Riding Around with Beto O’Rourke as He Comes to Grips with a Presidential Run
Could a former punk rocker and web entrepreneur be the candidate to beat Donald Trump?
“Man, I’m just born to be in it.” Beto O’Rourke seemed to come from nowhere to the brink of a presidential candidacy—but he’s been on this journey for his whole life. O’Rourke spoke with Joe Hagan. Photographs by Annie Leibovitz.
“You can probably tell that I want to run,” Beto O’Rourke tells Vanity Fair. “I do. I think I’d be good at it.” O’Rourke opens up about 2020, his loss to Ted Cruz, his childhood, and more.
I convinced Beto O'Rourke to do this cover story after walking up to his house and introducing myself one Sunday afternoon. He was lounging on the front veranda, barefoot in blue jeans and T-shirt, talking on his cell phone.
Beto just brooding, flicking his bangs out of his eyes, looking darkly into camera, and saying, "Maybe I'll still run, brah."
Beto O'Rourke totally understands if you just can't vote for him because he's a white man.
Beto O’Rourke is aware of the fact that he’s a white man in a Democratic Party yearning for a woman or a person of color to transform the White House
Beto O’Rourke on the influence of Dischord record label co-founder and Fugazi front man Ian MacKaye
nails the essence of
> "She does not seem to me to be afraid of making a mistake, or not saying it perfectly and in the process says the most important—I think some of the most important—things anyone can be talking about right now."
Asked if he’s a progressive, Beto O’Rourke affects a 2008-era Obama pose: “I leave that to other people. I’m not into labels.”
“I’m flying high over Tupelo, Mississippi with America’s hottest band, and we’re all about to die.”
I've been a bit Beto-agnostic but good to see him saying this about
. It suggests he gets something pretty fundamental about the changing nature of US politics
A desire to escape his father’s shadow drove some of Beto O’Rourke’s youthful decisions: “I wanted out. I wanted out of the house. I wanted away from him and his shadow.”
Beto rollout gets the Vanity Fair treatment, Annie Leibovitz and all.
. Making determinations about electoral fitness on account of a candidates race and/or gender is universally abhorrent. This is basic. It's a big deal if you're getting this wrong.
“The more he talks, the more he likes the sound of what he’s saying. ‘I want to be in it,’ he says, now leaning forward. ‘Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.’”
Lol the journos are trying to get me to like Beto by telling me he listens to Dylan and the Clash — so you are telling me he owns a copy of LONDON CALLING, just like every other living human?
Kamala Harris is going to skin him, fry him in butter, and devour him like a hungry Frenchman on a frog
I have to say it is really not clear to me from
is running for president