A Special Announcement from Pete Buttigieg

A Special Announcement from Pete Buttigieg


>>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE
WELCOME REVEREND BRIAN GRANTZ. >>WEATHER PRAYERS DO NOT WORK.
GREETINGS SISTERS AND BROTHERS, GREETINGS SIBLINGS IN THE
BEAUTIFUL VAST ARRAY OF THE HUMAN FAMILY. GREETINGS TO YOU OF MANY FAITH
PREDICTIONS AND GREETINGS TO YOU THAT PROFESS NONE. WHETHER
PRAYER IS FOR YOU, AND AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE DIVINE
OR A RELEASE OF POSITIVE ENERGY AND INTENTION INTO THE UNIVERSE,
I ASK THAT YOU JOIN ME IN PRAYER TODAY, TO RECEIVE THE GIFT OF
THIS MOMENT. TO TURN OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS
EVER MORE TOWARDS WHAT IS GOOD, AND NOBLE AND JUST, AND TO BLESS
PETE ALONG WITH — AS THEY DISCERN — AS THEY DISCERN WITH EVERY
AMERICAN, A CALL TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF OUR EXTRAORDINARY
NATION. LET US PRAY. HERE MY CRYO- GOD LISTEN TO MY PRAYER,
TO THE END OF THE EARTH I CALL TO YOU, WHEN MY HEART IS FAINT,
LEAD ME TO THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I AM. OH, HOW WE
LONG FOR HIGHER GROUND, O GOD. FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, YES,
BUT ALSO, FOR A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. CLEARVIEW, NEW
VISION. CALL US HIGHER. CALL US HIGHER TO THAT PLACE
WHERE THE BOND OF OUR COMMON HUMANITY, ARE RECOGNIZED, AND
HONORED —
>>– LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE —
>>– LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF GOD. CALL US TO THAT PLACE WHERE THE
BOND OF OUR COMMON HUMANITY IS RECOGNIZED AND, HONORED AND
CELEBRATED ACROSS THE FULL SPECTRUM OF HUMAN BEING. CALL US
HIGHER. CALL US HIGHER TO THAT PLACE,
WHERE THE FOUNDATIONAL IDEALS OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, ARE
NOT PERCEIVED AS EXISTENTIAL THREATS. TO SOME THAT ARE
PRIVILEGED. CALL US TO THAT PLACE WHERE WE
FIND COURAGE TO LAY DOWN THE RIGHT OF THE
OPPRESSOR, WHEN WE FIND THAT WE OURSELVES, ARE HOLDING IT. CALL
US TO THAT PLACE WHERE REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS, ARE
SIGNS OF STRENGTH. CALL US HIGHER, CALL US HIGHER TO THAT PLACE
WHERE OUR MATURITY WILL BE JUDGED AS THE IRREPRESSIBLE
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU SAYS, BY HOW WELL WE AGREE TO DISAGREE,
AND, YET CONTINUE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. CONTINUE TO CARE FOR ONE
ANOTHER, AND, CHERISH ONE ANOTHER, AND SEEK THE GREATER
GOOD OF THE OTHER. CALL US HIGHER. CALL US HIGHER TO THAT
PLACE OF PEACE. OR, — BECAUSE, WHY NOT? CALL US HIGHER INTO HUMAN
DECENCY, CALL US HIGHER INTO THE DREAM OF GOD. INTO THE HEALING
EMBRACE OF A HIGHER POWER. INTO COSMIC CAPITAL G GOOD. ON THIS PALM SUNDAY AS WE
ARE REMINDED INTO THE MIND OF CHRIST, CALL US HIGHER. AND,
BLESS PETE BUTTIGIEG ON THE UPWARD JOURNEY. POUR OUT UPON PETE AND CHASTEN
WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, GRACE, AND MERCY, IN THE JOY OF
DISCOVERING, A BEAUTIFUL HUMANITY, A NEW IN EVERY FACE
THAT THEY MEET. CALL US HIGHER. AND, GIVE US COURAGE TO HEED THE
CALL FOR THE LIFE AND LOVE AND GOOD, OF OUR NATION. AND, OUR
WORLD. AMEN.>>PLEASE WELCOME FOR THE
PRESENTATION OF COLORS, MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH BEND HONOR GUARD. PLEASE WELCOME BISHOP EDDIE L
MILLER TO JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. >>IN A TIME OF GREAT DIVIDE
UNFORTUNATELY IN OUR COUNTRY GIVE ME GREAT HONOR TO LEAD US
IN A UNIFIED FASHION TO OUR PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE OF OUR
FLAG, CAN WE FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON OUR FLAG AS WE DO IT TOGETHER
IN A UNIFIED FASHION? THANK YOU SO MUCH. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO
THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR
WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH
LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, FOR ALL. THANK YOU.>>WELCOME TO THE STAGE JANET
NORIS, TO PERFORM THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. >>OH SAY CAN YOU SEE? BY THE
DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT — WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED, AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING. WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT
STARS, THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT, O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED,
WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING. AND THE ROCKETS RED GLARE — THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR —
GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT, THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. OH, SAY DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED
BANNER YET WAVE — O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE, AND
THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. — HOME OF THE BRAVE. — >>>PLEASE WELCOME FROM DAYTON
OHIO, MAYOR NAN WHALEY.>>THANK YOU. YOU ALL LOOK AMAZING. YOU ALL
LOOK AMAZING. MY NAME IS NAN WHALEY AND I AM THE MAYOR OF
DAYTON, OHIO. I AM EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT MY AMAZING FRIEND,
PETE BUTTIGIEG. THE FIRST TIME I HEARD ABOUT PETE WAS BACK IN
2010, I ACTUALLY GREW UP IN INDIANA, AND MY MOTHER CALLED ME
ONE DAY TO TALK ABOUT AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN, THAT WAS RUNNING FOR
STATE TREASURER, BUT DID NOT HAVE A PRAYER BECAUSE NO ONE
COULD PRONOUNCE HIS LAST NAME. TURNS OUT THAT SHE WAS RIGHT,
THAT TIME. BUT, NOW I THINK PEOPLE ARE FINALLY CATCHING ON.
EXACTLY. I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW PETE AND
CHASTEN THROUGH MUTUAL FRIENDS ENTER OUR WORK WITH THE U.S.
CONFERENCE OF MAYORS. AND I AM SO EXCITED THAT THE REST OF
AMERICA IS GOING TO KNOW HIM AS WELL. PETE AND I ARE BOTH MAYORS OF
HEARTLAND CITIES, THAT HAVE FACED BIG CHALLENGES OVER THE
PAST FEW DECADES. THE PAST LIVES LARGE IN PLACES LIKE
DAYTON AND SOUTH BEND WHERE MUCH OF OUR JOB AS MAYOR INVOLVES
SHEPHERDING OUR COMMUNITIES THROUGH A DIFFICULT TRANSITION.
CITIES LIKE OURS WERE LONGING FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WORKERS AND OPPORTUNITIES OUR CITIES BUILT THE BACKBONE OF THE
AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS THROUGH GOOD PAYING JOBS, THAT REQUIRED
LITTLE MORE THAN A SOLID WORK ETHIC AND A STRONG BODY.
IMMIGRANTS FROM ABROAD AND MIGRANTS FROM APPALACHIA, AND
THE JIM CROW SOUTH MADE OUR CITIES
THROUGH HOMES ENRICHING OUR COMMUNITY IN COUNTLESS WAYS. OUR
CITIES WERE ALSO HOME TO COMPANIES THAT EXCELLED ON THE
WORLD STAGE. CORPORATIONS LIKE NATIONAL CASH REGISTER IN
DAYTON, AND, STUDEBAKER IN SOUTH BEND.
THROUGH MUCH OF THE 20th CENTURY, OUR CITIES, LIKE MUCH
OF THE COUNTRIES OUR RAPID GROWTH IT — THROUGH GOOD WORK AND FACTORIES
ON LOCAL EXECUTIVES BECAME CIVIC LEADERS INVESTING IN THE
COMMUNITIES. BUT WE ALL KNOW WHERE THE STORY GOES FROM THERE. SINCE THE 1960S WE HAVE SEEN
GLOBALIZATION AND AUTOMATION, DECIMATING THE LOCAL ECONOMY.
FORCES FAR BEYOND THE CONTROL OF LOCAL WORKERS AND LEADERS,
CLOSING GOOD FACTORIES AND SETTING GOOD PAYING JOBS OUT OF
TOWN. OUR CITIES, BEGINNING TO HOLLOW OUT BECAUSE OF POLICY
CHOICES MADE FAR AWAY FROM SOUTH BEND OR DAYTON CITY HALL. IN
CITIES LIKE OURS, IT IS EASY TO FOCUS ON WHAT WAS, AND, WHAT WE
DO NOT HAVE, IT IS EASY TO BE HELD BACK BY OUR PAST, IT IS
EASY JUST TO SAY THAT WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. BUT, WE DO NOT HAVE TIME TO
FOCUS ON WHAT IS BEHIND US, OR, WHERE WE SHOULD PLACE THE BLAME,
FOR THE CURRENT SITUATIONS. INSTEAD, WE NEED TO DO THE REAL AND HARD
WORK OF FIGURING OUT WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. PETE AND I KNOW THAT
NO ONE ELSE IS GOING TO COME IN AND SAVE US. WE NEED TO CONFRONT
THESE CHALLENGES OURSELVES HEAD ON AND WITHOUT FLINCHING. WHICH IS WHY I AM SO PROUD TO
SUPPORT MY FRIEND PETE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA. PETE UNDERSTANDS THE CHALLENGES FACING
COMMUNITIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY CANNOT BE BOILED DOWN TO
JUST A SOUNDBITE OR A TALKING POINT. HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE
CHANGES THAT HAVE ALREADY SWEPT THROUGH SOUTH BEND AND DAYTON,
WILL EVENTUALLY IMPACT COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE ENTIRE
COUNTRY. TO BORROW A PHRASE FROM MY GOOD
FRIEND SENATOR SHARON BROWN, CITIES LIKE OURS IN THE ENTIRE
INDUSTRIAL MIDWEST, ARE THE CANARIES IN THE COAL MINE. OUR
COUNTRY MUST FOCUS ON HOW WE WILL ADAPT TO OUR CHANGING
ECONOMY AND ENSURE THAT WE PROTECT THE DIGNITY OF ALL
PEOPLE, DURING THE SEISMIC SHIFT. HERE IN SOUTH BEND, WE CAN SEE
THE PROGRESS THAT IS POSSIBLE, WHEN WE FOCUS NOT ON THE PAST,
BUT RATHER ON THE FUTURE. WE CAN SEE, WE CAN SEE, THE REAL
LEADERSHIP BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER AROUND A SHARED
POSITIVE VISION. NOT BY TEARING THEM DOWN OR DIVIDING THEM, THE VERY PLACE WE ARE STANDING
HELPS TO SYMBOLIZE THAT. WHEN PETE TOOK OFFICE THIS WAS
AN ABANDONED SHELL, NOW IT IS A TECH HUB ATTRACTING MAJOR
INVESTMENT INTO SOUTH BEND. PETE DID NOT MAKE EMPTY PROMISES TO
FILL THE SPACE WITH FACTORY JOBS THAT NO LONGER EXIST, INSTEAD, HE SAW THIS PIECE OF
SOUTH BEND HISTORY, AS A SYMBOL FOR ITS INNOVATIVE FUTURE. ONE
STRIVING TO BE MORE EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE THAN OUR PAST. THIS IS THE SORT OF WORK THAT IS
GOING ON IN THE INDUSTRIAL MIDWEST. WHILE WEALTH AND BIG
CORPORATIONS SETTLE INTO SMALLER NUMBERS OF PLACES ON THE COAST,
CITIES LIKE SOUTH BEND AND DAYTON ARE DEVELOPING NEW
ECONOMIES BUILT ON OUR OWN INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY. WE
ARE DOING THIS, NOT BY SOME — SHUTTING PEOPLE OUT BUT BY
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER DOING IT BY WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS, AND
REFUGEES AS PART OF OUR VITAL FUTURE. AND, WE ARE DOING THIS BY
WORKING TO LIFT UP RESIDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THE LONG
HAUL, AND HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN LEFT BEHIND. NOW, WHILE THE MEDIA AND MEMBERS
OF OUR OWN PARTY WRITE US OFF AS RED STATES, LEADERS LIKE PETE
AND, WORKING — ARE WORKING TO SHOW IT IS POSSIBLE WHEN WE
GOVERN ACCORDING TO OUR DEMOCRATIC AND PROGRESSIVE
VALUES. IN PETE WE HAVE SOMEONE THAT IS
BOTH PRACTICAL, ABOUT WHAT CAN BE DONE, AND, VISIONARY AND WHAT
HE BELIEVES CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN SOUTH BEND AND ACROSS THE
UNITED STATES. HE IS SOMEONE BOTH A GREAT
FRIEND TO ME, SOMEONE THAT IS A COMPASSIONATE LEADER FOR THE
EVERYDAY PEOPLE, THAT HAVE ELECTED HIM TO OFFICE, HE IS THE
SMARTEST PERSON THAT I KNOW, AND, HE IS DEEPLY COMMITTED, TO
SERVING OUR COUNTRY. FOLKS, IN SHORT, HE IS THE POLAR
OPPOSITE IN EVERY WAY, TO DONALD TRUMP. AMERICA IS AT A CROSSROADS, AND,
WHAT WE NEED NOW IS A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERSHIP, WHAT
WE NEED NOW IS PETE BUTTIGIEG.>>HEY, EVERYONE. THIS IS A LOT
OF PEOPLE. MY NAME IS GRETA, I SAW MOST OF YOU EARLIER IN LINE,
I AM PETE’S NATIONAL ORGANIZING DIRECTOR.>>MY NAME IS ALEC AND I AM ON
PETE’S EXPERIENCED TEAM.>>WE WANTED TO COME AND TALK TO
YOU TODAY BECAUSE WE NEED ALL OF YOU TO DO ONE THING RIGHT NOW.
LITERALLY RIGHT NOW, WE WANT YOU ALL TO TAKE OUT YOUR CELL PHONES
AND TEXT THE WORD PETE, PETE, TO 25859.
>>EVERYONE TAKE OUT YOUR PHONES
RIGHT NOW, YOU, TOO, GRETA, AND TEXT PETE, THAT IS PETE, TO 25859.
>>I JUST GOT THE TEXT BACK. I KNOW, FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE
ROOM THERE, THERE MIGHT BE A DELAY THERE ARE A LOT OF YOU. WE
KNOW THAT TEXTING IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY FOR US TO BE ABLE
TO REACH YOU LATER, WHETHER YOU ARE IN THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW OR
YOU ARE OUTSIDE, WHETHER YOU ARE WATCHING FROM HOME ON YOUR
COMPUTER OR, YOU’RE AT ONE OF OUR 400 WATCH PARTIES AROUND THE
COUNTRY HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, YES. WE NEED YOU TO TEXT THIS NUMBER
AND JOIN OUR TEXTING PROGRAM WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO LET YOU KNOW
WHEN PETE IS COMING TO YOUR TOWN, OR, LET YOU KNOW THAT WE
NEED TO VOLUNTEER. AND I PROMISE YOU THAT IF YOU TEXT TO OUR
NUMBER, WE WILL SEND YOU BEHIND THE SCENES CONTENT OF PETE AND
CHASTEN ON THE TRAIL. >>AND BUDDY AND TRUMAN AS WELL,
DO NOT WORRY. SO, ONCE AGAIN, TEXT PETE, TO 25859. TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS, YOUR
MOM, YOUR BEST FRIEND, BEST FRIENDS BEST FRIENDS, EVERYONE THAT YOU KNOW, THIS IS
HOW TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN AND THIS IS HOW WE
WIN THE ELECTION. >>WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE SO MUCH
MOMENTUM RIGHT NOW. RIGHT? YOU GUYS ALL FEEL IT, WE FEEL IT.
THIS IS A VERY EXCITING TIME TO BE ON , BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE
ARE NOT JUST GETTING ALL OF THIS MOMENTUM AND NOT DOING ANYTHING
WITH IT. WE NEED TO ORGANIZE. WE NEED TO TAKE ALL OF THE
EXCITEMENT AROUND PETE AND THIS HISTORIC CANDIDACY AROUND THE
CAMPAIGN AND, WE NEED TO TURN THAT INTO ACTION. THE BEST WAY
FOR YOU TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW IS TO SIGN UP FOR US TO TEXT YOU SO
THAT WE CAN LET YOU KNOW HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE
CAMPAIGN.>>ABSOLUTELY, THANK YOU ALL FOR
BEING HERE TODAY, THANK YOU FOR WATCHING FROM HOME ACROSS THE
COUNTRY AND WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL. >>>PLEASE WELCOME FROM WEST
SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA MAYOR>>>GREETINGS FROM THE WEST
COAST, WHERE, PETE BUTTIGIEG IS THE BREAKOUT STAR OF THE GOLDEN
STATE. I AM CRIS CABALDON I AM THE
MAYOR OF WEST SACRAMENTO WHICH IS ABOUT HALF OF THE SIZE OF
SOUTH BEND. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THE TOWNS IN THE SMALL
CITIES OF AMERICA, WE ARE THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, I AM HERE
TO TELL YOU THAT WE ARE HERE FOR A BIG CITY MAYOR LIKE PETE
BUTTIGIEG. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ARE YOU AWARE THAT WE ARE MAKING
HISTORY? FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE
FOUNDING OF OUR REPUBLIC, WE ARE HERE TODAY FOR AN
AMERICAN THAT IN MOST STATES, CAN BE LEGALLY FIRED FOR NO
REASON, OTHER THAN HOW HIS CREATOR MADE HIM, WHO IN MOST
STATES CAN BE EVICTED FROM HIS HOME. IN AMERICAN WHOSE
MARRIAGE, WAS STILL ILLEGAL IN 40 STATES UP UNTIL A COUPLE OF
YEARS AGO. 50 YEARS AFTER THE LAWS CRIMINALIZING THE MARRIAGE
OF MY FILIPINO FATHER TO MY MOTHER FROM A FAMILY OF
SLOVAKIAN COAL MINERS WAS MADE LEGAL. AN
AMERICAN HIS FEDERAL POLICY, SHOWED THOROUGHLY DEHUMANIZES
DOWN TO THE HUMAN LEVEL THAT, HE WOULD BE TURNED AWAY AT THE
BLOOD MOBILE, IS AS MAYOR HE NEEDED TO RUSH TO
THE SIGN OF A PULSE NIGHTCLUB STYLE MASSACRE IN HIS OWN
COMMUNITY, TO RESCUE THE PEOPLE THAT HE SWORE TO PROTECT. BUT
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR NATIONS HISTORY, THAT AMERICAN
IS ALSO A TOP-TIER, MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES. AND FAR FROM APANIC SWEEPING THE
NATION AMERICANS ARE FALLING ALONG AND IN LOVE WITH HIS
HUSBAND CHASTEN. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT? MAYBE THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY
OR EVEN SURPRISING THEMSELVES, AS THEY ARE SAYING ACROSS THE
LAND, PETE BUTTIGIEG IS THE MULTIS
AMERICAN LEFT-HANDED EPISCOPALIAN GAVE MILLENNIAL WAR
VETERAN THAT AMERICA DID NOT KNOW THAT WE NEEDED. THIS IS A HISTORIC MOMENT THAT
REVEALS HOW FAR OUR NATION HAS TO GO TO BE SURE, BUT ALSO
AMERICA NEVER RUNS OUT OF SURPRISES, LEAPS OF FAITH, OR, ANGELS, 15-YEAR-OLD ME COULD
ONLY THINK ABOUT NOT GETTING BEAT UP OR SHUNNED OR KILLED,
EVEN AS CHAIR OF AMERICA’S LGBT MAYORS I COULD NOT HAVE DREAMED
OF THIS DAY, FOUR MONTHS AGO. NOW, I AM HAS MOVED AND INSPIRED
BY MY COUNTRY, AND ITS DECISIVE EMBRACE OF TRAN — PETE
BUTTIGIEG. AS MY HUSBAND AND FRIENDS HUGGED
ME CLOSER WHEN I CAME OUT AS THE VOTERS OF WEST SACRAMENTO AND
SOUTH BEND REELECTED THEIR MARES WITH 70 OR 80% OF THE VOTE WHEN
THEY HEARD THEIR TRUTH. PETE BUTTIGIEG MET THIS PARADOX OF
AMERICA WITH UNWAVERING PATRIOTISM, FOR
AMERICA. FACED WITH LEGAL DISCRIMINATION AND STIGMA, HE
DEFIANTLY ASKED WHAT HE COULD DO FOR HIS COUNTRY. COMING HOME TO
HIS HOMETOWN TO SERVE, ENLISTING AND PUTTING HIS LIFE ON THE LINE
TO FIGHT FOR HIS COUNTRY AS A SOLDIER IN AFGHANISTAN. HE
DOUBLED DOWN. HE DOUBLED DOWN ON AMERICA’S PROMISE OF A MORE
PROFIT — PERFECT UNION IN THE FACE OF THE DEEPEST KIND OF
FEAR, HE TOLD A CITY, THE CITY, EXACTLY WHO HE IS. HIS INNERMOST
SECRET AND SOUTH BEND LOVED HIM EVEN MORE FOR HIS TRUST, AND,
TRUSTED HIM EVEN MORE FOR HIS LOVE. THAT PETE COULD DO THAT, RIGHT IN THE
MIDWEST, RIGHT AND SOUTH BEND, LIKE I HAVE DONE IN WEST
SACRAMENTO, WHY BEING A MAYOR AND TOMORROW’S AMERICA IS THE
KEY TO A PRESIDENCY THAT CAN HEAL AND LEAD AN EMBATTLED
NATION. WHEN YOU LIVE TOGETHER IN A COMMUNITY LIKE THIS ONE OR
LIKE DAYTON OR LIKE MINE, YOU SEE THE NEIGHBOR BEHIND THE
HEADSCARF. YOU SEE THE LITTLE LEAGUE SNACK BAR VOLUNTEER,
BEYOND HIS IMMIGRATION STATUS, YOU SEE YOUR DAUGHTER’S
KINDERGARTEN CLASS, BEST FRIEND, BEYOND YOUR POLITICAL
DISAGREEMENT WITH HER FATHER, IT IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE
OFFICER RUSHING TO YOUR AID. YOU ARE NOT PHASE THAT SHE IS LIVING
WITH A DIFFERENT PRONOUN. WASHINGTON POLITICIANS TALK
ABOUT MARES LIKE WE ARE A DIFFERENT SPECIES, AND YOU KNOW
WHAT, MAYBE THEY ARE RIGHT. MAYOR PETE SEES PEOPLE, FOR WHO
THEY ARE. FOR WHAT THEY ASPIRE TO ACHIEVE, NOT AS CATEGORIES
FOR THE FODDER OF BLOODTHIRSTY WINNER TAKE ALL POLITICAL
WARFARE. THAT IS WHY IT IS IN PLACES LIKE
MY CITY IN PLACES LIKE SOUTH BEND, WHERE REAL DEMOCRACY IS
FORGED, AND WHERE FREEDOM IS MADE REAL. BECAUSE IT IS HIS OWN
JOURNEY, PETE BUTTIGIEG UNDERSTANDS WHAT
IT IS LIKE TO BE LEFT BEHIND, FORGOTTEN, TO STREAMED,
DISPIRITED, HE’S IS HIS OWN JOURNEY RHYMING WITH THAT
TEENAGER LIVING HOMELESS ON THE STREET CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE
AFTER BEING KICKED OUT OF HIS HOME FOR BEING . A WOMAN
GETTING PAID $.70 ON THE DOLLAR BUT STILL PAYING 100% ON THE
DOLLAR FOR HER ROOF AND FOOD, THE COUPLE THAT DID EXACTLY WHAT
THEY WERE TOLD, PLAYED BY THE RULES AND ARE NOW CRUSHED UNDER
A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT, ONE TRAFFIC
TO GET AWAY FROM BEING HOMELESS THEMSELVES. FOR THE TRANSGENDER
SOLDIER EXPELLED BY ONE MAN’S HEAT FROM AN ARMY WHICH HAD
EMBRACED HER, AND WHICH DEPENDED ON HER FOR OUR NATION SECURITY,
FOR THE YOUNG WOMAN WINNING HER STRUGGLE. FOR THE YOUNG WOMAN WINNING HER
STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES EVERY DAY, BUT STILL
LIVING IN THE SHADOWS, WITH HER PARENTS FIGHTING A
LONELY BATTLE TO GET THEIR SON WITH AUTISM A FAIR CHANCE. OR,
FOR THE MUSLIM FIREFIGHTER RECOILING IN FEAR EVERY TIME
THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES INFLAMED HATE AND INCITES
VIOLENCE, TO THE LITTLE BOY THAT SEES A PRESIDENT CALLING
CHILDREN THAT LOOK JUST LIKE HIM, ANIMALS. PUTTING THEM IN
CAGES AND TAKING THEM AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS FOR EVER. TO THE
FATHER THAT LOST HIS JOB AT THE FACTORY THANKS TO HER ABOUT THAT
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THAT NO LONGER EVEN KNOW HOW HE FITS
INTO HIS COMMUNITY OR HIS OWN FAMILY. WHEN PETE BUTTIGIEG
TALKS ABOUT MAKING EVERYDAY LIVES BETTER, THAT IS WHO HE
MEANS. PETE BUTTIGIEG IS LIVING THE BEST, — PETE IS LIVING OUT TODAY THE
BEST VALUES OF HIS MILLENNIAL GENERATION, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
IN A WAY HE SEEMS LIKE THE GUY THAT THE BOOMERS AND US JEN X
WOULD HAVE SENT FORWARD IN A TIME MACHINE AS AN ARCHETYPE OF
THE BEST TYPE OF LEADER FROM OUR GENERATIONS AS WELL. SO, YES, YES, THIS IS A HISTORIC DAY, FOR
AMERICA’S OF EVERY STRIPE AND, FROM EVERY TOWN, FROM THE HOME
FRONT, PETE BUTTIGIEG HAS PROVEN HIMSELF A LEADER THAT MOBILIZES US TURNING CHALLENGE
INTO TRIUMPH, SO, TURNING MOMENTS INTO A MOVEMENT TODAY. I
AM READY TO ROLL UP MY SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK FOR MAYOR PETE,
ARE YOU? ALL RIGHT, LET’S GO MAKE SOME HISTORY. >>PLEASE WELCOME RENÉE
FERGUSON.>>OH MY GOODNESS IT IS SO
BEAUTIFUL TO SEE YOU. YOU ARE GORGEOUS. AND, YOU ARE THE PETE FOR AMERICA
TEAM, RIGHT? I AM IN THE RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT? I AM SO HAPPY TO
BE HERE, TO CELEBRATE THIS PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT DAY, IN THE
HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. MY NAME IS RENÉE FERGUSON, I AM RETIRED.
NOW. BUT, FOR 40 YEARS I WORKED AS A
JOURNALIST FOR CBS NEWS AND FOR NBC NETWORK NEWS, AND, LOCAL
NEWS IN CHICAGO. MY LATE HUSBAND, STARTED A PUBLICATION
CALLED TARGET MARKET NEWS, THAT DID SOME OF THE BEST AND VERY
FIRST RESEARCH ON THE CONSUMER HABITS, OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS.
SO, WE BOTH WERE PIONEERS, IN OUR LIVES. AND, OUR SON JASON
IS HERE, WITH US TODAY. JASON, WHERE ARE YOU? HE TOLD ME
HE DID NOT WANT ME TO CALL HIM OUT, BUT, HE IS THE FOUNDER, AND
I AM SO PROUD I CANNOT HELP IT, HE IS THE FOUNDER OF AN
INTERNATIONAL COMPANY THAT COMBINES THE WORK THAT IS — HIS
MOTHER AND FATHER DID, AND, HE HAS BEEN FEATURED IN BLACK
ENTERPRISE AND, FORBES, AND, SO, ANYWAY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, YES, YES, IT IS. I KNOW. HE CAME
TO SEE ME. [ LAUGHTER ] WE ADOPTED PETE, OUR OTHER SON
ABOUT 18 YEARS AGO. SO, I WANTED TO WIN AN AWARD FOR THE KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT
FROM HARVARD AND AFTER THE CEREMONY ONE OF PETE’S
PROFESSORS APPROACHED ME TO TELL ME ABOUT THE TERRIFIC YOUNG MAN.
AND HE SAID, THAT HE NEEDED TO LEARN HOW THE AMERICAN MEDIA
WORKED, REALLY. AND, HE ASKED ME TO TAKE PETE UNDER MY WING. SO,
HE APPLIED FOR AN INTERNSHIP AND OF COURSE, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS
NOT A JOURNALISM MAJOR, SOMEHOW, HE GOT INTO THE NBC INTERNSHIP
PROGRAM. AND, THAT SUMMER, PETE SHOWED UP AT WORK, HIS BAGS WERE
PACKED, AND HE WAS READY TO GO. AND I SAID SO, THIS IS GOOD YOU
FOUND A PLACE TO STAY? YOU KNOW, HE WENT TO HARVARD RIGHT, I
FIGURED THAT THE KID HAD HIS EYES CROSSED AND HIS TEETH,
WELL, IT TURNED OUT, THAT HE DID NOT HAVE A PLACE TO STAY. SO
GUESS WHAT? [ LAUGHTER ] HE ENDED UP STAYING IN OUR GUEST
BEDROOM, FOR THE SUMMER. PETE WAS EASY TO ADOPT. HIS FOLKS HAD
ALREADY RAISED IN A MAGNIFICENT YOUNG MAN. HE MADE UP HIS BED IN THE
MORNING, [ LAUGHTER ] HE HELPED RUN THE HOUSE HE TOOK OUT THE
TRASH, HE EVEN WALKED OUR DOG. AND, SHE BIT HIM WHEN HE FIRST
TRIED TO PET HER. BUT, SHE CAME TO LOVE HIM. AND ON TOP OF THAT,
HE WAS A GREAT INTERN. NOW, HE ASKED SOME REALLY TOUGH
QUESTIONS ABOUT FACT BASED REPORTING. TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT RESEARCH
TECHNIQUES, ABOUT CONFIRMING INFORMATION THROUGH SOURCING. AND ABOUT HOW TO APPROACH
PEOPLE, THAT HAD UNDERGONE TRAGEDY, AT THE VERY WORST TIMES
IN THEIR LIVES, HOW I WAS ABLE TO ASK THEM, TO SHARE THAT
TRAGEDY WITH ME IN FRONT OF LIGHTS AND CAMERAS. HE ASKED ME
HOW I COPE WITH HOW I WAS SEEING AND WHAT I WAS HEARING AND HOW I
MANAGED THE CONSTANT DEADLINE PRESSURE WITH COLLEGIALITY AND
HAD — SUCH A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT. I WATCHED HIM
WATCHING US AND I CAME TO UNDERSTAND HOW TRULY SPECIAL
THAT PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS. WHEN THE INTERNSHIP WAS OVER I COULD
NOT SAY GOODBYE. MY HUSBAND COULD NOT SAY GOODBYE. OUR SON
JASON SAID, HE CAN GET OUT. [ LAUGHTER ] HE WAS A LITTLE BIT
JEALOUS. [ LAUGHTER ] BEING AN ONLY CHILD. BUT IN THE SPACE OF
A FEW MONTHS, WE HAD COME TO LOVE EACH OTHER LIKE FAMILY.
AND, AS JOYOUS AS THIS MOMENT IS, I CANNOT HELP BUT THINK, OF
THE ONE MAJOR PROBLEM THAT I AM ALREADY HAVING TO FACE. HOW DO
YOU GET THE NAME PETE BUTTIGIEG TO BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN
AMERICA? I HAVE HEARD IT MISPRONOUNCED,
SO MANY TIMES, BY MY COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDIA BUT EVEN I, AND I
LOVE HIM, SOMETIMES I JUST WANT TO THROW THINGS AT THE TV. BUT
THEN THERE IS A SMALL RAY OF HOPE, BECAUSE, I REMEMBER,
DISCUSSING THE VERY SAME KIND OF PROBLEM, WITH ANOTHER YOUNG UP-AND-COMING
POLITICIAN, THAT LIVED ON MY VERY STREET IN CHICAGO. I REMEMBER HE CAME TO LUNCH AT
NBC AND HE TOLD ME HE WAS THINKING OF RUNNING FOR THE
UNITED STATES SENATE. AND HE ASKED ME WHAT I THOUGHT. AND, HE
ASKED ME TO BE BRUTALLY HONEST. AND SO I TOLD HIM THE TRUTH. I
TOLD HIM, I HONESTLY DID NOT THINK THAT WHITE FOLKS IN
DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS, WHATEVER VOTE FOR A BLACK GUY WITH A
FOREIGN SOUNDING NAME LIKE GOLDBACH — BARACK OBAMA. I
CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I TOLD HIM THAT NOW. [ LAUGHTER ] I WILL BE
NOT MAKING THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. BARACK OBAMA TAUGHT ME A FEW
THINGS, AS HE TAUGHT THE NATION. SO NOW I UNDERSTAND. THAT WE THE
PEOPLE, WE CAN PRONOUNCE ANY NAME. IF IT BELONGS TO A PERSON
THAT BELONGS TO US. WE CAN PRONOUNCE ANY NAME. WE CAN, WE CAN PRONOUNCE ANY
NAME, IF IT IS THE NAME OF A PERSON WHO HAS REALLY GOT A
HEART, AND, WHO IS WILLING TO SHARE THAT ART, WITH THE REST OF
US. WE CAN PRONOUNCE THE NAME OF THE PERSON THAT IS THE REAL
DEAL, WE CAN PRONOUNCE PETE BUTTIGIEG BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT
AMERICA CAN MOVE FORWARD. WE NEED TO HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT
SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER BUT, WHO KNOWS HOW TO USE LANGUAGE THAT
LIFTS US ALL UP. WE NEED TO HAVE A PRESIDENT,
THAT KNOWS HOW TO FINISH WHAT HE STARTS. WE NEED TO HAVE A
PRESIDENT, WHO KNOWS HOW TO GET WORK DONE. AND, WE KNOW THAT
PETE IS RELENTLESS, ABOUT GETTING STUFF DONE ON BEHALF OF
THE PEOPLE. HE GETS RESULTS AND WE HAVE SEEN
THAT HE GETS RESULTS THAT PROVIDE LOW AND MODERATE INCOME
PEOPLE WITH HOUSING, THAT THEY CAN AFFORD. AND, RESULTS THAT
MAKE SURE THAT OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE PROPERLY
CARED FOR. WE NEED TO HAVE RESULTS I GIVE EVERY CHILD AN
EQUAL SHOT, AND AN EDUCATION, WE NEED TO HAVE RESULTS, THAT KEEP
GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE MENTALLY ILL, WE NEED TO HAVE
RESULTS THAT MAKE OUR URBAN STREETS, SAFE. AND, RESULTS THAT ENGENDER
CONFIDENCE IN THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR IN THE GROWTH OF OUR
ECONOMY. RESULTS THAT OFFER REWARD INCENTIVES, AND REAL
INDUSTRIAL INTIMATION INCENTIVES. RESULTS THAT PUT
MUSIC AND ART BACKING SCHOOLS. — BACK IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE NEED
RESULTS THAT COME FROM THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING. AND,
CIVILITY. AND, THE APPRECIATION, OF LANGUAGE IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE. WE NEED TO HAVE RESULTS, THAT
PUT AN END TO THE ACCEPTANCE OF BIGOTRY AND HATRED. AS OKAY,
THEY ARE NOT OKAY, THEY ARE NOT OKAY. FINALLY, I WANT TO CLOSE BY
REMINDING EVERYONE, THAT THE RIGHT TO LOVE, IS THE ULTIMATE
HUMAN RIGHT. THE RIGHT TO MARRY WHO YOU LOVE
IS THE ESSENCE OF FREEDOM. AND I AM SO PROUD OF PETE BUTTIGIEG
AND CHESTON FOR THEIR ADVOCACY, FOR
THEIR COURAGE AND DETERMINATION TO LIVE, AND LOVE OPENLY AND
FEARLESSLY, THEY ARE A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR
ALL OF THE KIDS, WHO DO NOT FIT IN OR FOR THE KIDS THAT ARE
OUTSIDERS, AND ARE DIFFERENT, THOSE KIDS THAT LOOK UP TO MAYOR
PETE AND CHASTEN AND PEW PROGRESSIVES LIKE US AND THEY
SAY, IF YOU ARE IN AMERICA IT IS OKAY. IT IS OKAY, FOR ALL OF THE BOYS
AND GIRLS THAT ARE BULLIED, BECAUSE THEY LOOK DIFFERENT, OR
SOUND DIFFERENT, OR HAVE DARK SKIN OR KINKY HAIR, MAYOR PETE
AND CHASTEN AND THE PROGRESSIVES THAT THEY LEAD ARE HERE TO SAY
THAT THAT IS NOT RIGHT. BECAUSE, BEING DIFFERENT, BEING
DIFFERENT IN AMERICA, IS ABSOLUTELY OKAY. FOR ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN
THAT ARE FIGHTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON THE JOB, MAYOR
PETE AND CHASTEN AND THOSE OF US THAT BELIEVE IN AMERICA’S
PROMISE OF EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS, WE ARE HERE TO SAY,
YOU SPEAK UP, YOU SPEAK OUT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE
WORKPLACE IS NOT OKAY. WE HAD A FIGHT ON OUR HANDS AND
I KNOW THAT BUT WE ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE AMERICA INTO A PLACE,
WHERE IF YOU REFUSED TO PUT UP WITH BIGOTRY AND SMALL MINDED
THINKING, YOU WILL BE OKAY. AND I ASSUME, THAT YOU ARE HERE,
BECAUSE YOU ARE READY TO MAKE PETE FOR AMERICA, HAPPEN. LET ME HEAR YOU SAY IT. PETE,
PETE, PETE, PETE, PETE, PETE, — THANK YOU. PETE FOR AMERICA, NOW, NOT IN 10
YEARS, BUT, NOW. AMERICA NEEDS HIM, NOW, HIS TIME IS NOW, OUR
TIME IS NOW, NOT TOMORROW, WE CANNOT AFFORD THAT. WE CANNOT
WAIT ANY LONGER, ONE MORE TIME? LET’S HEAR IT, — SO I KNOW THAT WE HAVE WORK TO
DO BUT LET’S GET TO WORK. AND, LET’S PULL TOGETHER. AND, LET’S
NOT LET ANYTHING OR, ANYBODY, DIVIDE OR TEAR US APART. NOW, I
AM OLD, I AM 70, BUT, YOU ALL ARE YOUNG, SO, WITH YOUR GENERATIONS
ENERGY, AND, MY GENERATIONS EXPERIENCE, WE MOVE THIS COUNTRY
FORWARD. AND, PETE, I AM SO PROUD TO BE
YOUR OTHER MOTHER. [ LAUGHTER ] AND, YOU HAVE TWO ANGELS. JOE,
MY HUSBAND KEN, LISTEN TO WHAT THEY TELL YOU. THEY WERE POWERFUL IN LIFE, BUT
NOW, THEY ARE REALLY TRULY POWERFUL, AND, THEY HAVE YOUR
BACK. YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE CALL IT
INTUITION, BUT BY YOU ARE — BY THE TIME YOU ARE MY VOICE
YOU KNOW IT IS GOD’S VOICE SPEAKING TO YOUR HEART YOU NEED
TO LISTEN AND ACT ACCORDINGLY I HAVE SEEN HIM DO IT I HAVE SEEN
HIM DO THIS. SO, THINGS FALL IN PLACE WHEN YOU DO THAT. THEY
WORK OUT. THE WAY THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO, WHEN YOU LET GOD LEAD. AND,
EVERY NIGHT, AND EVERY DAY, I WILL PRAY GOD’S BLESSINGS UPON
PETE AND CHASTEN AND UPON THE COUNTRY THAT WE LOVE BECAUSE WE
NEED YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND, WE NEED IT NOW. NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW,
NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, — THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE
YOU. >>WE WILL DO A LITTLE CHANT.
READY? BUTTIGIEG BUTTIGIEG BUTTIGIEG
BUTTIGIEG BUTTIGIEG BUTTIGIEG BUTTIGIEG BUTTIGIEG
BUTTIGIEG >>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE
WHILE, JULIE CHISMAR >>IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE
WITH YOU, TODAY AND A PRIVILEGE TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL OF MY
STORIES ABOUT MY FORMER STUDENT AND FRIEND, PETE BUTTIGIEG . 19 YEARS AGO, OUR HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE TEAM JUST COMPETED AT
THE NATIONAL COMPETITION IN WASHINGTON DC. ONE OF THE NEW
YORK FED ORGANIZERS IMMEDIATELY APPROACHED ME WITH THIS
QUESTION. WHO WAS THAT? I RESPONDED SIMPLY, PETE BUTTIGIEG
, REMEMBER THAT NAME. EVEN NOW, AS IT WAS THEN, IT IS
EASY TO BE DAZZLED BY PETER, SMART, FULL OF VISION,
CONTAGIOUS ENERGY, AUTHENTIC, SO ACCOMPLISHED, AND,
APPROACHABLE. I RECALL BEING IN INDIANAPOLIS AT THE 2010
DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION, I REMEMBER THINKING AS I WATCHED
HIM WITH HIS CAMPAIGN TEAM, THIS IS LIKE WATCHING THE WEST WING. I KNEW THEN I WAS WITNESSING THE
FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. BUT, WHAT IS IT ABOUT PETER? ONE DECADE OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL
WHEN HE WORKED IN CHICAGO, PETER WAS INVITED TO BE THE GUEST
SPEAKER, AT THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY. HE
TOLD THE STUDENTS THAT NIGHT, EVERYBODY, EVERY DAY, GO UP TO SOMEBODY THAT YOU
ORDINARILY WILL NOT APPROACH, INTRODUCE YOURSELF, AND, YOU
WILL LEARN SO MUCH FROM THAT PERSON. MAKE IT A HABIT, HE
STRESSED, AND I REPEATED THIS ADVICE, OFTEN, TO EVERY CLASS
THAT I TAUGHT AFTER THAT. I THINK BACK ON THE NIGHT BEFORE
THE 2011 PRIMARY, THE CAMPAIGN STAFF HAD ASSIGNED ME, ME OF ALL
PEOPLE, TO KEEP PETER OCCUPIED. HE HAD DONE ALL THAT HE COULD DO
AT HEADQUARTERS, SO THEY SENT ME OUT WITH HIM TO KNOCK ON DOORS.
AS WE WALKED THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HE TOLD ME THAT
THERE IS SO MUCH TO LEARN, FROM EACH PERSON THAT HE MEETS. AS WE CANVASSED, I FOUND MYSELF
TALKING TO A VOTER THAT WAS VERY, DEFINITELY, SUPPORTING AND
OPPOSING. SHE HAD TOUGH QUESTIONS AND I SAID, TALK WITH
PETER, HE IS RIGHT BEHIND ME. I INTRODUCED PETER, STEPPED ASIDE,
ALLOWED THEM TO TALK, 10 MINUTES LATER, THE CONNECTION WAS OBVIOUS. AND,
PETER HAD HER VOTE. WHY? WHY? BECAUSE, HE LISTENS SO INTENTLY
TO WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY. AND, HE HONESTLY ANSWERED EACH OF HER
QUESTIONS. LATER, AS WE KNOCKED ON DOORS ON
DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE STREET, I TURNED AROUND AND PETER WAS
GONE. IT WAS A FEW MOMENTS BEFORE REAL WORRY BEGAN TO SET
IN, HAD I LOST HIM? PANIC FLOODED OVER ME, AS I
IMAGINED CALLING HEADQUARTERS, AND SAYING, I LOST THE
CANDIDATE. AT LAST, I FOUND HIM, PETER HAD
BEEN INVITED INTO A HOME AND WAS DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST. SITTING
DOWN, IN GENUINE CONVERSATION, AND, LISTENING. BUT, PETER IS
MORE THAN A SOUNDING BOARD. YOU HAVE NO DOUBT HEARD OF HIS
ACADEMIC RECORD, HIS BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HIS MILITARY
EXPERIENCE, AND, HIS AVID LEADERSHIP, LEARNING NORWEGIAN
SO THAT HE COULD READ HIS FAVORITE AUTHOR IN HIS FAVORITE
TONGUE, WHO DOES THAT? THAT INSATIABLE CURIOSITY, HAS
ALWAYS LED PETE TO NOT ONLY LEARN, BUT, PUT THAT TO WORK. IN
2011 HE WAS READY TO OFFER HIS VISION, OF A NEW SOUTH BEND. I REMEMBER
BEING AMAZED AT HOW HE WAS ABLE TO TAKE WHAT HE HAD LEARNED,
ABOUT THE WORLD, ABOUT THE PAST, ABOUT THE PRESENT, AND, BRING IT
HERE TO HIS HOMETOWN. OLDER VOTERS WERE READY TO TURN
THE LEADERSHIP OF SOUTH BEND OVER TO A YOUNG MAYOR. WE WERE
NOT LOOKING BACK, BUT, LOOKING FORWARD. HOW LUCKY WE ALL FEEL
THAT EIGHT YEARS AGO, PETE CAME BACK HOME TO SOUTH BEND. TODAY, MANY VOTERS MY AGE, ARE
READY TO PASS THE MANTLE TO A NEW GENERATION OF VIBRANT AND
INNOVATIVE ENERGETIC LEADERS. WE WANT OUR LEADERS THAT WILL
PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY, THAT WILL PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR
CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN, THAT WILL LISTEN TO EVERYONE,
EVEN THOSE THAT MIGHT DISAGREE. THAT WILL GIVE AN HONEST ANSWER,
TO EVERY QUESTION. AMERICA, IS THIRSTY FOR SUCH A LEADER. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW LUCKY WE
WILL FEEL, EIGHT YEARS FROM NOW, IF HIS NAME IS PETE BUTTIGIEG.>>PLEASE WELCOME FROM AUSTIN,
TEXAS, MAYOR STEVE ADLER.>>I WANT TO TELL YOU YOU ARE
GETTING CLOSE NOW. BEFORE WE START I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A
SECOND SO THAT WE THINK ABOUT, WE SEND SOME PRAYERS AND SOME
GOOD THOUGHTS, TO THE FOLKS IN THE SOUTH, SEVERAL STATES, HAVE
BEEN HIT WITH TORNADOES, MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, SOME PEOPLE HAVE
DIED IN FRANKLIN. SEND THEM, FAMILIES, OUR THOUGHTS, THINK
ABOUT THE FIRST RESPONDERS, THAT ARE TRYING TO KEEP EVERYBODY
ELSE SAFE, AND, THE LOCAL OFFICIALS, THAT
ARE AT THE END OF THE DAY CALLED UPON TO TRY TO KEEP THE
COMMUNITY TOGETHER. YOU KNOW, TODAY, WITH THE WORLD, ARRIVING
IN SOUTH BEND. IT IS MY HONOR, TO INTRODUCE MY
FRIEND, MY COLLEAGUE, AS THE MAYOR, AND, MY MENTOR. IN A DAY WHEN GOVERNMENT IS SO
DYSFUNCTIONAL AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, SO POLARIZED, IN TOO MANY
STATES, LIKE MY OWN STATE OF TEXAS. IT IS LOCAL GOVERNMENT,
WHERE GOVERNMENT WORKS THE BEST. YOU KNOW, CITIES NEED TO WORK. WHEN WE FLIP THE SWITCH, THE
POWER NEEDS TO COME ON. WHEN WE TURN THE FAUCET, CLEAN WATER
NEEDS TO COME OUT OF OUR SPIGOTS. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS MUST BE
TRAINED AND PREPARED TO PROTECT US, POTHOLES ARE NEITHER
REPUBLICAN NOR DEMOCRAT. THEY JUST NEED TO BE FILLED. OUR HEALTH, AVOIDING HUNGER, OUR
LIBRARIES, OUR PARKS, ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS HAVING HOMES, AND,
THEIR IMPACT ON OUR LIVES, ARE NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. PARTISAN
POLITICS, BROKEN IN DC. POLITICS IN THE CITIES, IS THE
POLITICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE. IN CITIES, IN CITIES. POLITICAL ISSUES ARE
NOT ABSTRACT IDEAS, IT IS THE STUFF THAT HITS HOME.
IT IS THE THING THAT HAS REAL IMPACT ON PEOPLE’S LIVES. THAT
IS WHY IN CITIES, LEADERSHIP MATTERS, AT THE LOCAL LEVEL PEOPLE EXPECT
THEIR GOVERNMENT, AND THEIR MAYORS, TO WORK TO GET THINGS
DONE. I MEAN, CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE,
THE THOUGHT THAT SOMEONE WOULD THREATEN, MUCH LESS ACTUALLY
CLOSED DOWN CITY GOVERNMENT? NO. NO, AND, THERE ARE REASONS WHY
CITIES, RUN WELL OR THE COUNTRIES
ECONOMIC ENGINE, AND, OUR INCUBATORS OF INNOVATION, CITIES
ARE THE EVERY DAY WORK, OF AMERICA’S MAYORS. SO, WHEN I WAS ELECTED THE MAYOR
OF AUSTIN TEXAS, ONE OF THE LARGEST, I WILL TAKE YOUR CHAIR,
THANK YOU. — CHEER, THANK YOU. ONE OF THE LARGEST
AND FASTEST GROWING CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES ABOUT FIVE
YEARS AGO. I WANTED TO DO EVERYTHING THAT I COULD, TO DO
THAT JOB, THE BEST THAT I COULD POSSIBLY GET IT DONE. MY
PREDECESSORS TOLD ME, TO LEARN FROM THE BEST. SO, WHEN I JOINED
WITH THE 600 OR 700 OR SO MAYORS, OF THE UNITED STATES
CONFERENCE OF MAYORS, I WAS LOOKING AROUND, TO FIND THE
BEST. THE SMARTEST, THE MOST
INNOVATIVE, THE MOST EFFECTIVE, THE MOST TRUSTED, AND POPULAR IN
THEIR COMMUNITIES, WITH THE STRONGEST MORAL COMPASS, THE
MOST EMPATHETIC, THE BEST COMMUNICATORS, THE STRONGEST
LEADERS. NOW, U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
IS A BIPARTISAN ORGANIZATION ADDED HAS THE BEST VOCAL
LEADERSHIP THAT AMERICA HAS TO OFFER. AND, THERE ARE MANY
WONDERFUL MAYORS, AROUND THE COUNTRY. BUT, THE PERSON THAT I
CHOSE AS MY MENTOR, THE PERSON THAT STOOD OUT AMONG ALL OF THE
MAYORS, FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY? SOMEONE THAT I CHOSE TO EMULATE.
AND, LEARN FROM, WAS KNOWN TO THE MAYORS, SIMPLY AS MAYOR
PETE. — NOW, THE IRONY WAS NOT LOST ON
ME. THAT I WAS LOOKING UP TO SOMEONE, THAT WAS SHORTER THAN I
WAS. THAT WAS YOUNGER THAN ME. A MAYOR OF A SMALLER CITY THAN
MINE, AND, FROM A DIFFERENT PART OF THE COUNTRY, MAYOR, WHOSE
COMMUNITY HAS CHALLENGES DIFFERENT FROM MINE. BUT, I WAS
LOOKING FOR AND I FOUND IN MAYOR PETE, A TRUE EXECUTIVE. A MAYOR WHOSE SKILLS AND TALENTS
TRANSCENDED ALL OF THAT. MAYOR PETE IS A MAYORS MAYOR, HE IS A
MAYOR, AMONG MAYORS. I AM STANDING HERE TODAY, WITH
OTHER MAYORS BECAUSE WE KNOW SOMETHING, THAT THIS COUNTRY
NEEDS TO KNOW. AND, WE ARE IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO KNOW THAT. WE
CAN ANSWER THE QUESTION, THAT MANY IN AMERICA ARE ASKING. YES
AMERICA. MAYOR PETE IS REALLY THAT SPECIAL. — LET ME ASK YOU THIS QUESTION,
WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT, WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT, IF WE HAD A
PRESIDENT, WHO WAS REALLY SMART? I MEAN, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY,
REALLY SMART? SOMEBODY THAT SPOKE MULTIPLE LANGUAGES? INCLUDING HAVING A BEAUTIFUL
COMMAND OF ENGLISH? WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT? IF WE HAD A PRESIDENT THAT KNOWS
THAT FREEDOM IS SACRED, AND, SOMETIMES FREEDOM, TOO, LIKE,
FREEDOM TO BE WHO YOU ARE, AND, TO LOVE WHO YOU WANT, IS AS
IMPORTANT, IS AS AS IMPORTANT AS FREEDOM FROM SOMEONE THAT YOU
FEAR? WHO HELPS US UNDERSTAND AND GROW
FROM WHAT WE FEAR, INSTEAD OF WEAPON ARISING FEAR FOR
POLITICAL GAIN? WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE HAD A
PRESIDENT THAT WAS GENUINELY HUMBLE? THAT KNOWS GOOD POLICY CANNOT BE
UNCOUPLED FROM FACT AND SCIENCE? THAT STANDS FOR DEMOCRACY AND
KNOWS THAT OUR COUNTRY’S MARCH TOWARD PROGRESS, HAPPENS WHEN WE
INCREASE ACCESS TO THE BALLOT, AND, THAT A WEALTH INEQUALITY,
THREATENS THE VERY DEMOCRACY? WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE HAD A
PRESIDENT, THAT LISTENS? AND, ACTUALLY ANSWERS QUESTIONS? AND,
IN HIS ANSWERS, TEACHES US SOMETHING ABOUT NUANCE? SOMEBODY THAT WE WOULD WANT OUR
CHILDREN TO EMULATE, A PERSON THAT RALLIES OUR SOULS? WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT? IF WE HAD A PRESIDENT THAT WAS
OF A GENERATION, THAT WILL ACTUALLY LIVE WITH THE
CONSEQUENCES OF THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE TODAY? WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT, IF WE HAD
A PRESIDENT THAT WAS REALLY SMART? DID I ALREADY SAY THAT? AND, WE KNOW IT NOT BECAUSE HE
SAYS THAT HE IS SMART? BUT, BECAUSE WE HEAR WHAT HE SAYS,
AND WE SEE HOW HE ACTS. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE HAD A
PRESIDENT, THAT FOUGHT AND STOOD FOR OUR SECURITY? AS A
LIEUTENANT, AND INTELLIGENCE IN AFGHANISTAN?
SOMEONE THAT UNDERSTOOD THAT SECURITY MEANT, MORE THINGS. THAT THERE WERE
OTHER SECURITIES LIKE ECONOMIC SECURITY, AND, CLIMATE SECURITY,
AND, CYBER SECURITY, WHAT IF WE HAD, A PRESIDENT, THAT WAS A NEW
KIND OF MESSENGER, THAT SPEAKS TO OUR IDEALS AND OUR VALUES AS
AMERICANS. SOMEONE NOT LIMITED BY LITTMAN’S
TESTS, AND, SOMEONE THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SLOT ON A
SPECTRUM. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT? IF WE HAD A PRESIDENT, WHO HOLDS
HIS FAITH, IN HIS HEART, NOSE, KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE THAT IT
PLAYS IN HIS LIFE, BUT, DOES NOT USE THAT AS A
CYNICAL TOOL, TO ACHIEVE POWER? AND, WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT, IF WE
HAD A PRESIDENT THAT WAS THOUGHTFUL, RATIONAL,
INTELLIGENT, DELIBERATE, WHO SIMPLY TOLD US, THE TRUTH? WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE HAD A
PRESIDENT, LIKE PETE? LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM PROUD TO INTRODUCE, SOMEONE THAT I KNOW AS A MAYOR,
AND A MAN, THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG.>>THANK YOU. — THANK YOU. — HELLO, SOUTH BEND. — IT MEANS SO MUCH TO BE HERE WITH
ALL OF YOU TODAY. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT
WAS PART OF THAT PROGRAM, FATHER BRIAN FOR YOUR GUIDANCE AND
PRAYERS, FOR NOT BEING PHASED BY DIVINE INTERVENTION. BISHOP
MILLER FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL AND CIVIC LEADERSHIP, JANET NORIS
FOR YOUR AMAZING PERFORMANCE. I WANT TO THANK OUR FIRE
DEPARTMENT HONOR GUARD AND THANK ALL OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS FOR
EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO TO KEEP US SAFE. THANK YOU RENÉE
FERGUSON FOR YOUR MENTORSHIP AND YOUR PASSION FOR JUSTICE. AND, JULIE CHISMAR EVERYONE SHOULD
HAVE AT LEAST ONE PERSON IN THEIR LIFE THAT BELIEVES IN THEM
AS MUCH AS YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR STUDENTS. TO MY FELLOW MAYORS,
MAYOR CRIS CABALDON, NAN WHALEY, STEVE ADLER, LEADERS AND
COMMUNITIES OF MAYORS AS WELL AS IN THEIR OWN CITIES AND ALL OF
THE CURRENT AND FORMER MAYORS HERE TODAY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR
SERVICE AT A TIME WHEN LOCAL LEADERSHIP HAS NEVER MATTERED
MORE. AND I WANT TO ASK EVERYONE HERE,
TO HELP THINK MY UNBELIEVABLY TALENTED STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS,
EACH DOING THE WORK OF 10 PEOPLE, LIVING OUT THE VALUES OF
THIS PROJECT AND MAKING IT ALL POSSIBLE, THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO MY MOTHER, THAT IS
HERE PHYSICALLY, AND MY FATHER THAT IF YOU’RE IN MORE WAYS THAN
HE COULD HAVE IMAGINED. AND, TO CHASTEN, MY LOVE. I AM PRETTY FOND OF HIM, TOO.
FOR GIVING ME THE STRENGTH TO DO THIS ON THE GROUNDING TO BE
MYSELF AS WE GO. FOR EVERYONE FROM AROUND SOUTH
BEND JOINING US TODAY, THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE CHANCE, TO BE
MAYOR PETE. AND, FOR EVERYONE THAT CAME FROM
FAR AND WIDE, WELCOME TO SOUTH BEND. IT IS A SOURCE OF DEEP PLEASURE,
TO BE ABLE TO SHARE OUR HOMETOWN WITH YOU. I AM GLAD YOU CAN SEE
IT FOR YOURSELF. BECAUSE, THE CITY’S STORY IS SUCH A BIG PART
OF WHY I AM DOING THIS. I GREW UP IN SOUTH BEND IN THE SAME
NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE CHASTEN AND I LIVE TODAY WITH OUR TWO DOGS,
BUDDY AND TRUMAN. MY FATHER IMMIGRATED TO THIS
COUNTRY, BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT IT WAS THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD,
TO GET AN ADVANCED EDUCATION. HE BECAME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, AND
MET MY MOTHER, A YOUNG PROFESSOR, THAT IS THE DAUGHTER
OF AN ARMY COLONEL AND A PIANO TEACHER. AND THEY MOVED HERE FOR
WORK. SETTLED INTO A HOUSE ON THE WEST SIDE AND PRETTY SOON
AFTER THAT I CAME ONTO THE SCENE. THE SOUTH BEND THAT I GREW UP
AND WAS STILL RECOVERING, FROM ECONOMIC DISASTER, THAT PLAYED
OUT BEFORE I WAS EVEN BORN. ONCE IN THE CITY, WE HAS THE
COMPANIES THAT HELPED POWER AMERICA, INTO THE 20th CENTURY.
THINK OF THE FORCES THAT BUILT THIS BUILDING, WE ARE STANDING
IN NOW? AND THE COUNTLESS OTHERS LIKE
THAT NOW LONG GONE. THINK OF THE WEALTH THAT WAS CREATED HERE,
PICTURE THE THOUSANDS OF WORKERS, THAT CAME THROUGH THESE
DOORS EVERY DAY ON THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES THAT THEY PROVIDED
FOR. AND, THINK OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE THAT DAY IN 1963,
WENDY GREAT STUDEBAKER AUTO COMPANY COLLAPSED, AND THE SHOCK
BROUGHT OUR CITY TO ITS KNEES. BUILDINGS LIKE THIS ONE, FALLING QUIET AND ACRES OF LAND
AROUND US SLOWLY BECOMING A RUST SCAPE OF INDUSTRIAL DECLINE.
COLLAPSING FACTORIES EVERYWHERE. HOUSES THAT HAD BEEN FULL OF
LIFE AND LOVE AND HOPE, STANDING CRUMBLING AND VACANT. FOR THE
NEXT HALF-CENTURY IT TOOK HEROIC EFFORTS, JUST TO KEEP THE CITY
RUNNING. AS POPULATION SHRANK AND YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE ME GREW UP
BELIEVING THAT THE ONLY WAY TO A GOOD LIFE, WAS TO GET OUT. AND,
MANY OF US DID THAT. AND THEN, SOME OF US CAME BACK. WE WANTED THINGS TO CHANGE
AROUND HERE AND WHEN THE NATIONAL PRESS CALLED US A DYING
CITY, AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS DECADE? WE TOOK THAT AS A CALL
TO ARMS. I RAN FOR MAYOR IN 2011 KNOWING THAT NOTHING LIKE
STUDEBAKER WHATEVER COME BACK. BUT, BELIEVING THAT WE WOULD.
THE CITY WOULD, IF WE HAD THE COURAGE, TO REIMAGINE THE
FUTURE. AND NOW I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY,
SOUTH BEND IS BACK. — MORE PEOPLE ARE MOVING INTO
SOUTH BEND THEN WE HAVE SEEN IN ONE GENERATION. THOUSANDS OF NEW
JOBS ADDED IN THE AREA, BILLIONS IN INVESTMENT. IT IS A LONG WAY
FOR US TO GO, BUT, WE HAVE CHANGED TRAJECTORY AND SHOWN A
PATH FORWARD FOR COMMUNITIES LIKE OURS. AND, THAT IS WHY I AM
HERE TODAY. TO TELL A DIFFERENT STORY THEN, MAKE AMERICA GREAT
AGAIN. BECAUSE THERE IS A MYTH BEING
SOLD TO INDUSTRIAL AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. THE METHOD THAT WE
CAN STOP THE CLOCK AND TURN THAT BACK. IT COMES FROM PEOPLE WHO THINK
THAT THE ONLY WAY TO SPEAK TO COMMUNITIES LIKE OURS IS THROUGH
RESENTMENT, AND, NOSTALGIA. SELLING AN IMPOSSIBLE PROMISE OF
RETURNING TO A BYGONE ERA THAT WAS NEVER AS GREAT AS ADVERTISED
TO BEGIN WITH. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THEY ARE TELLING US TO LOOK
FOR GREATNESS IN THE WRONG PLACES. IF THERE IS ONE THING
THAT THE CITY OF SOUTH BEND HAS SHOWN, IT IS THAT THERE IS NO
SUCH THING AS AN HONEST POLITICS THAT REVOLVES AROUND THE WORD
AGAIN. IT IS TIME TO WALK AWAY FROM THE
POLITICS OF THE PAST, AND TOWARDS SOMETHING TOTALLY
DIFFERENT. SO, THAT IS WHY I AM HERE TODAY. — I AM HERE TO JOIN YOU TO MAKE A
LITTLE BIT OF NEWS. MY NAME IS PETE BUTTIGIEG. THEY
CALL ME MAYOR PETE. I AM A PROUD SON OF SOUTH BEND
INDIANA, AND, I AM RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. — THANK YOU — I RECOGNIZED THE AUDACITY. OF
DOING THIS, AS A MIDWESTERN MILLENNIAL MAYOR. MORE THAN A LITTLE BOLD. AT AGE
37 TO SEEK THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND? UP UNTIL RECENTLY THIS WAS NOT
EXACTLY WHAT I HAD IN MIND EITHER. FOR HOW I WAS GOING TO
SPEND MY EIGHTH YEAR AS MAYOR AND MY 38th YEAR IN THIS WORLD.
BUT, WE LIVE IN A MOMENT THAT COMPELS US EACH TO ACT. THE FORCES CHANGING OUR COUNTRY
TODAY ARE TECTONIC. FORCES THAT HELP TO EXPLAIN WHAT
MADE THIS CURRENT PRESIDENCY, EVEN POSSIBLE. THAT IS WHY THIS TIME IT IS NOT
JUST ABOUT WINNING AN ELECTION, IT IS ABOUT WINNING AN ERA. NOT JUST ABOUT THE NEXT FOUR
YEARS IT IS ABOUT PREPARING OUR COUNTRY FOR A BETTER LIFE, IN
2030, 2040, AND IN THE YEAR 2054 WHEN GOD
WILLING I GET TO BE THE SAME AGE AS OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT. I TAKE THE LONG VIEW BECAUSE I
NEED TO. I COME FROM THAT GENERATION,
THAT GREW UP WITH SCHOOL SHOOTINGS AS THE NORM. THE
GENERATION THAT PRODUCED THE BULK OF THE TROOPS IN THE
POST-9/11 CONFLICT. THE GENERATION THAT IS GOING TO BE
ON THE BUSINESS END OF CLIMATE CHANGE FOR AS LONG AS WE LIVE. A GENERATION THAT STANDS TO BE
THE FIRST-EVER IN AMERICA, TO COME OUT, WORSE OFF ECONOMICALLY
THAN OUR PARENTS, IF WE DO NOT DO SOMETHING TRULY DIFFERENT. IT IS ONE OF THOSE RARE MOMENTS,
IN BETWEEN ENTIRE ERAS IN THE LIFE OF OUR NATION. I WAS BORN IN ANOTHER SUCH
MOMENT IN THE EARLY 80s, WHEN A HALF-CENTURY OF NEW DEAL
LIBERALISM GAVE WAY TO 40 YEARS, REAGAN STYLE SUPPLY-SIDE
CONSERVATISM THAT CREATED THE TERMS FOR HOW DEMOCRATS AS WELL
AS REPUBLICANS MADE POLICY. AND THAT YEAR AS WELL IS NOW OVER. — SO IF AMERICA TODAY FEELS
LIKE A CONFUSING PLACE TO LIVE IT IS BECAUSE WE
ARE ON A BLANK PAGE IN BETWEEN CHAPTERS. CHANGES COMING, READY
OR NOT. THE QUESTION OF OUR TIME IS
WHETHER FAMILIES AND WORKERS WILL BE DEFEATED BY THE CHANGES
BENEATH US? OR, WHETHER WE WILL MASTER THEM AND MAKE US WORK
TOWARD A BETTER EVERYDAY LIFE FOR US AS ALL. AND A MOMENT LIKE THAT CALLS FOR
HOPEFUL, AND AUDACIOUS VOICES FROM
COMMUNITIES LIKE OURS, AND YES, IT CALLS FOR A NEW GENERATION OF
LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY. THE PRINCIPLES THAT WILL GUIDE
MY CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT ARE SIMPLE ENOUGH TO FIT ON A BUMPER
STICKER. FREEDOM, SECURITY, AND, DEMOCRACY. FIRST COMES FREEDOM, SOMETHING
THAT OUR CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS, HAVE COME TO THINK OF AS THEIR
OWN. BUT, LET ME TELL YOU, FREEDOM DOES NOT BELONG TO JUST
ONE POLITICAL PARTY. FREEDOM HAS BEEN DEMOCRATIC
BEDROCK EVER SINCE THE NEW DEAL. FREEDOM FROM WANT AND FREEDOM
FROM FEAR, CONSERVATIVE FRIENDS CARING ABOUT FREEDOM, BUT, THEY
ONLY MAKE IT PART OF THE WAY. THEY ONLY SEE FREEDOM, FREEDOM
FROM TAXES, FROM REGULATION, AS THOUGH GOVERNMENT WERE THE ONLY
THING THAT CAN MAKE SOMEBODY NOT FREE. BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE. YOUR
NEIGHBOR CAN MAKE YOU UNFREE. YOUR CABLE COMPANY CAN MAKE YOU
UNFREE. YOUR FREEDOM DEPENDS ON A LOT MORE THAN JUST THE SIZE OF
YOUR GOVERNMENT. HEALTHCARE IS FREEDOM, BECAUSE,
YOU ARE NOT FREE IF YOU CANNOT START A SMALL BUSINESS WHEN
LEAVING YOUR JOB MEANS LOSING YOUR HEALTHCARE. — CONSUMER PROTECTION IS FREEDOM,
BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT FREE IF YOU CANNOT SUE YOUR CREDIT CARD
COMPANY EVEN AFTER THEY GET CAUGHT RIPPING YOU OFF. RACIAL
JUSTICE IS FREEDOM BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT FREE IF THERE IS A VEIL
OF MISTRUST BETWEEN PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE OFFICERS SWORN TO
KEEP US SAFE. EMPOWERING TEACHERS MEANS
FREEDOM. — YOU ARE NOT FREE IN YOUR OWN
CLASSROOM OF YOUR ABILITY TO DO YOUR JOB IS REDUCED TO A NUMBER
ON A PAGE. — WOMEN’S EQUALITY, IT’S FREEDOM. BECAUSE, YOU ARE NOT FREE IF
YOUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CHOICES ARE DICTATED BY MALE POLITICIANS
IN OFFICE. — ORGANIZED LABOR SOWING FREEDOM BECAUSE YOU
ARE NOT FREE IF YOU CANNOT ORGANIZE FOR A FAIR DAYS PAY FOR
A GOOD DAYS WORK. AND, TAKE IT FROM CHASTEN AND
ME, YOU AND OPERATE YOUR COUNTY CLERK GETS TO TELL YOU WHO YOU
OUGHT TO MARRY BECAUSE OF THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS. THE CHANCE TO LIVE A LIFE OF
YOUR CHOOSING, KEEPING WITH YOUR VALUES, THAT IS FREEDOM IN ITS
RICHEST SENSE. AND, WE KNOW THAT GOOD
GOVERNMENT SECURES FREEDOM JUST AS MUCH AS BAD GOVERNMENT DENIES
IT. NOW, LET’S TALK ABOUT SECURITY. THE IDEA THAT SECURITY AND
PATRIOTISM BELONG TO ONE POLITICAL PARTY, NEEDS TO END
TODAY. — WE ARE HERE TO SAY THAT THERE IS
A LOT MORE TO SAFETY AND SECURITY, THEN PUTTING UP A WALL
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. — TO THOSE IN CHARGE OF OUR BORDER
POLICY I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR, THE GREATEST NATION IN
THE WORLD SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR, FROM CHILDREN FLEEING
VIOLENCE AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, CHILDREN FLEEING VIOLENCE OUGHT
TO HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
— SECURITY MEANS CYBER SECURITY.
IT MEANS ELECTION SECURITY, IT MEANS KEEPING US SAFE, IN THE FACE OF VIOLENT WHITE
NATIONALISM REARING ITS UGLY HEAD AROUND THE COUNTRY AND
AROUND THE WORLD. AND, LET’S PICK OUR HEADS UP TO
FACE WHAT MIGHT BE THE GREATEST SECURITY ISSUE OF OUR TIME,
CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLIMATE DESTRUCTION. NO REGION OF OUR COUNTRY IS
IMMUNE TO THAT THREAT. WE HAVE SEEN IN THE FLOODS OF NEBRASKA,
THE TORNADOES IN ALABAMA, HURRICANE IN PUERTO RICO IN THE
FIRES OF CALIFORNIA. WE SAW IT HERE IN THE CITY, WHEREAS THE MAYOR WE NEEDED TO
FIRE UP THE OPERATIONS CENTER, THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
OF THE CITY TWICE IN TWO YEARS, FIRST COMING A 1000 YEAR
RAINFALL AND THEN A 500 YEAR RIVER FLOOD. 18 MONTHS APART.
NOW, BY MY MATH, THE CHANCE OF THAT HAPPENING IS
ABOUT 125,000-ONE. SO EITHER WE SHOULD ALL BE HEADED DOWN TO FOR
WIND LATER TO TRY TO RE-CREATE THOSE ODDS ON THE SLOTS, OR, SOMETHING IS CHANGING AROUND
US. AND, WE ARE NOT EVEN HAVING A CONTEST OVER WHOSE CLIMATE
PLAN IS BETTER, BECAUSE ONLY ONE SIDE BROUGHT FORTH ANY PLANS AT
ALL. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE OUR PLANS ON
THE CLIMATE, FINE, SHOW US YOURS. — OUR ECONOMY IS ON THE LINE, OUR
FUTURE IS ON THE LINE, LIVES ARE ON THE LINE, LET’S CALL THIS
WHAT IT IS, CLIMATE SECURITY, A LIFE AND DEATH ISSUE FOR OUR
GENERATION. AND NOW, TALKING ABOUT
DEMOCRACY. BECAUSE, NO ISSUE WE CARE ABOUT
FROM GUN SAFETY TO IMMIGRATION FROM CLIMATE TO EDUCATION, TO
PAID FAMILY LEAVE, NONE OF IT WILL BE HANDLED WELL UNLESS OUR
DEMOCRACY IS IN BETTER SHAPE. OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC IS AN
ELEGANT SYSTEM BUT LATELY IT HAS NOT BEEN QUITE DEMOCRATIC
ENOUGH. IT IS NOT DEMOCRATIC ENOUGH, IF
LEGITIMATE VOTERS, ARE DENIED THE ABILITY TO EXERCISE THEIR
RIGHTS BECAUSE ONE SIDE THINKS AS A MATTER OF POLITICAL
STRATEGY THAT THEY ARE BETTER OFF IF FEWER CITIZENS ARE ABLE
TO VOTE. IT IS HARDLY A DEMOCRACY IF
CITIZENS OF THE UNITED MEANS THAT DOLLARS CAN DROWN OUT THE
WILL OF THE PEOPLE. NOT MUCH OF A REPUBLIC, IF OUR DISTRICTS ARE DRAWN SO
THAT POLITICIANS GET TO CHOOSE THEIR VOTERS INSTEAD OF THE
OTHER WAY AROUND. IT IS NOWHERE NEAR THE DEMOCRACY
THAT I SWORE TO PROTECT WITH MY LIFE WHEN U.S. CITIZENS FROM
WASHINGTON DC TO PUERTO RICO, DO NOT EVEN HAVE THE SAME POLITICAL
REPRESENTATION AS THE REST OF US. AND WE CANNOT SAY IT IS MUCH OF
A DEMOCRACY WHEN TWICE IN MY LIFETIME, THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
HAS OVERRULED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. — WHY SHOULD I VOTE IN INDIANA,
ONLY COUNT ONCE OR TWICE IN A CENTURY? OR, YOUR BOW IN WYOMING
OR NEW YORK? LET’S MAKE IT EASIER TO REGISTER AND VOTE,
LET’S MAKE OUR DISTRICTS FAIR, MAKING COURTS LESS POLITICAL,
OUR STRUCTURE MORE INCLUSIVE, AND, LET’S PICK OUR PRESIDENT BY
COUNTING UP ALL OF THE BALLOTS AND GIVING IT TO THE WOMAN OR
MAN THAT GOT THE MOST VOTES. — NOW I LIKE TALKING ABOUT
SYSTEMS, AND STRUCTURE, PHILOSOPHY, AND THEORY, BUT,
NOTHING ABOUT POLITICS IS THEORETICAL FOR ME. SOMEONE SAID
ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL I WOULD SAY THAT ALL POLITICS IS
PERSONAL. TIME AND TIME AGAIN MOMENT IN MY
LIFE HAVE FORCED ME TO REALIZE, WHAT POLITICS REALLY MEANS.’S I
LEARNED THAT WHEN I WENT OVERSEAS IN THE ORDER OF THE
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. WHEN YOU WRITE A LETTER AND YOU
PUT IN AN ENVELOPE MARKED JUST IN CASE AND SAID THAT WHERE YOUR
FOLKS CAN FIND IT YOU NEVER AGAIN LOSE SIGHT OF THE STAKES. BY THE WAY, WHEN I WAS OVERSEAS,
EACH ONE OF THE 119 TRIPS THAT I TOOK OUTSIDE OF THE WIRE,
DRIVING OR GUARDING A VEHICLE, WE LEARN WHAT IT IS TO TRUST
FELLOW AMERICANS WITH OUR LIVES. THE MEN AND WOMEN SOLDIERS,
SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES, CIVILIAN, GETTING INTO MY
VEHICLE DID NOT CARE IF I WAS A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN. THEY
CARED IF I WOULD SELECT THE ROUTE WITH THE FEWER IED THREATS
KNOW WHERE MY FATHER WAS DOCUMENTED OR UNDOCUMENTED WHEN
HE IMMIGRATED. THEY CARED IF MY M4 WAS LOCKED
AND LOADED KNOW WHETHER I WAS GOING HOME TO A GIRLFRIEND OR A
BOYFRIEND. THEY JUST WANTED TO COME HOME
SAFE LIKE I DID. THEY WANTED WHAT EVERYBODY WANTS, LIVE WELL
AND COME HOME, MAKING SURE THAT KIND OF THING HAPPENS IS WHAT
POLITICS IS FOR. POLITICS MATTERS, BECAUSE IT HITS HOME.
IT HITS HOME AT OUR MOST VULNERABLE MOMENTS. LIKE THE DAY LAST FALL WHEN I
LEFT MY MOTHER’S HOSPITAL BEDSIDE TO GO AND FIND MY DAD,
ACROSS TOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT, TO LET
HIM KNOW THAT SHE WAS GOING TO NEED IMMEDIATE HEART SURGERY.
NOT THE KIND OF A THING YOU PUT IN A TEXT MESSAGE. SO I NEEDED
TO GO AND FIND HIM. BY THE WAY MOM IS FINE SHE IS RIGHT OVER
THERE. — RIGHT OVER THERE WITH MY AMAZING
IN-LAWS, BUT THAT IS A DIFFERENT STORY. — SO, THAT TOUGH DAY, I HAD A FEW THINGS
GOING FOR ME. IT WAS DIFFICULT, I HAD FATHER BRIAN GIVING THE
INDICATION TODAY, THAT LIFTED US UP WITH FAITH AND COMPANIONSHIP,
AND I HAVE MY HUSBAND, CHASTEN. HE WAS AT THE HOSPITAL. HE STAYED THERE, HE WAS AT THE
HOSPITAL, WHERE HE BELONGED. BECAUSE IN THE EYES OF THE
HOSPITAL, AND THE STATE AND THE LAW, HE WAS NOT JUST SOMEONE
THAT I LOVED, HE WAS MY LAWFULLY MARRIED SPOUSE. — OUR MARRIAGE EXISTS BY THE GRACE
OF A SINGLE VOTE ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT. NINE WOMEN AND MEN SITTING DOWN
IN A ROOM AND TAKING A VOTE, AND THEY BROUGHT ME THE MOST
IMPORTANT FREEDOM IN MY LIFE. MOM STARTED GETTING BETTER,
RIGHT AWAY. DAD STARTED GETTING WORSE. WE LOST HIM EARLIER THIS
YEAR. I WATCHED, AND AS I WATCHED THINGS CHANGE FROM HIM
CARING TO HER FOR HER CARE AND TO HIM AND THE TWO OF US TRYING
TO TAKE CARE OF THE TWO OF THEM, ONCE AGAIN WE FOUND OUR LIVES
SHAPED BY THE DECISIONS OF THOSE WITH POWER OVER US. DECISIONS
THAT MADE US BETTER OFF, BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, MADE
THE DECISION TO BRING US SOMETHING, CALLED MEDICARE. SO, WHEN I THINK ABOUT HOW WE
HAD TO NAVIGATE THOSE TOUGH, FAMILY DECISIONS, I THINK ABOUT HOW FORTUNATE WE
WERE THAT ALL HE NEEDED TO THINK ABOUT, WAS WHAT WAS RIGHT,
MEDICALLY, FOR MOTHER AND FATHER, BOTH, NOT WHETHER OUR
FAMILY WAS GOING TO GO BANKRUPT OVER IT. THAT IS HOW GOVERNMENT
TOUCHES OUR LIVES. IT IS HOW POLICIES BRING US FREEDOM. AND
WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHCARE? I WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO HAVE THAT
SAME BENEFIT. THIS IS WHY WASHINGTON MATTERS. NOT THE POLITICAL UPS AND DOWNS,
NOT THE DAILY DRAMA OF WHO LOOKED GOOD ON CABLE IN A
COMMITTEE MEETING, BUT, THE WAY THAT A CHAIN OF EVENTS BEGINS IN
ONE OF THOSE STATELY WHITE BUILDINGS, REACHES INTO OUR
LIVES AND INTO OUR HOMES, OUR PAYCHECKS, OUR DOCTORS OFFICES,
OUR MARRIAGES, THAT IS WHY THIS COUNTRY WAS INVENTED IN THE
FIRST PLACE AND THAT IS WHAT IS AT STAKE TODAY. AT LEAST THAT IS HOW IT IS
SUPPOSED TO WORK. WHEN SOMETHING IS GROTESQUE, IT IS HARD TO LOOK
AWAY. AND THE HORROR SHOW IN WASHINGTON IS MESMERIZING IT IS
ALL-CONSUMING. BUT, STARTING TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE
THE CHANNEL. — SOMETIMES A DARK MOMENT BRINGS
OUT THE BEST IN US, HELPS US FIND WHAT IS GOOD, DARE I SAY,
WHAT IS GREAT IN US? BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE IN AMERICAN
GREATNESS. I BELIEVE IN AMERICAN VALUES, AND, I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GUIDE
THIS COUNTRY, AND ONE ANOTHER TO A BETTER PLACE. AFTER ALL,
RUNNING FOR OFFICE IS AN ACT OF HOPE. — YOU DO NOT DO IT UNLESS YOU
THINK THAT THE PULLEYS AND LEVIES OF THE GOVERNMENT CAN BE
USED AND IF NECESSARY REDESIGNED, TO MAKE THE LIFE OF
THE NATION BETTER FOR US ALL. — YOU DO NOT DO IT UNLESS YOU
BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF LAW, DECISION, SOMETIMES EVEN JUST A
SPEECH. TO MAKE THE RIGHT KIND OF
DIFFERENCE, TO CHANGE OUR LIVES FOR THE BETTER, TO CALL US TO
OUR HIGHEST VALUES. THINGS GET BETTER IF WE MAKE THEM BETTER. AFTER ALL YOU AND I STAND NOW IN
A BUILDING, THAT WAS A SYMBOL OF OUR CITIES DECLINE, WHERE NEW JOBS ARE NOW BEING
CREATED IN INDUSTRIES THAT DID NOT EVEN EXIST WHEN THEY POURED
THE CONCRETE AND LAID THE GROUND. YOU AND I STAND IN A CITY THAT
FORMERLY INCORPORATED AND 1865, THE LAST YEAR OF A WAR THAT
NEARLY DESTROYED THE COUNTRY, WHAT AN ACT OF HOPE IT MUST HAVE
BEEN. WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF OPTIMISTIC WOMEN AND MEN, WOMEN AND MEN THAT KNEW THAT
OPTIMISM IS NOT A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IT IS A SOURCE OF
COURAGE. AND IT WILL TAKE COURAGE TO MOVE
ON FROM OUR PAST. WE ARE NOT GOING BACK. IF I DID GET A CHANCE TO GO BACK
IT WOULD NOT BE OUT OF A DESIRE TO LIVE IN THE PAST. IF I WENT
INTO THE PAST, I WOULD GO, 20 YEARS BACK. SO THAT I COULD FIND
A TEENAGE BOY IN THE BASEMENT OF HIS PARENT’S BRICK HOUSE,
THINKING LONG THOUGHTS AS HE PLAYED THE SAME GUITAR LICK OVER
AND OVER AGAIN ON HIS LITTLE STRATOCASTER. WONDERING HOW HE
COULD BELONG IN THE WORLD. WONDERING IF HIS INTELLECTUAL
CURIOSITY MEANS HE WILL NEVER FIT IN. WONDERING IF HIS LAST
NAME WILL BE A STUMBLING BLOCK FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.
WONDERING WHAT IT MEANS, WHEN HE SOMETIMES FEELS A CERTAIN WAY
ABOUT YOUNG MEN HE SEES IN THE HALL AT SCHOOL. IF IT MEANS HE
WILL NEVER WEAR THE UNIFORM, NEVER BE ACCEPTED, NEVER KNOW
LOVE. IF I FOUND HIM AND I TOLD HIM WHAT WAS AHEAD, WHEN YOU
BELIEVE ME? — WHAT HE BELIEVE ME? I CAN PICTURE IT IF I COULD PUT
MY ARM AROUND HIM, TO TELL HIM THAT HE WAS GOING TO SEE THE
WORLD, AND, SERVE HIS COUNTRY. THAT HE WOULD NOT ONLY FIND
BELONGING IN HIS HOMETOWN, BUT, BE ENTRUSTED BY ITS CITIZENS
WITH THE DUTY OF LEADING AND SHAPING IT? THAT HE WOULD HAVE A HAND IN
TRANSFORMING THE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT HE KNEW AS A BOY. AND THAT
HE WOULD HELP THE LIGHTS COME BACK ON IN THE GIANT FACTORY,
WHOSE BROKEN WINDOWS LIVE LIKE THE FACES OF A GHOST, OVER THE
BALLPARK WHERE HIS FATHER USED TO TAKE HIM TO GAMES? WHERE HE
WONDERED IF THE CITY WAS HIS OWN? TO TELL HIM HE WILL BE
OKAY. MORE THAN ALL RIGHT. TO TELL HIM THAT ONE RAINY APRIL
DAY, BEFORE HE EVEN TURNS 40, HE WILL WAKE UP TO HEADLINES
ABOUT WHETHER HE IS RISING TOO QUICKLY INTO BECOMING A TOP-TIER
CONTENDER FOR THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY. — AND, AND, TO TELL HIM, THAT ON THAT DAY WHEN HE
ANNOUNCES HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT, HE WILL DO IT WITH
HIS HUSBAND LOOKING AT HIM. — HOW CAN YOU LIVE THAT STORY? AND, NOT BELIEVE THAT AMERICA
DESERVES OUR OPTIMISM, DESERVES OUR COURAGE, AND DESERVES OUR
HOPE? YES, RUNNING FOR OFFICE IS AN
ACT OF HOPE, SO IS SUPPORTING SOMEONE RUNNING FOR OFFICE, SO
THIS AFTERNOON ARE YOU NOT HOPEFUL? — DO WE NOT LIVE IN A COUNTRY
THAT CAN OVERCOME THE BLEAKNESS OF A CHALLENGING AND DIVIDED
MOMENT? ARE YOU READY TO TURN THE PAGE
AND START A NEW CHAPTER IN THE AMERICAN STORY? IF YOU JOIN ME, IF YOU AND I
RISE TOGETHER, TO MEET THIS MOMENT, ONE DAY THEY WILL WRITE HISTORY
IS NOT JUST ABOUT ONE CAMPAIGN OR ONE PRESIDENCY, BUT ABOUT THE
ERA THAT BEGAN, HERE TODAY IN THIS BUILDING WHERE PAST
PRESIDENT AND FUTURE MEET, RIGHT HERE ON THIS CHILLY DAY IN SOUTH
BEND. IT IS A LITTLE BIT COLD OUT. IT
IS A LITTLE BIT COLD INSIDE AS WELL. BUT WE HAVE HAD THAT WITH
WINTER. YOU AND I HAVE THE CHANCE TO USHER IN A NEW
AMERICAN SPRING. SO, WITH HOPE IN OUR HEARTS AND
FIRE IN OUR BELLIES, LET’S GET TO WORK, AND LET’S MAKE HISTORY.
THANK YOU. —

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