Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Heckling Jerry Seinfeld, His 2020 Campaign, GoT Predictions

Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Heckling Jerry Seinfeld, His 2020 Campaign, GoT Predictions

-Did you have a good
Mother’s Day? -Yeah, it was great. Yeah, I had a
family brunch yesterday. Mom’s actually right here. -She’s at the show today?
-Where is she? Yeah. -Is that right?
-There she is. -Hey, there’s your mom.
Hi, mom! Hi, mom. Aww. She’s beautiful.
Oh, great. Is mom from — Where’s mom from? -She grew up in Southern Indiana
and then all around the country. Her dad was in the Army,
so she’s from a little bit of everywhere,
but settled in South Bend about 40 years ago with my dad, and I came on the scene
pretty soon after that. -Yeah, exactly. You’ve been busy this past week. You got insulted by the
President of the United States. -Yeah. That’s how you know
you’ve made it. -Yeah. Absolutely. He compared you — He called you
Alfred E. Neuman. -Yeah. What do you think? -The President of the
United States called you that. Wow. What goes through your mind
when that happens. -You know, we talk a lot about
elevating the dialogue, so I guess the fact
that I inspired him to make a literary reference
possibly for the first time… [ Cheers and applause ]
♪♪ -Oh, my goodness.
Oh, my goodness. Not bad. Everyone is talking about
your age and how young you are. You’re 37 years old.
-Yeah. -But you were mayor at when?
29? -Yeah, I was 29
when I got elected, so it’s my eighth year now. -Wow! And when you —
This is a dumb question, but when you’re the mayor,
do you give out keys to the city
and stuff still? -Oh, yeah. Yeah. It’s one of your most important
ceremonial duties. -They still do that? -Oh, yeah, totally.
Yeah, it’s nice. It’s kind of gold plated
or at least it looks like it. -Is there anyone famous
you’ve ever given the key to? -Yeah. Well, one of the
first ones I did was for Jerry Seinfeld,
but I had to trick him into accepting it. -He didn’t want it?
-Yeah, yeah. So, I found out
he was coming to South Bend. He was performing at our
Morris Civic Auditorium. It’s this beautiful theater
we have in South Bend. And I thought, “This is a major
American cultural figure. I’m a new mayor.” I’m like, “I’d better give him
a key to the city.” So we had it made up. I had a little plaque. It said, “Thanks for all
the laughs, Jerry,” you know. And we said to his team,
“You know, it’s cool if he wants to do a low-key
backstage thing. That’s fine.
However Jerry wants to do it.” For me to give him the key. And then the day
the event rolls around, and we haven’t heard back. And, finally, they say, “Oh, no.
He doesn’t want to do it. You know, it’s an election year. He doesn’t do
anything political.” -Jerry Seinfeld
said no to the key to the city? -Yeah. So, then I went back
to the office and I checked with
our secretary, who had been there for
like 15 years. I was like, “Is there
any record of someone ever refusing a key
to the city?” -This is such an episode of
“Seinfeld.” [ As Seinfeld ] He’s like, “I don’t want
the key to the city. I don’t want to able to get in.
I want to be locked out. I want to be locked out
of the city. I don’t want to be in.
You keep the key.” -Yeah, but now it’s like a
crisis of civic prestige, right? Because I don’t want to be
the first mayor ever to have the key
to the city refused. And I’ll be dammed if
Jerry Seinfeld is going to do that
to me, right? So I’m thinking, “All right,
what do we do? What do we do?” And I got a ticket to the show.
I had the key with me. Got there, got a nice seat
close to the front. He gave this great stand-up.
His stand-up is fantastic. -Oh, he’s one of the best. -And at the end, there’s a —
You know, people loved it, so he comes back out, but
there’s no encore. He just started
taking questions. The first question is like —
I don’t know — You know, “What was Kramer
like off the set?” or whatever. And then I thought,
“Now is my chance.” So I wave my hand real high,
and he calls on me. And my question, of course, was, “Will you accept
the key to the city?” [ Cheers and applause ]
-Yes! This guy gets it done.
He can’t say no, right? -No. He’s like, “What’s that?
The key to the city?” And then, I think by the time
he said that, I was up there. They couldn’t stop me,
’cause it was a city facility. Gave him the key, gave a wave,
got out of there. Nobody refuses a key
to the city. -No, exactly right.
Don’t mess with this guy. -You’re very proud about
your time in the military. You spent some time
in Afghanistan. Is this — What’s —
-Oh, yeah. -This is — What year is this?
-That was 2014. -And do you remember this scene? -Yeah, that was probably
the best day of my deployment. So, one of the
side projects we did — I was stationed in Kabul, but I worked with
the chaplain’s office. People kept sending
humanitarian goods, and so they needed people who
were qualified on a rifle, ’cause you had to have
that qualification for some of us to take a
vehicle outside the wire in order to get these goods
to this orphanage. We had —
I can’t remember how much. It was like 600 or 800 pounds of
stuff people sent — you know,
school supplies and clothes. And, so, we went into the city and we wound up
meeting all these kids. There was a Boy Scout program
going on at this orphanage. It was just a reminder that,
you know, even in the middle of a war,
you know, most people’s full-time job during a war
is not to be in a war. They’re going about their lives. And it was a reminder of just
kind of the humanity that is there in
this hauntingly beautiful city even as this awful situation
was going on around it. -Yeah. I mean,
what do you do as a kid? -You know, the thing
is — they’re just kids, right? They behave like kids anywhere. They’re running around.
You know, they’ve got candy. They’re joking. And you just think about, “What’s the future for
a child in a country like this?” But there was a lot of really
good work going on with some of the organizations,
like the group called PARSA that ran this orphanage. And I wonder what happened to
some of those kids that are in those pictures. -Oh, that’s nice that you did
that and gave us your time. Now that you’re on the road
and you’re talking to everybody and you’re campaigning,
what is the big issue that is being brought up? -Yeah. Well, we’re talking a lot
about democratic reform, just because I think all
the issues we care about, of which I think climate is
probably the most pressing — But it’s gonna be hard to deal
with any issue as long as Congress is set up
with districts where, you know, politicians are
choosing their voters, instead of the other way around. For my dime,
we ought to elect our president just by a national popular vote
and just count up the votes and give it to the person
who gets the most votes. So…
[ Cheers and applause ] So, there’s a lot of structural
reform we got to go, but also climate. Climate’s a
life-and-death issue, you know, especially for
my generation and those coming after. For the rest of our lives,
you know, our chances in life will be partly decided
by whether or not our economy can survive all the climate
disruption going on. As a mayor, we’ve already had to
deal with historic flooding. You know, we had a
once-in-a-1,000-year flood, followed by a once-in-a-500-year
flood, they told us, two years apart,
so it’s a huge issue. -What can we do? -Well, there’s a lot of things
we could do right away. Major federal investment
in renewables, carbon storage, energy storage. There’s also a plan called
a carbon tax and dividend. Basically, you set a price on
things that put carbon into the atmosphere,
but then you can rebate that back out to the American people,
so most of us would actually be economically
better off if we did it. Meanwhile, it would help change
the economic incentives so that you’d see less activity
that hurts the environment, because the true cost is not
reflected in the price of, for example,
energy that comes from coal. If you’re facing
the true price of it, you’d have to set that price
a lot higher. -Is there it money? Is that what you’re
really fighting — -That’s part of it. You know, there’s, obviously,
a fossil-fuel industry, that is really committed to
keeping things the way they are, which is why our campaign signed
a pledge that we’re not going to accept any funding
from the fossil-fuel industry. -Really?
[ Cheers and applause ] -Final question. Very important. Who do you think will be
on the throne at the end of “Game of Thrones.” -All right, so, we’ve been
campaigning pretty hard, so no spoilers. I’m an episode behind.
-Me too. Oh, good. -Okay. All right. Good.
We’re in the same boat. -This is fantastic.
We could talk all night. -Up until this year,
this season, I was pretty much on
Team Daenerys. I felt like she was really
growing in her leadership style. -Of course. -I’m a little concerned now,
based on what I’ve seen in the last few episodes, that her kind of
management approach has kind of got some issues. -Her management approach.
-I’m kind of back to square one. I don’t know. I’m rooting for Jon Snow —
maybe not the brightest, but definitely,
you know, got a good heart. -Wow.
-Tough to say. -What a great answer to a
“Game of Thrones” question. You put a lot
of thought into it. I appreciate that. Thank you.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, everybody.

100 thoughts on “Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Heckling Jerry Seinfeld, His 2020 Campaign, GoT Predictions”

  • Buttigieg is a bullshtter.
    Zero policy = bullshtter.

    He has NO PLANS.
    But because he has a pretty face I should vote for him?

    Bullshtter worst type of employee.
    Bullshtter worst type of manager.

    NO, I don’t vote for bullshtter.

  • I don't want to return to a time when there was a lovefest between a president and talk show hosts. That would be political incest.

  • Man! This guy speaks many languages and is very smart and speaks like president. Only problem, might be the crazy evangelicals who preach Jesus, but slam Pete for being gay. Christians are the main reason I left church. I used to be one but I gave it up. Mostly because reading an ancient book didn't get me nowhere, and found nothing but hypocrisy. And now thes freaks bring out Sodom and Gomorrah wben he speaks. I hope he wins so I can see them crying like they did when same sex marriage because legal.

  • I'm not a democrat, but this guy is intelligent, articulate, has good idea's, is easy to listen to, and has a great energy.

  • If Pete doesn't get the nomination, he would be a PERFECT VP. What a ticket with Elizabeth Warren and Pete or Kamala Harris and Pete – two fantastic tickets. It could ensure DECENT Democratic people would be in for SIXTEEN YEARS! Then things would change radically for the people and the country.

  • Every thing he says, the way he talks, the knowledge he possesses is amazing! Please vote for a real president, Pete Buttigieg!!!

  • These leftwing "celebrities"ONLY exist for my entertainment. Some of you are great eye candy. Some of you can deliver a line with such conviction that you bring tears to my eyes. Some of you can scare the crap out of me. Others make me laugh. But you all have one thing in common, you ONLY have a place in my world to entertain me. That’s it.

    You make your living pretending to be someone else. Playing dress up like a 6 year old.

    You live in a make believe world in front of a camera. And often, when you are away from one too. Your entire existence depends on my patronage. I’ll crank the organ grinder; you dance.

    I don’t really care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your stance matters far less to me than that of my neighbor. You see, you aren’t real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer and you cease to exist in my world. Once I am done with you, I can put you back in your little box until I want you to entertain me again.

    I don’t care that you think about our president, or ANYTHING, for that matter..

    Make me laugh, or cry. Scare me. But realize that the only words of yours that matter are scripted. I might agree with some of you from time to time, but it doesn’t matter. In my world, you exist solely for my entertainment.

    You people cannot possibly understand the frustrations "everyday" people have, in regards to our government. Your wealth is something 99.9% of the American people can only dream of. You are NOT on our level, so STFU and DANCE MONKEYS

  • I was planning on voting for Pete.

    But after doing my own research on Andrew Yang, I would say Yang is the better candidate.

  • You have to feel sorry for Pete Buttigieg. This man/woman or whatever is all show and hasn't got a clue as to what he would do if he became the POTUS. He uses his "vast experience" in the military as his crowning achievement, pointing to his tour in Afghanistan, when he spent his tour as the equivalence as a jeep driver and a low level clerk for an officer in an area where there was no enemy activity, NO COMBAT EXPERIENCE, NEVER RISKED HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. His was a 6 month tour and he was in, all practicality, no danger whatsoever.
    Calling President Trump a racist when you have ZERO support from black voters in the race for the Democratic nomination is not only self serving, double standards and unethical but also doesn't make any sense.
    A common sentiment was clearly apparent in talks with several important African-American Lawmakers: that Buttigieg’s interactions with the black community  recently was "naïve" and over-optimistic and that the national perception of him as "genuine and authentic" was NOT always translating when it came to the African-American community's concerns. "Pete has a black problem," Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told The Daily Beast. "I don’t know of one black person out of Indiana that supports him."
    He will NEVER be respected among the black African-American communities because of the traditional 'Black Man' role model, they are traditionally very proud of a 'manhood' leader and their families or their communities or their sport teams that require a very strong man or role model in the group. They have always look down upon Gays as not fitting that strong role model image or looked down upon as weak and NOT manly or tough enough to solve their social problems or lead them into prosperity.
    "We are the only country in the world with more guns than people," he said. "It has not made us safer. We can respect the Second Amendment (on gun rights), and not allow it to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans." Why don't you worry about Gay suicide and stop putting the blame on the wrong gun owners. Mental health is a big problem in America, NOT gun ownership.

    If he talks about anything other than mental health (suicides among gays) or stopping gang violence, he doesn’t really care about "gun violence" or is too ignorant to make the right judgment. Between those 2 issues you could reduce "gun deaths" by 94%. That's a whopping 94 ! . Anyone saying anything about an "assault weapons/rifle" ban is more concerned with controlling you than keeping you safe. 99% of "gun violence" occurs with pistols, so go back to your closet and stop spreading MISINFORMATION about the sacred right to bear arms in America.
    Basically all this guy has to run on is that he’s gay and somehow ( in true democrat form) he has twisted some text in the Bible to justify his practice of man on man filthy unsafe love. Marriage is still just between a Man and a Woman. Most people don't give a da__, what the man-made liberal minded crooked courts determined!
    Pete the cupcake has chosen to run on his sexual preference and if elected he would see his election as a mandated to serve based on his sexual preference, which would mean he represents only a small part of American society. Embracing perversion is not heroic it’s hedonistic.
    Three-quarters (75%) of white voters who describe themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians voted for Republican House candidates in 2018. That is on par with the share who did so in midterm elections in 2014 (78%) and 2010 (77%).
    Evangelicals have been recognized as pivotal players in the American political landscape. As a vital component of the values voter bloc, along with conservative Roman Catholics, they are even credited with making the crucial difference in the 2004 presidential race.The adult population that is evangelical is a whopping 47 percent in 1998; last year's estimate was 48 percent.Fully 96% of evangelicals say religion is very important in their lives, and 93% say they pray every day. These voters will never vote for a Gay presidential candidate, not in a million years
    Gay President Buttigieg ( a.k.a. Cupcake, Neuman, Feathers, Fruit-Fly, Donald Duck, Tinkerbelle ) and his first mate, or lady or whatever. That will NOT help us to gain back respect from the world. As soon as he/she is president he/she will appoint many Transvestites as his close advisors and put more gays and lesbians in the military. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon will run for cover and the special forces will quit or retire early.
    Gay Pete will not be able to negotiate anything in Foreign Policy with the Russians, Korea, The Middle East ( Muslims ), Turkey, China and Africa and even many South American and Central America countries where they don't respect homosexuals. There are way too many countries and religions that do NOT tolerate Homosexuals or are NOT welcome there, so what was this Mayor Pete thinking when he decided to run ? he must have been in a fantasy wishful thinking mode ! WAKE UP ! Pete, the world  outside the USA is very different and INTOLERANT

  • happy to see an intelligent politician after Obama who has a good sense of humor and such a clarity of speech

  • Mayor Pete is like a fine wine, he's going to age and get better and better. His character and intelligence is something I like to see in a leader.

  • If Mayor Pete doesn't make it to the ens of the primaries, I hope he tries againin a later race. After all, he is practically as young as a candidate for president can legally be!

  • They look like brothers. I'm not a liberal but Pete is likable and seems kind enough. And Fallon's Seinfeld impression is spot on


  • This guy has every quality I want to see in a US president—and is the exact antithesis to the one we have now.

  • I love his wisdom, values and his go-getter attitude 😀 I admire his strength. Plus he was a vet so he has been and seen the world and repercussion of politics first hand.

  • Rewatching it more focused now, this guy is so witty and I can tell he has tackle the system first approach so the systematic outcome is beneficial approach 😀

  • Butiteg no pockets on pants. Only a drunken. Horny person will be allowed out after sunset. Must have a condom or proof of insurance. I really don't know what he's about. He's like the first gay politician to come out. Well to be president. I just am not sure of it doesn't affect his perception of the regular folks. You know America is not ready. Deblasio is a better bet against trump. Trump must go just because .we need to take America back from yo ima from Queens. You know new York tough guys. Be real. Deblasio is the mayor of New York. New York is the center of the earth. It's time to party America will be America again and deblasio understands the diversity and gender and income and color factors .if anyone will do this it's deblasio.

  • I love this guy. He's smart, funny, and my lord does he have the background. He'd be an amazing president. But he won't be. Why? Because Americans spend too much time judging other people, and since he's gay, their going to let something that does not affect them at ALL make the decision for them.

  • Not only charming, intelligent and good looking, but also clever and shady in an elegant way 🤣🤣🤣🤣 I'm sure he could be a magnificent President of a most Admired Country. Good luck Sir.👍🙏

  • Its almost like there is better, smarter, and actually genuine candidate who cares about the people and doesn't give faint policies with no substance and detail and that man is ANDREW YANG #YangGang #Yang2020 #TrumpFearsYang

  • I wouldn't Vote for him, because Yang has better policies. However, this man Is a real good competitor. Maybe He could Make it for the next election.

  • He's is cute,young, and Ivy League; but Pete is Not going to win in 2020. When was the last time Americans sent a mayor of any town to the White House?? It's now a top tier three person race, between Biden, Bernie, or Elizabeth Warren. I'm just waiting for his concession speech

  • Mayor Pete is impressive! Love his sense of humor. I agree with all the issues he discussed, especially getting rid of the Electoral College and addressing climate change. I can’t say I agree about his Game of Thrones choice. OK, I’ll fess up. I am the one person in the country who has never seen even one episode of Game of Thrones. LOL I am very glad that I watched this show as well as the slow walking news episode with the Mayor.


  • B.S…go…work…Pete! you couldn't…do anything for small city…😁😁😁 how you will handle. Big APPLE..?..go home cook ,clean…your CITY…smell EVIL…like your "agenda'…..we don't need your smelly. more..people at your city…Hate…you… lazy Pete…😠

  • JFK was 43 when he was running for President of the United States, Pete Buttigieg is 39. Mr. Buttigieg reminds me a lot of JFK in so many ways. A great intellect, fairness, truth telling, compassion for all, and certainly honesty. I believe he would make a great President of our great country which is under so much stress and fear at this time. He reminds me so much of John Kennedy and I, after looking into all the other candidates in the next presidential election, I think he would be the best choice to lead us to greatness, much like President Kennedy did.

  • He should have stayed in the military. How can he manage a country when he can't manage a city. I didn't know he is gay. I'm sure he has the gay vote locked and loaded.
    I think he should have a urine test for drugs. I think all candidates should have tests.
    I think Trump should have a test as well as all those in the administration.

  • He raised so much money in the 3rd quarter. Where did this small town mayor get that kind of money? What promises is he making…. he is so establishment. I dont trust him at all



  • "My husband who is at home taking care of our two kids, one who is autistic and the GDP doesn't recognize his work as valuable" Re-Pete BootiYang!

  • Mayor Pete is a horrible mayor. Crime and drug use is rampant in his city. So if Pete can’t run a city and fix the problems how can he be a good president. Besides President Trump is doing a great job fixing the mess Obama and the Democrats left. President 🇺🇸Trump has delivered on what he promised if elected.
    1. Booming US economy again the best in the world now.
    2. Lowest US unemployment in 65 years.
    3. Brought back jobs and business to the US.
    4. Rebuild our US military that Obama and the Democrats depleted.
    5. Seal the US border and build more walls.
    6. Cut my taxes $$ too.
    What have democrats done since Trump was elected? Lie and conduct one witchhunt after another trying to divide the country and impeach our duly elected president. As a conservative Democrat I plan to vote for President Trump again in 2020.

  • I really enjoy Mayor Pete. It's not a blue or red thing for me, he's just a great guy. I fail to cringe when I hear his commentary.. which is not the case for me when the rest of the democratic choices speak. (Except Tulsi, I do like her as well, maybe she will run with Mayor Pete?)

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