Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Presidential candidate, and current Secretary of Transportation, has revealed his preferred form of commuting across Washington D.C.
He's a biker, y'all!
Michael Stratford, an education reporter for Politico, tweeted a video of Buttigieg biking through Navy Yard in downtown Washington.
Cabinet secretaries @bikeshare home from work, too. A person who appears to be @SecretaryPete rolling through N… https://t.co/odieIZWgnn— Michael Stratford (@Michael Stratford) 1614295931.0
Better bikeshare action shot: https://t.co/jRtEmfs2M1— Michael Stratford (@Michael Stratford) 1614296131.0
And Secretary Buttigieg's husband, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, wasted no time in throwing shade at his spouse.
Did you forget to pick up milk on the way home Pete?
👀 sure looks like there’s room for groceries in that basket https://t.co/1092hb8oB7— Chasten Glezman Buttigieg (@Chasten Glezman Buttigieg) 1614305717.0
He immediately had people laughing.
@Chasten Why do I think Pete would be terrible picking up groceries? Like he would get lost in a grocery store.— Schnauzers along for the 🚆✈️🚎 ride 🐕🐝 (@Schnauzers along for the 🚆✈️🚎 ride 🐕🐝) 1614309116.0
@Schnauzers4Pete @Chasten Pete? Grocery store? He’d probably start Googling ingredients on the packaging & Chasten… https://t.co/NsghziUDpj— Caroline Baisley (@Caroline Baisley) 1614339080.0
@Chasten You guys are the absolute BEST. Future first family. 🤞— SRT (@SRT) 1614384213.0
@Chasten He must've not made dinner 😂😅 my husband and I have such a love for y'all❤️ you're both wonderful!— C baebae (@C baebae) 1614308939.0
Bikeshare programs, which are fairly new to the USA (the very first community bicycle share showed up in Portland, Oregon in 1994 but did not receive government attention or funding until the early 2010s) are one of the many types of programs Secretary Buttigieg is tasked with overseeing in the Department of Transportation.
Buttigieg using one of his own programs received some attention as a hopeful sign the Biden administration would focus on further public transit options.
But alas, there were still no groceries.
@Chasten Is there a Trader Joe’s on the way home? Give him a list!— ken fitzhugh (@ken fitzhugh) 1614401161.0
@Chasten Can you two get anymore adorable?— BobbyOKeefe (@BobbyOKeefe) 1614375876.0
@Chasten More like chocolate or ice cream at the least— Karen Glick (@Karen Glick) 1614344357.0
As one astute Tweeter posted:
"I didn't know I needed the "spouses of cabinet members drag them for not stopping at Safeway" Twitter, but there you are."
@Chasten Chasten 😂— Brandon Wolf (@Brandon Wolf) 1614305765.0
@Chasten A loaf of bread and a quart of milk please. 😆— C Hammond (@C Hammond) 1614312551.0
@Chasten @SecretaryPete where’s the groceries— Victoria (@Victoria) 1614362487.0
@Chasten He go vroom— Lyndsay Katz 🗳 (@Lyndsay Katz 🗳) 1614310188.0
@Chasten Well played.— danisimons (@danisimons) 1614306114.0
We wish Pete and Chasten all the best in their new home in Washington and hope that Pete remembers to hit up Trader Joe's next time.