Buttigieg described his “personal love of transportation” in a speech at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, before noting that he now recommended it to her husband, Chasten, at one of the airport terminals.
“Traveling in my head is synonymous with growth, adventure – and even love. So much so that I suggested it to my husband, Chasten, at an airport terminal,” she said. “Don’t let anyone tell you that O’Hare isn’t romantic.”
The airport quickly returned the message:
United Airlines similarly embraced Buttigieg’s comments and tweeted a photo of the B5 gate where he suggested it.
“It was B5,” the airline said. “Evidence that love is actually ubiquitous.”
Buttigieg wrote in his 2019 memoir “The Shortest Way Home” that he chose a proposal at the B5 gate because Chasten said he was exchanging time between herds of exchange students when he first noticed my profile on his phone and started talking to me. “
“It doesn’t sound romantic to those who don’t know us, but I chose a place behind the gate agent’s desk, a three-foot-wide zone by the window where there’s something resembling privacy while looking at the asphalt. In some ways, O’Hare put together us, “he said.
“Plus, the semi-secluded space in the middle of the busy hall was symbolic of what our common life would be like.”
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Buttigieg would be the first LGBTQ cabinet secretary approved by the chamber.
He said on Wednesday he remembered when he was attacked as a teenager when James Hormel was attacked and refused to vote in the Senate to serve as President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Luxembourg because he was gay. (Clinton eventually appointed Hormel by recession.)
“Two decades later, I can’t help but think of a 17-year-old man somewhere who may be watching us now, someone who is wondering where and where they belong in the world, or even in his own family. And I’m thinking about that message, which today’s announcement sends them, ”Buttigieg said.
CNN’s Kate Sullivan contributed to the report.