December 6, 2022

Can Pete Buttigieg be America’s first gay president? Those who dismissed Barack Obama too soon as black man shocked by initial results

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to news media in the spin room after the Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta
South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to news media in the spin room after the Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta

Some people may need to come to reality that in the United States one’s sexual orientation, skin color, age or former profession, may have little to do with success, victory or popularity in elections and elsewhere.

With 62% of precincts counted in the Democratic Party caucuses in Iowa, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who had been dismissed as being unable to appeal to the broader American society as a gay man was leading.

The same people who first dismissed Barack Obama as a black man who could not appeal to the broader white American society seem to be in shock.

Back then, the idea of having a black man in the White House was abnormal inconceivable.

Fast forward in 2020, to some people, the idea of having a gay man as U.S. President and another gay man as First man was seen as a joke taken too far just months or weeks ago.

But, with the results in Iowa coming in, many people may have to come to reality that Americans, maybe, do not care about what people do in their bedrooms, and care more about what they believe they can do or how much they like them.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is seen as someone who is consistent and tells the truth, was second in the Iowa caucuses, with former Vice President Joe Biden in a surprising fourth place. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appearing to be in third place. 

The Huffington Post reported that the results were difficult to parse: “Only 62% of precincts have been counted, and it is impossible to discern whether they are representative of the full state. Sanders led by one metric (the final popular vote) while Buttigieg led by another (state delegate equivalents)”.

The initial results showed Buttigieg ahead in the state delegate equivalent (SDE) count at 363. Sanders was in second with 338 SDEs. Warren had 246 and Biden had 210, The New York Times reported.

However, the HuffPost added: “The popular vote shows Sanders in the lead with 28,220 supporters, ahead of Buttigieg with 27,030 supporters, Warren with 22,254 and Biden with 14,716”.

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