Though the transportation secretary makes $221,400, in line with authorities wage knowledge launched in January, the Buttigiegs’ life as a cupboard household contrasts with a few of their most notable predecessors who lived in suites within the high-end Jefferson Resort, like Robert E. Rubin, the Clinton-era Treasury secretary, or in multimillion-dollar houses within the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, like a number of members of Mr. Trump’s cupboard and internal circle. Neither is Mr. Buttigieg aware of Washington’s customs and unstated guidelines. It’s unclear what sort of pointers and ideas he’ll get from his direct predecessor within the transportation partner division, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican minority chief and husband of Elaine Chao.
“It looks like that is perhaps a spot the place innocence goes to die,” Mr. Buttigieg mentioned of the components of Washington he’s now aware of.
In a much-photographed interplay, he just lately received espresso with Mr. Emhoff to speak about discovering new initiatives and adjusting to life within the capital, the place the Buttigiegs moved from South Bend, Ind.
“Generally you simply must get out of the home,” he mentioned, “and test in with someone.”
Some days, whereas his husband is at work or fielding Zoom calls from the bed room, Mr. Buttigieg, who’s adapting his memoir, “I Have One thing to Inform You,” for youthful readers, takes the canines out. Buddy and Truman have expansive social media profiles, and Mr. Buttigieg is commonly mistaken because the canine walker by followers.
(“‘What’s it prefer to stroll Pete’s canines?’” he mentioned he’s requested. “It’s a residing,” is his response.)
Balancing his life as a political partner together with his personal id has been trickier than he’d imagined.
“Pete is getting up within the morning, going to work and doing the factor that makes him actually comfortable,” Mr. Buttigieg mentioned. “That factor for me was getting up and going to high school day by day. Now I’ve to determine if that’s one thing I can return to.”