If he has to add canned applause as a candidate, what kind of president will Mayor Pete be?

If he has to add canned applause as a candidate, what kind of president will Mayor Pete be?
Pete Buttigieg (Image: YouTube screen grab via NBC News)

It’s easy to understand the genesis of the incident. It probably started off something like this: Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg and his speechwriters are brainstorming for a townhall in Manchester, N.H. The collaboration ultimately leads to a line that is sure to bring down the house.

The night of the event arrives. An audience member at St. Anselm College unwittingly provides the prompt, asking, “What advantages and limitations does your age grant you to being the next president?”

Mayor Pete seizes the opportunity. Feigning spontaneity, he replies:

Statistically, we run the risk of being the first generation in American history to actually be worse off economically than our parents if nothing is done to change the trajectory of this economy.  To me, that is not just a concern for our generation. It’s a concern that calls on us to build an alliance among all generations, to try to make sure that the future really is better than the past.

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Buttigieg exhales and awaits the thunderous applause. Instead, crickets. Or at the very best, a slight but respectful smacking of hands.

How does the campaign react? Have a look:

Did you notice the vigorous applause as Buttigieg completed his comment?

A group called Center for Popular Democracy Action, which supports Bernie Sanders, did. They released side-by-side clips. The one on the right is the doctored video. The one on the left is the original from CNN.

(h/t Joe Concha, The Hill)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.