With crisis after crisis piling up like shipping containers in backlogged ports, the Biden administration has faced questions over the whereabouts of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg who has been missing in action.
The supply chain catastrophe that threatens to drop a lump of coal in the stockings of millions of American children this Christmas requires an all-hands-on-deck approach from the White House and that would seemingly include Buttigieg who has dropped off the radar for the last two months.
Now that even the media can no longer ignore the problems of skyrocketing inflation and rampant shortages and the hashtag “#EmptyShelvesJoe is trending, Politico has divulged the reason why Buttigieg has been invisible, that he is on paid leave to care for the two babies that he and husband Chasten recently adopted.
The Buttigiegs – who are openly gay – announced the news in a Twitter post last month with a picture of the happy couple cuddling the two newborns, Penelope Rose and Joseph August.
Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents. We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family. pic.twitter.com/kS89gb11Ax
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) September 4, 2021
According to Politico, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told West Wing Playbook that Buttigieg was indeed on paid leave.
“For the first four weeks, he was mostly offline except for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation. “He has been ramping up activities since then.”
As he does that, Buttigieg will “continue to take some time over the coming weeks to support his husband and take care of his new children,” Politico reported.
The website went on to list Buttigieg’s recent television appearances and plugged paid leave for new parents, a top priority of the White House which has retained a laser-like focus on a social engineering agenda while the nation’s economy crumbles.
Tucker Carlson skewered Buttigieg on Thursday night’s edition of his popular Fox News program, eliciting piercing shrieks of outrage from leftists.
Tucker Carlson mocks Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave: "Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed, no word on how that went." pic.twitter.com/zFnp6uSser
— nikki mccann screamírez 👻 (@NikkiMcR) October 15, 2021
Noting the White House’s “lack of concern” over the supply chain collapse, Carlson said: “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child – paternity leave they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went. But now he’s back in office as the transportation secretary, and he’s deeply amused, he says, to see that dozens of container ships can’t get into this country.”
Carlson’s remark about Buttigieg being “amused” refers to an interview where he made a joke about all of the kids who will wake up on Christmas morning to find less under the tree than usual, especially when it comes to the coveted wish list items that are in sitting in shipping containers at the nation’s jammed ports.
WATCH: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg makes a joke about how difficult it will be for families to get Christmas presents this year. pic.twitter.com/178YC9aB7m
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Carlson added, “Kind of a funny, little dorky dad story, I wait till the last minute to shop for Christmas. That’s not the point Pete Buttigieg. The point is you’re the transportation secretary and our transportation grid is broken and people can’t get Christmas presents for their kids or food that they want to eat or things that they would like to buy. Our shelves are empty. Is that a problem? No, it’s sort of amusing.”
The official mission statement of the Department of Transportation, which is prominently displayed on its website, is “To improve the quality of life for all American people and communities, from rural to urban, and to increase the productivity and competitiveness of American workers and businesses.”
Buttigieg, whose primary pre-Washington experience was as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is the man who heads that department, and nothing that has happened since he took office has served to “improve the quality of life” for anyone, except himself.
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