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Pete Buttigieg Says Being a Dad is “The Most Demanding Thing" He's Ever Done”

Among his many accolades, Pete Buttigieg has graduated from Harvard and Oxford Universities, served as a Navy intelligence officer, won back-to-back mayoral races in Indiana, ran a leading race for President of the United States, and now he’s the U.S. Transportation Secretary. But this week, he admitted being a father is the most demanding thing he has ever done.


“I used to think of 5 a.m. as early,” Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Thursday’s episode of Morning Joe. “Now, I think of it as naptime, if I’m lucky! And yet, I catch myself grinning half the time… We’re just over the moon.”

New dads Pete and Chasten announced in mid-August that they were going to be expanding their family. In early September 2021, they welcomed their newborn fraternal twin babies, Penelope and Joseph.

“Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’ve become parents,” Buttigieg said on Twitter in September. “We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family.”

Joseph is the name of Pete Buttigieg's late father, a Notre Dame professor who died in 2018 shortly after the couple got married and announced Pete’s presidential campaign.

After a live interview about politics on Thursday morning, Brzezinski said she couldn’t help but ask about Sec. Buttigieg’s life as a new dad, and what has surprised him the most so far about parenting.

“It’s been wonderful,” he responded. “It’s everything people tell you to expect, and more. I think the biggest thing that surprised me is just how much joy there is, even sometimes in the hard parts. Don’t get me wrong… It’s the most demanding thing I think that I’ve ever done, that Chasten and I had ever taken on, but it’s just amazing.”

Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, Brit started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.

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