August 29, 2008 |
On the final night of the nominating convention, Barack Obama turned to one of the party's most potent symbols of loss: Al Gore. Gore's narrow defeat to George W. Bush in 2000 remains an open wound for many Democrats, and the former vice president wasted little time invoking the bitter outcome of that election and its consequences. "Eight years ago, some said there was not much difference between the nominees of the two major parties and it didn't really matter who became president," Gore said from the main stage of the packed Invesco Field in downtown Denver.
August 29, 2008 |
For its final and by definition historic night the Democrats moved their convention to Denver's Invesco Field -- a move meant to express the party's oneness with the people, but a choice not without pitfalls. There was the danger of seeming too pretentious on the one hand, too rock 'n' roll on the other, but also of diffusing the ricocheting energy one can generate in a contained meeting hall in a huge open space built for sports. And it invited ridicule from an opposition that earlier mocked Barack Obama's Berlin love parade, that cast him as a celebrity without substance.
June 19, 2008 |
It was a foregone conclusion that Barack Obama would receive an official blessing from Al Gore. The question was when and where. The ringing endorsement Gore bestowed this week came later than might have been expected, but the real surprise was the setting: Detroit, the leading city in the one state where words from perhaps the world's best-known advocate for transforming oil-based economies might be greeted with chagrin.
May 19, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- When screenwriter Danny Strong started interviewing the protagonists of the 2000 presidential recount two years ago for his HBO movie on the subject, Ron Klain had one request. "I told him that my only real interest in this film is if you tell me it's going to have a different ending," said Klain, who was then-Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's senior legal advisor in Florida. But Strong was not interested in rewriting history.
April 17, 2008 |
Sometimes, it takes a polar bear to make a musical work. That's what director John-David Keller discovered when he commissioned playwright Richard Hellesen to write a new play for South Coast Repertory's Educational Touring Production. "Our initial idea was a play about conserving energy, but then we started getting into global warming," says Keller. "We were debating what had more punch for kids -- but once Richard introduced the polar bear, well, things just took off."
February 15, 2008 |
Jimmy Carter did it. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton did too. And now Barack Obama has become part of a long-standing political tradition: He snared a Grammy. Obama won his prize Sunday for the audio recording of his book "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream." It's an honor that has been fairly regularly bestowed on Democratic politicians.
January 18, 2008 |
There is something charming about a man who loses the race for president and can joke about it. After the sting of his 2000 loss, Al Gore often told audiences, "I used to be the next president of the United States. " And after Bob Dole lost to President Clinton in 1996, the former Kansas senator would say, "I slept like a baby. Woke up crying every two hours. " Into that fine tradition comes Sen. John F. Kerry, who campaigned Thursday with Michelle Obama in the common room of a Las Vegas condominium complex.
December 11, 2007 |
Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment. The United States and China, the world's leading emitters of greenhouse gases, will stand accountable before history if they don't take the lead in that global challenge, the former vice president said. "Without realizing it, we have begun to wage war on the Earth itself," Gore said in his acceptance speech.
October 16, 2007
Re "Peace prize for Gore stirs hope and speculation," Oct. 13 On news of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, former Vice President Al Gore said, "The climate crisis is not a political issue." Flat wrong. We are faced with resistance in Congress, the White House and a corporate-based quarter made up of both Republicans and Democrats bought and paid for by lobbyists in energy, transportation and other sectors.
October 13, 2007 |
When Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, conservatives reacted with apoplexy. Talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, conservative bloggers and other Republican faithful denounced the prize as a fraud. You might wonder why they care so much -- Gore, after all, is obviously not going to run for president, and even some conservatives now concede that global warming is real. The answer is that Gore's triumph is a measure of George W. Bush's disrepute.