November 27th, 2007
09:42 AM ET
7 years ago

Awkward? Bush meets Gore at White House

Gore made a visit to the White House Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore's visit back to the Oval Office Monday could have been an awkward one. Gore and the White House’s current occupant, President Bush, had fought a bitter presidential contest in 2000 from the ballot box to the courthouse.

But the former presidential rivals showed no sign of any lingering hard feelings, as Bush welcomed Gore and other 2007 Nobel Prize winners to the White House. Gore was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize last month for his work in highlighting the effects of global warming – an issue where he and the president have very different views on how the United States should respond.

Gore and the president met privately before the reception Monday, and according to White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, there is no bad blood between the two.

"I know that this president does not harbor any resentments," She said. "He never has. He was the one who picked up the phone, to call Vice President Gore to make sure that he could make it."

Perino refused to reveal what the two had discussed – and with a slip of the tongue gave the former vice president a temporary, unplanned promotion. "They have a private meeting and I'm not going to intrude on that," she said. "Obviously, President Gore – Vice President Gore will bring up anything he wants to bring up."

Meanwhile, Gore called the president gracious in the meeting, according to the Associated Press.

"He was very gracious in setting up the meeting and it was a very good and substantive conversation," he said. "And that's all I want to say about it."

– CNN's Tom Foreman and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


Filed under: Al Gore • President Bush
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Ron Klemp, Culver City, CA

    Hmmm, America, aren't you thinking back to 2000 and the hanging chad? Let's see, deeper in debt, deep in an uncessary war, and where are we global warming? Hopefully we learned something...albeit the hard way.

    November 27, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Actually the popular vote DOES count for something. The electoral college is outdated, something I've thought since before 2000. One person = one vote, this is how it should be.

    November 27, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Tre_D

    Don't believe it! They're still mad at each other........

    November 27, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Sandman, Des Moines IA

    Good Lord I need to figure out some kind of junk science too! Then, when I've snowed everyone on it, I can set up a company to sell a way to make up for the so-called damage that you do. Anyone care to look into the company that sells 'carbon off-sets'? algore owns the company, that's pretty nifty isn't it?

    November 27, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. pat huntington ny

    Bush won the only vote that mattered: the electoral college. The popular vote is irrelevant and I wish people who should know better would acknowledge that. If you are of voting age, you should at least know how voting works.

    Posted By Lance, Beaverton, OR : November 27, 2007 12:44 pm
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    Not necessarily true...if the recount was permitted then it would've been clear that Gore won Florida.

    November 27, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Seeing those two together causes one to speculate. What if Al Gore had become president in 2000? (Note I did not say, "What if Al Gore had won the election. He did win the election. He just didn't become president.)

    Would the nation be in as big a mess now? I doubt that we would have invaded Iraq. I doubt that we would have added 3 trillion to the national debt. I doubt that the nations of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia would hold us in the contempt they now do.

    An ironic thought is that the Republican Party would be much stronger now. It was the image of our fumbling, bumbling, stumbling, lackwit policy in Iraq that has turned voters against the Republicans. The pedophile Congressman, the toe-tapping Senator, and the former Republican Congressmen that are now in the slammer didn't help, but they weren't devastating.

    November 27, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Bush won the only vote that mattered: the electoral college. The popular vote is irrelevant and I wish people who should know better would acknowledge that. If you are of voting age, you should at least know how voting works.

    Posted By Lance, Beaverton, OR : November 27, 2007 12:44 pm

    And if YOU have half a brain, you'd understand how the 2000 Election was stolen, thanks to five Supreme Court Justices appointed by RepubliKKKans.

    November 27, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Robb, New York

    Should have been President Gore. Could have been President Gore. Would have been President Gore. And I don't care what the Republicans might say, he would have been a good leader.

    November 27, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. John, Richmond, VA

    I love the "what if" folks out there. No one knows what would have happened had Gore won the WH. Things could be better, BUT, they could be worse too. The UN sanctions on Iraq totally collapsed; Saddam reinstated his WMD program and an arms race with Iran ensued; Gore invaded Afghanistan and since it was his focal point for our war on terror, militants stormed the country thus becoming a quagmire (as it was for the Soviet Union) for the US in mountainous territory,
    Anyone can surmise what could have happened, so what?! Pure speculation...that's all it is. Let historians hash it out a generation, or more, removed.

    November 27, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Steve in SC

    If Al Gore had won his own state and Ohio, Florida would have never mattered

    November 27, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Jenny Chicago

    Hillarious you DUMBOCRATS keep saying the election was stolen, no the Florida Supreme Court(very liberal ct) tried to steal it for Gore and the Supreme Ct(it was very left judges voting in favor of Bush) did the right thing. Listen Dems if Gore had really won the vote in Florida we would now about it, countless newpapers,watchdog groups and lobby firms have investigated this and all confirm bush won florida. SO get over it,,,love to hear you guys explain JFK victory in Chicago with more than 100k dead people voting for Kennedy????Liberals are pathetic hypocrits....

    November 27, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Wayne, Greenville TX : November 27, 2007 2:45 pm

    There you go again Wayne.

    Care to discuss the fact that a few liberal newspapers actually paid independent groups and they counted Florida's votes and Bush won.

    They were so sure that Gore was going to win the recount they paid to do it and sorry buddy, Bush won.

    Care to discuss the FACT that Al Gore went to court to throw out all of the absentee ballots, you know the ones that are mostly from OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OVERSEAS? How nice of him.

    So if the supreme court was filled with democratic appointees and they stopped the stupidity, you all would be saying the process was above board and the system worked the way it should? Of course you would.

    November 27, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. UR RIDICULOUS, Ferndale, MI

    What does the weather have to do with world peace?

    November 27, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Juan, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    And if YOU have half a brain, you'd understand how the 2000 Election was stolen,

    If the election was stolen, then how did Bush get re-elected by an even larger margin and larger voter turnout?

    November 27, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Mike, Milwaukee

    Bush won the only vote that mattered: the electoral college. The popular vote is irrelevant and I wish people who should know better would acknowledge that. If you are of voting age, you should at least know how voting works.

    Posted By Lance, Beaverton, OR : November 27, 2007 12:44 pm
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    Number one, Vice-President Gore was awarded the electoral votes of florida at first but then, Dubya called his brother and set up sheat-shop so the networks pulled the decision.

    Number two, the slim margin of 527 votes, was clearly enough for the Vice-President to ask for a recount, knowing that the election could've been snatched from Georgie with a recount, he flew dozens of lawyers from Texas to Florida and cried fowl, the Florida Supreme court ignored him, then the fight went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, were Ms. Sandra Day O'Conner was quoted saying that she had enough of the Clinton-Gore era and was going to side with the Ring-Wingers in stopping the fair and balanced recount......

    if Geoge Bush was so confident that he has won Florida, a recount should not have been out of the question

    November 27, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Chip Celina OH

    I love the election was stolen theory. I lived in Florida during 2000 and was amazed how the local news broke in before the returns were final with a group of ladies from down around Lauderdale, talking about how they voted wrongly and how confusing the ballots were.

    It was hard for me to swallow that a group of ladies that can go to lunch together, get everything on one tab and figure out who owes what, including tax and gratuity without pen or paper lack the ability to put an X by a name.

    When the early returns showed that their boy was not in the lead, the protests came. I asked myself: "If I was confused, why not ask for help? If my ballot was incorrect, can I get this one destroyed and get another? If I screwed up the simplest of tasks, would I have the guts to go on national TV and advertise how stupid I was because I lack the skills necessary to put an X by a name?"

    When I saw that I figured the fix was in, if Gore lost the Dems would use their typical "take it through the courts and let the 'rule of law' sort matters out."

    In this instance the gambit didn't pan out as expected. How did that group KNOW that their ballots were marked incorrectly thereby making a recount necessary? How did they know that the other folks in their community didn't vote differently and that they weren't simply among the 49% that voted one way?

    Ask yourself this, there's a hotly contested issue in your community and polling showed that 49.9% were for and 50.1% against. Election day comes and with 20% of the ballots counted in your neighborhood it's 51.2 to 48.8, would you stand out in the street and proclaim to all of your neighbors "This isn't right, I think I screwed my ballot up because we should be passing this resolution"!

    Conspiracy theories are like opinions, anyone can make one up if they want. Get over it and look forward!

    Have a great day!

    November 27, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. pat huntington ny

    Bush: "Hey there Al boy...I'm in a real pickle with that Iraq thing...can ya help me?"

    Gore: "It's an inconvenient truth that you messed things up really bad! So, no f'n way! Things are so bad in this country and the world becaus of you I chose not to clean up your mess by running and winning the presdency next year!"

    November 27, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Wayne, Greenville TX (but steeped in reality and truth)

    Care to discuss the FACT that Al Gore went to court to throw out all of the absentee ballots, you know the ones that are mostly from OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OVERSEAS?

    Posted By Tom – Dedham, Mass : November 27, 2007 3:35 pm

    You mean the absentee ballots that were postmarked AFTER Election Day that commanding officers ordered their troops to submit in order to throw the election to the GOP?

    November 27, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Alice, VA

    "Had the American people voted for Gore, there would be NO IRAQ WAR today. Its time for America to wake up and elect INTELLIGENT presidents.

    Posted By Disgusted in Canada"

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    OMG, more nonsense from north of the border. What's the matter, got some spare time to blog on our sites while standing in line for medical care?

    November 27, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Bill, Bloomington IL

    The only way Gore could get into the White House. His home state knew he was a loser which is how he lost the election.

    November 27, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Sandman, Des Moines IA

    algore has only snowed a bunch of dummies into believing the sky is falling, then with his other hand has you all buying carbon offsets from HIS company. how does that feel?

    November 27, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Clintonliedandpeopledied, Fresno Cal.

    Thank God Gore wasn't able to steal the election from President Bush. The thought of having Owl Gore in office is disturbing.

    November 28, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  23. Mike, Coarsegold, Cal

    Gore tried to steal the election from President Bush. The thought of 'President' Owl Gore is very disturbing.

    November 28, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  24. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    Try to imagine what the U.S. would be like if Gore had won.

    We would probably have cleaned up Afganistan and worked on the Terrorist around the world.
    Tens of thousands of dead would still be alive, thousand would not have been maimed and the national debt would probably only be $5 trillion instead of $9 trillion.
    Not to mention that the U.S. might still have a portion of the moral high ground.

    November 28, 2007 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  25. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Santosh-Phila, PA : November 27, 2007 3:17 pm

    Thanks for posting those links, doesn't matter to these geniuses what the real facts are, but again they do have BDS.

    November 28, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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