And yet the guest-hosting gig was—for a viewer who may have watched out of curiosity, mostly exhausted from politics and coronavirus news—kind of soothing. (This may be a Buttigieg talent that transcends species: My anxious little dog whimpered during the debates whenever Mike Bloomberg or Amy Klobuchar spoke, but when Buttigieg talked, he settled right down and relaxed.) And though Buttigieg’s speech patterns have been compared to Obama’s, he’s closer to the opposite of cool and embraces that…
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But Buttigieg’s geeked out interview with Patrick Stewart, the acclaimed actor who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek franchise, may have cemented his new role as a talk show host. The banter between the two let Buttigieg’s personality shine through from behind the stiff facade of a presidential candidate.
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Unsurprisingly, Buttigieg is an attentive interviewer — showing himself in one night to be a better listener and banter-maker, I’d wager, than NBC’s Jimmy Fallon has ever been. Of course, the show picked a dream guest for Buttigieg, the lifelong nerd: Sir Patrick Stewart, currently reprising his role as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in CBS All Access’s “Star Trek: Picard.”
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