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"Thank you Iowa! "

Delays in reporting the results of the Iowa caucuses forced the candidates, including Pete Buttigieg, to speak to their supporters without knowing the results. 

Buttigieg spoke in Des Moines at Drake University shortly after 12am Tuesday (Eastern time.) The remarks  came  close to a victory speech without declaring victory.

Here is some of what he had to say. 

Maybe you remember Andy Rooney, an essayist and commentator on CBS’s 60 Minutes? There is no way that I can compete with his voluminous eyebrows, but I often feel akin to his grumpiness. He didn’t have that Eeyore kind of hangdog grumpiness. You know, the “I don’t know, but I don’t think that’s right . . . “ style.  Nooo, Rooney had a fire-in-the-belly, I’m-so-irritated kind of grumpiness that almost made his eyebrows flap in the stout wind generated by his ire. That’s my brand too: a fueled grumpiness. The kind that is fierce, judgmental and self-righteous.