Buttigieg Enters The Marathon

Chasten Glezman (L) joins his husband South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on stage as they greet an overflow crowd at a rally where Buttigieg announced that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for president on April 14, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. Buttigieg has been drumming up support for his run during several recent campaign swings through Iowa, where he will be retuning to continue his campaign later this week. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — I’m going to take a wild guess that between the nice spring weather and a ton of meaningful sports on TV, most of you were not glued to the tube watching the presidential announcementspeech of Pete Buttigieg.

Me neither.

But by now you’ve probably heard a little bit about the personable Buttigieg, the Navy veteran and openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana who would be the youngest president ever elected.

And since many of you may readthe Associated Press reportof his announcement, let’s take a closer look at what it tells us about Buttigieg.

His lead argument seems to be that America needs “a new generation of leadership…. The forces of change in our country today are tectonic, forces that help to explain what made this current presidency even possible. That's why, this time, it's not just about winning an election — it's about winning an era."

I have no idea what any of that means.

A new generation of leadership sounds fine on paper, but we’ve seen in several recent presidencies how important competence and experience are, so I doubt just being young is going to cut it.

Buttigieg gave his speech yesterday at the old Studebaker plant in South Bend, a symbol of the collapse of manufacturing. Now it’s been remodeled into a Lowell-type tech center, and Buttigieg is claiming that’s the future.

But there’s still plenty of poverty in South Bend, and no one in Lowell claims their mission is accomplished either.

Mayor Pete will have to do better than that to be more than just a nice young guy who had his 15 minutes of fame.

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