 22, 2021 10:29 AM

If you have to compare a Biden appointee to a Trump appointee and celebrate they're better... that's a very low bar. Like saying Bolsanaro is a big improvement on Pinochet.

by Anonymousreply 99November 22, 2021 4:32 PM

r99 Dengey, erri pooka

by Anonymousreply 100November 22, 2021 4:39 PM

Well considering the OBSESSED Pete Hate Trolls on here trying to paint a false picture about him not being qualified, I find it funny how Ms. Chow was given a free ride the last 4 years.

Lipstick Alley Trolls are the most Ghetto and homophobic of all.

by Anonymousreply 101November 26, 2021 8:51 AM

You can hate Pete all you want, the rest of America find him the most favorable guy in the Biden cabinet.

SUCK IT you Hate Trolls.

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by Anonymousreply 102November 27, 2021 11:32 PM

Pete is sweet, but honestly.

by Anonymousreply 103November 28, 2021 2:46 PM

R102 Chasten, aren't those twins screaming to have their diapers changed?

by Anonymousreply 104November 28, 2021 4:00 PM

R104 I wouldn't know, I'm out shopping. The nanny takes care of that shit!

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