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For better or worse, Buttigieg finds himself in the spotlight

By 01/15/2023 11:55 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

One of the presidential administration’s most visible positions is the transportation secretary.

Traveling the nation, dispersing millions of tax money, and attending dedication ceremonies for new ports, bridges, and overpasses are essential components of the Cabinet’s job.

Pete Buttigieg has spent a lot of time in the national limelight dispensing the generosity of the enormous infrastructure and domestic spending packages, even by those standards.

However, the 2020 Democratic presidential contender and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has also served as the public face of several transportation-related disasters while generating constant curiosity about his potential political future.

During the 40-year-old Buttigieg’s administration, there have been numerous global supply chain problems, congestion at busy ports, numerous instances of large-scale airline flight cancellations, and a nearly-averted nationwide railroad strike that was only stopped by a last-minute congressional intervention.

The most notable transportation accident to date occurred recently.

An internal system known as the Notice to Air Missions, or NOTAM, malfunctioned on Wednesday morning, forcing the temporary suspension of all air traffic in the United States.

The action sparked a chain reaction that caused more than 1,300 flights to be canceled and 9,000 more to be delayed.

Since the attacks of September 11, 2011, it has been the most significant aircraft closure in the United States.

Buttigieg seems to lean on his position as the public face of the troubled American transportation system in front of a historic failure.

When Buttigieg appeared on Wednesday at a Transportation Research Board conference, he addressed the airline scandal before anybody could ask.

Another tough day for American aviation, he said, adding that his department was “now shifting to determining the root of the issue.”

Buttigieg later told reporters, “We’re going to own it.

In an interview with CNN earlier that day, Buttigieg attempted to put a positive light on events by claiming that “part of what you witnessed this morning was an act of caution.”

He recognized, however, that the incident had revealed the urgent need to update critical and outmoded systems.

We must create a system that is immune to these kinds of weaknesses, he said.

Those with the same seat as Buttigieg express specific compassion for his difficulties.

Following Buttigieg’s nomination by President Joe Biden, Ray LaHood, a former Illinois Republican congressman who served as transportation secretary under President Barack Obama for four years, claimed to have met with Buttigieg for 90 minutes.

“I warned him, ‘There will be a catastrophe when you enter and turn on the lights. And there’ll be one or more every day,” LaHood said.

 

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