When Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., announced the formation of his 2020 exploratory committee earlier this year, almost no one took him seriously. However, in a matter of a few months, there seems to be a Buttigieg boomlet, with some calling him a "laboratory concoction of what a politician might be." The 37-year-old's resume is quite impressive: a Navy veteran, an alumnus of both Harvard and Oxford, a polyglot fluent in eight languages, a Rhodes scholar, a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and a pianist. Last month, thousands of people gathered in the rain as Buttigieg threw his hat in the presidential primary ring, with the message of "intergenerational justice" and a promise to "usher in a new American spring.” How did this Midwestern millennial whose name no one seemed sure how to pronounce manage to establish himself as a solid contender? Find out here.