A Wired piece featuring an interview with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg glowingly described the politician as a towering intellect.
The subhead refers to Buttigieg's "voluminous mind," the first line of the puff piece suggests that his mind "holds much of its functionality in reserve," and the second paragraph continues the trend by referring to Buttigieg's "cathedral mind" and declaring that his role in the Biden administration demands "only a modest portion of his cognitive powers."
A Wired tweet that links to the piece described the man as possessing "a remarkable blend of intellect and empathy."
Buttigieg, who has previously served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, mounted a White House bid in 2019 but dropped out the next year and endorsed Joe Biden.
"THE CURIOUS MIND of Pete Buttigieg holds much of its functionality in reserve. Even as he discusses railroads and airlines, down to the pointillist data that is his current stock-in-trade, the US secretary of transportation comes off like a Mensa black card holder who might have a secret Go habit or a three-second Rubik’s Cube solution or a knack for supplying, off the top of his head, the day of the week for a random date in 1404, along with a non-condescending history of the Julian and Gregorian calendars," Wired contributor Virginia Heffernan wrote.
"As Secretary Buttigieg and I talked in his underfurnished corner office one afternoon in early spring, I slowly became aware that his cabinet job requires only a modest portion of his cognitive powers. Other mental facilities, no kidding, are apportioned to the Iliad, Puritan historiography, and Knausgaard’s Spring—though not in the original Norwegian (slacker). Fortunately, he was willing to devote yet another apse in his cathedral mind to making his ideas about three mighty themes—neoliberalism, masculinity, and Christianity—intelligible to me," she added.
During an interview last month with an Indiana TV station, Buttigieg did not give a clearcut "yes" or "no" response when fielding a question about whether he would like to serve another term in his current role if Biden is re-elected.
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