His campaign team are likely to be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of facing off against Sanders.
Still a long shot for the candidacy, this development means that Buttigieg is a name you will be hearing much more about in the weeks and months to come.
A portion of his 2016 voters are unimpressed and wavering – but the President’s fate is not settled. Particularly as the Democrats are yet to agree a candidate.
The White House attack on “the squad” risks turning out Democratic voters as a natural by-product of seeking to turn out Republicans.
Hopefuls should remember that what plays well in the primaries may be un-deliverable from the White House.
The Democrats love to portray their Republican opponents as the tools of big business, but they themselves are up to their necks in big money politics