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