Make room on the mantle, Tipper, because Daddy just bagged some more gold!
Coming off a white-hot year where his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” has been honored with two Oscars, an Emmy and even a Grammy nomination for Melissa Etheridge’s rocking theme song, the man who would be president in 2000, former Vice President Al Gore, has now won his most prestigious award of all…the Nobel Peace Prize!
Honored for his work on climate control issues “President” Gore shares the award with the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has already vowed to donate his share of the prize money — half of a whopping $1.5 million — to the bi-partisan, non-profit Alliance For Climate Protection.
Go on with your bad self, Mr. Greenjeans!
So, in honor of “President” Gore’s big day, we thought we’d run a picture we took of him at a book signing last year at the now-defunct Dutton’s in Beverly Hills. Mr. Gore signed two copies of his beautiful, recycled-paper book version of “An Inconvenient Truth” for us that day (one for Christine and I, and one for our friend James).
Super friendly, Mr. Gore even answered my query about whether or not he had been to Dollywood (I mean, hello, he is from Tennessee…) with a surprised chuckle and an easy smile.
“Well, yes, I have. Have you?” he replied. I answered that I had indeed been and found Dollywood to be “totally awesome.” He laughed again then had me promptly muzzled and dragged from the building by security (not really).
Anyway, congrats on your Nobel Prize, Señor Presidente and here’s hoping you take the advice of our friends at www.draftgore.com (that’s a sampling of their recent full-page ad in the NY Times pictured above) and make another run for the big house in ’08.
If ever there was a reason to bring back the draft, this is it, dude. Go, Gore!