Sunday, February 25, 2007
The 2000 recount, revisited
As former vice president Al Gore and "An Inconvenient Truth" winners entered the press room, a reporter raised his hand to ask a question.

"Mr. President ... " he began.

The crowd chuckled and Gore did a mock "Who, me?"

Gore said, "I was president of the senate, so it was all right."
Well in my book he is the president!

And...he could hands down beat Hillary, Obama and all the rest...go Gore!!
Crowded Blog you have here T.
Gore is making a fool of himself and the Oscars...this is NOT a political event, I feel the show is revolving around him and detracting from the TRUE talent of the evening. I find him purely disgusting.
Wow - I wonder how the world and this country may have been different if - only if - Gore had won the race in 2000. It's very difficult to say, but one would hope things wouldn't be quite so bad....
This new Gore is a much better version than the old one. Much more relaxed, and funny, and now an Oscar winner to boot! Well done, Al!
i wonder what you think about the best original song award? "who? the inconvenient truth?"
Damn right! things would have been so much better had he been our president.
With all the speculation over whether Al Gore might announce his candidacy, I would have loved him to repeat this line at the Oscars, similar to one once used by John Kerry:

"People have been wondering whether I might announce my candidacy for the most powerful office in the world. Tonight I will end all speculation. I will definitely NOT make a run for the office of Secretary of State of Florida."
I hope Al Gore spoke loudly and clearly to the theatre full of energy-wasting movie millionaires who live in their 10,000 square foot homes and who use who knows how much electricity/gasoline in their daily lives in order to "look good" for themselves. No telling how much each of them used just today to get around (in limousines, etc.) to all of their many "appointments" in order to prepare for Oscar night. He's telling America to wake up? He stood in front of the biggest, wasteful group of individuals in America, but of course he loves them -- they are all self-centered liberals.
I am from Palm Beach County, Florida, land of the "hanging chads"! The comment about Gore being called "Mr. President" still hits home for me!!!

George Bush and our, then governor, his brother, Jeb Bush...made us look like disabled jerks....all the while using it as a viable way to take the votes right out of our hands!

Just think...had Gore won...we might not have a fiscal debt of TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS in our treasury, we wouldn't have found a way to go to war...for no reason!

Hundreds of thousands of people would not be DEAD, MAIMED, OR PSYCHOLOGICALL DAMAGED FOR LIFE, Millions of people would not be DISPLACED to other countries living as refugees!

We wouldn't have had to borrow money from 12 foreign countries owing (the top 3)Japan ($600 BILLION), Communist China ($300 BILLION), U.K. (England) ($200 BILLION) AND NINE MORE COUNTRIES!

We wouldn't have had to siphon-off over $4.1 TRILLION FROM THE FEDERAL TRUST FUNDS...including but not limited to: SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST FUND ($1.4 TRILLION), MILITARY RETIREMENT TRUST FUND, FEDERAL EMPLOYEE TRUST FUND, RAILROAD RETIREMENT TRUST FUND, AMERICAN INDIAN TRUST FUND...AND MORE!

Maybe we wouldn't have given TAX INCENTIVES to CORPORATIONS to go abroad and outsource over 400,000 SERVICE jobs, over 491,000 MANUFACTURING Jobs,AND 830,000 WHITE COLLAR Jobs and more!!!

Maybe the RICH wouldn't have so many tax loopholes and getting richer on the backs of the lower and middle classes...leaving the middle class to move even lower than before!!!

It's much more than GLOBAL WARMING, although that is hugely important. It is the loss of AMERICA'S REPUTATION, AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE IN MANUFACTURING, AMERICA'S ABILITY TO PROTECT ITSELF HERE ON OUR GROUND, THE VALUE AMERICA'S DOLLAR, AND...the whole premise by which this country was established...THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY!

THERE IS MUCH MORE...BUT THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ROOM FOR THE INFORMATION THAT I HAVE, AND THE RAGE THAT I FEEL ABOUT...HOW AMERICAN'S AND OTHERS ARE BEING TREATED AND ABOUT OUR TARNISHED IMAGE...THE DEMOCRACY THAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO HAVE A RIGHT TO AS CITIZENS! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Well... He _should_ be president, for real. The modern era of our electoral college.
It's interesting for me to think hypothetically about what might have been, and obvious that many others feel the same.

We needn't think for long to see what Bush has done wrong, and it's not difficult to see what Gore has done right. Flip that around, if Gore had been elected instead of Bush, clearly, Bush would not have been able to do all the unfortunate things he has. However, had Gore been in office, would he have been able to work on these environmental issues and others that have been so impacting on our country?

Consider that Bush had NOTHING to do with 9/11. His reaction was one which Gore, and the majority of the rest of the world, supported- overthrowing the Taliban. However, because Bush does, people tend to lump Afghanistan and Iraq together. It is clear to most that these are not linked, but we still think of Bush's actions as being categorical and say that he oughtn't have ever done anything he has.

Gore, if he had been elected, would have faced many of the same pressures that Bush has, and to top it off, he would have recieved the same intelligence that Bush did in deciding to go to Iraq.

There is speculation as to whether Bush actively or passivley ignored contrary evidence, but it was ignored nonetheless. The fact remains that we'll never know how Gore would have handled that information.

In esscence, what I'm arguing is that though it's easy to fault Bush and praise Gore, it is NOT easy to do so if the situation were flipped.

Stop dwelling on the past, and work toward positive change for the future! If there's ANYTHING that Gore has taught us, it is EXACTLY THIS!!

There is little doubt in my mind that he COULD win the presidency if he ran, but there is serious doubt as to whether or not he OUGHT to run. Consider how much good he has done outside the plitical BS of Washington as compared to the amount he could do within it, and THEN offer your support.
Some of you really need to get a life. This was an Oscar show, the more people like Gore politicize the entertainment industry, the more people they push away.

Get over it, it's 2007 folks.
I liked Al Gore before he made that Borat-movie. Aiii!!!
I think it is rediculous that he was even nominated. It truly shows how backwards Hollywood really is. His film is based on half truths as are most environmental issues regardless of which side they represent. But hey, he is a politician. Who expects them to tell the truth.
I find it very tasteful that he did not use the speech to announce a political campaign. It was a simple thank you and it acknowledged the subject of his film.

Gore did not use the event for anything more than it actually was - a celebration of film making.

I respect him more because of it.
Well said Bonnie...

Thank You !
<...made us look like disabled jerks>

Careful about discriminatory comments like this. The disabled do not look like jerks...except to those who are unhappy with the way they look themselves.

Don, NY, NY
It was good Gore just took the comment playfully, and didn't get all political.

As for 2000.... The "system" worked in avoiding civil war here. However, it created catastrophe elsewhere. The previous comments of seperating Afghanistan & Iraq are dead on. Next comes Iran & Pakistan. Good gosh, no more Texans for president, please!
Despite Gore's movie, there is still no scientific proof regarding global warming. Here's an inconvenient truth for you Al...if the world is getting so much hotter, how come this is the coldest winter I can recall in years? I'm SO glad Al was never elected, Bush may not be the brightest...but Gore tries to pass off "likelihoods" as facts. Good thing he's turning to Hollywood...the land of lies.
YES, WE SHOULD RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING. DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR THE "OSCAR'S EVENING". TOO MUCH GRANDSTANDING AND POLITICIZING. HOW ELSE WOULD MELISSA'S SONG HAVE WON??? RIDICULOUS.
AND, AS LONG AS HOLLYWOOD DOESN'T PARK IT'S HUMMERS AND TURNS OFF HEAT AND AIR IN IT'S MANSIONS....WELL IT'S JUST EMPTY PUBLICITY SEEKING, AND MAKES THE LOT OF THEM LOOK LIKE FRAUDS.
I was one of the many who lost sleep over the incredulous result of Election 2000. Al Gore was not destined to be President of our country. The man has a larger mission: to educate and save us from destroying our planet. Nobel Prize?!
Ms. Bato,

Did you even see the documentary? Well until you are able to explain the rising water levels with anything other than rising temperatures causing the polar ice caps to melt, you cannot possibly do justice to your argument. Just because it has been "unusually cold" where you live is hardly a reason to refute global warming. In fact, it is exactly our effects on the environment that are causing these erratic changes in the climate. So please, do the world a favor and reconsider your position taking into account the vast amounts of data available demonstrating the devastating effects of the very-real global warming.
..if the world is getting so much hotter, how come this is the coldest winter I can recall in years?

Sigh...example of people only using their limited experience ...in the rest of the world it has been the warmest winter. Please if you are not informed, do not make statements that only show your ignorance of the world.
I think most normal people have had enough of Al Gore in fact I had enough when he was Clnton's sidekick or whatever he was.
Based on the process America uses to count votes, Bush won. He is the president. Get over it. Damn.
Nonsense!. It looks as though self-righteous Hollywood actually believes Al Gore was elected president. Even Nixon, who had legitimate gripes about vote fraud in the Nixon/Kennedy election of 1960, didn't stoop to Gore's skullduggery following the 2000 election. Only Hollywood could both invent something that didn't happen, then believe it. Get real.
It's people like Bato and the others like her who help America's reputation for ignorance and idiocy. I can picture her sitting in her home, watching Fox news, listenning to Limbaugh and reading Ann Coulter, completely unware of the REAL world around her. Put down your TV Guide, honey, and pick up TIME or the New York Times. Ignorant PIGS.
It is 100% absolutely true that Al Gore is using hollywood to push his message. Who else is going to plug it, beyond the millions who have seen and agree with movie, as well as the vast scientific proof that global warming exists. Shame on Al Gore for bringing something ACTUALLY IMPORTANT to the forefront of our minds. Maybe we should start looking at how we are affecting our planet negatively rather than focus on gay marriage, stem cell research, war, oil, etc.
If Al Gore DOESN'T run for President now that he has been shown as a charismatic, brilliant man and leader, it's obvious that he's doing this beyond political reasons. If he DOES run for President, it's obvious that he's a political genius.
Hollywood has always been known as a political muscle because people WATCH MOVIES and LOVE ACTORS/ACTRESSES. They have lots of money, and thus can afford to incorporate themselves into these types of causes.
Thank God Al Gore stepped up on the stage and got some recognition for actually doing something worthwhile and progressive, while the government is staged to collapse in on itself.
Otherwise, we probably would've had to endure ANOTHER waste-of-time monologue by Ellen...
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