By Dan Clendenin
Mayor Pete (2021)
I thought this was a strange film, which is unfortunate given its subject matter. The production values were very simple, essentially just non-professional film footage of the Pete Buttigieg 2016 presidential campaign, with a few interviews thrown in, along with some more personal moments with Buttigieg’s husband Chasten. In addition, you don’t learn anything new about Buttigieg that’s not in his very readable book called Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future (2019). If you are new to the former Mayor of South Bend and current Secretary of Transportation, he has a great one-liner that he used on the campaign trail. He likes to say that “I’m your only choice for a Maltese, left-handed, openly gay, unapologetically Christian, Harvard and Oxford alumnus, Navy Reserve officer from 2009 to 2017 who was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months, who also speaks seven languages.” He deserves a better movie!
Dan Clendenin: firstname.lastname@example.org
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