Love at First Sight
Like many Democrats, I wasn’t expecting to get on board with a candidate so early in the campaign season, especially with over twenty in the race. Then I stumbled upon the March CNN Town Hall and saw Pete Buttigieg for the first time. In the ten minutes I caught, I was convinced. You may think I’m exaggerating the ten minutes aspect of my decision, but, in reality, it was probably less than that.
In that short time, Pete answered questions and framed them in a context I’d never heard from any other candidate. I sat stock-still with my jaw dropped, thinking – this guy is special. Really special. This guy is going to be our next president. And it really was within the first ten minutes of listening to Pete that I got this strong gut feeling.
There were many things Pete said that resonated with me, that impressed me, but I will tell you the first one that sold me. When answering a question about immigrants, Pete said something like this: “Immigrants are part of our community. We have to take care of our community.” BOOM. No one else was talking about our immigrant population this way.
I hadn’t heard anyone else state the reality that immigrants are well-established in communities across the US. They live among us and have jobs and children in school. They shop at the grocery store and drive on the roads. I know this firsthand because I work with immigrants. I teach advanced level English as a Second Language to adults. Every year, I get to know approximately 50 immigrants. We have group discussions and they write essays for me. Our program has a childcare, so I meet their kids too. I know these immigrants.
Pete understands the complexity of immigration issues on an intellectual level, but it is his compassion that I especially love. Apply these two elements – intellect and compassion – to Pete’s approach to any issue, and you have what makes him extraordinary. It’s why Pete Buttigieg will be the next President of the United States.
About Sue Ann
Sue Ann Rawlins teaches English to adult English Language Learners. In her spare time, she is a world traveler flying around from her home base in Minneapolis as a standby passenger, meeting online friends. Author of Novel Friends, Sue Ann keeps up with her writings on her site, susieyoungatheart.com