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  • -My next guest is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana,

  • a New York Times best-selling author, and the nominee

  • for United States Secretary of Transportation.

  • It's my pleasure to welcome back to the show

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg!

  • Hey, Mayor Pete, thank you so much

  • for being on our show and coming back.

  • You're in Washington, D.C., right now

  • because you attended the --

  • President Biden's inauguration today.

  • You were the first person I saw this morning to enter almost.

  • How did it feel to be there?

  • -You know, it was amazing.

  • It was moving.

  • It was reassuring to be on those Capitol steps

  • where just two weeks earlier,

  • we'd seen those horrifying images

  • of a mob seeking to take over the Capitol.

  • What we saw today was one of the most important

  • and oldest rituals in American democracy,

  • that transfer of power.

  • And I think for a lot of us,

  • things that maybe we used to think of as boring

  • or take for granted, you know, on a day like this,

  • at a time like this, actually meant a lot,

  • that there was that -- that continuity.

  • The president, I thought, gave a great speech.

  • There were these musical performances,

  • Garth Brooks, J.Lo, Gaga,

  • and also this amazing poet, Amanda Gorman,

  • who really set the tone for the day.

  • So it was a great day.

  • -She was amazing.

  • I saw when you first --

  • You were one of the first people to get there,

  • and I know you probably can't,

  • being where you are and your stature,

  • but I couldn't help but get emotional watching everything.

  • Just even everyone just coming,

  • the way that the Capitol was decorated,

  • it made me so patriotic and so proud,

  • and just seeing the flag flying,

  • and I go yes. It made me so -- It was like, I felt like

  • I was, you know, in a George M. Cohan song or something.

  • -Yeah, you know, I didn't used to care about symbols so much.

  • especially when I was first getting involved

  • in public service when I was mayor.

  • I cared about policy. I cared about getting things done,

  • and events didn't mean as much to me.

  • But I think just with everything we've been through as a country,

  • we realize that those symbols matters.

  • The continuity of it matters,

  • the kind of process that we go through,

  • because it reminds us of the stability of the country.

  • It reminds us what we're trying to protect

  • when we protect American democracy.

  • -What do you think is next for President Biden

  • and how he's going to get the country to unite?

  • -Well, I think we saw in his speech

  • that he's calling out to everybody.

  • He's making clear he wants to be a president for everyone,

  • whether you voted for him or not.

  • But I think in the long run, the best way to unite the country

  • will be to deliver results.

  • I know that's gonna be his focus.

  • The best way I think to bring people together is to make sure

  • that life in this country gets better,

  • that our economy is strong,

  • that there's safety, that there's justice and equity.

  • And there's a ton of work starting right away,

  • and it really starts of course with defeating the pandemic.

  • So it was great that even before the inauguration,

  • as president-elect, he laid out the first steps of that plan.

  • Now as president, he's already working to deliver them,

  • and I'm excited to be part of the team to make that happen.

  • -I don't know if I'll be able to call you Mayor Pete anymore,

  • because hopefully, tomorrow you will be confirmed

  • for the role of Secretary of Transportation.

  • This is a historic nomination.

  • You'll be the first Millennial cabinet member,

  • and you'll also be the first openly gay person

  • to serve in a cabinet position.

  • What does that all mean to you,

  • or have you even thought about it?

  • -Yeah, it means a lot.

  • You know, I can remember being in high school

  • watching on the news

  • when President Clinton nominated someone to be an ambassador

  • who didn't even get the chance to get a vote in the Senate

  • because he was gay.

  • And it sent a message.

  • At that age, I hadn't really thought

  • that I would be serving in public service like I am now,

  • but it sent a message, you know,

  • not only that gay people might be denied a chance to serve

  • but also denied a chance to belong.

  • So the fact that 20-some years later,

  • tomorrow, I'll go before a committee

  • and hopefully receive a vote that will make it possible

  • once the confirmation vote comes up

  • to become a confirmed cabinet member --

  • I just hope that that sends a different, better,

  • opposite message to some kid who's watching right now,

  • that you have every right to belong, every right to serve,

  • every right to be part of this country.

  • -Four years from now, what do you hope

  • that you will have accomplished in the role?

  • -You know, I'd love to be able to look back

  • on a tenure as secretary and say first of all

  • that travel was and remains safe for workers and for travelers,

  • but also above and beyond that,

  • that America restored its leadership role

  • when it came to infrastructure.

  • We've fallen behind. We've been expected to tolerate

  • roads and bridges falling into disrepair,

  • passenger rail being way behind what our fellow --

  • our, you know, counterparts, citizens in other countries

  • are able to enjoy,

  • just a lot of things where we've settled for less,

  • and I think now is a chance to do something about that.

  • I'd love to look back on these years and say

  • this was when electric vehicles became much more widely adopted

  • and the possibilities there

  • with technology around electric vehicles,

  • around automated vehicles if we can get the safety part right,

  • and a whole bunch of other things that are coming

  • could allow us to say that America became better prepared

  • for the climate crisis, more just,

  • and more economically sound

  • because we did what we had to do when it came to infrastructure.

  • I know it's seen as kind of a nerdy topic sometimes.

  • But I think it's one of the most interesting things

  • that is before the administration right now,

  • and I'm really excited to do my part.

  • -Good luck tomorrow, and anything we can do to help --

  • We'd love to have you back on the show whenever.

  • Thank you so much for coming on the show.

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

-My next guest is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana,

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