November 13th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Gore won't serve in an Obama White House

Gore isn't heading back to the executive branch in an Obama administration.
Gore isn't heading back to the executive branch in an Obama administration.

(CNN) - Al Gore won't be serving in the Obama administration, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

The former vice president, winner of the Nobel prize for his environmental education efforts, had been considered a likely candidate for the post of "climate czar."

"Former Vice President Gore does not intend to seek or accept any formal position in government," Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told the Washington Times. "He feels very strong right now that the best thing for him to do is to build support for the bold changes that we have to make to solve the climate crisis."


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  1. anonymous in Big D

    Gore – what a buffoon! Go away!

    November 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. John

    Palin should take a lesson and fade into obscurity like Gore has. I like the guy but he now knows his place and that is OUT of the public spotlight.

    November 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Krystyn

    Catty-did you just move here?? To the United States I mean. We've had a Drug Czar for about 30 years now...did that slip past you?

    November 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Susan

    Is "climate czar" your choice of words, CNN? A poor choice at best - please clarify.

    November 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Greg in MN

    I think Al has figured out he can do more outside of the White House than he could from the inside.

    And Larry is correct. Being "Czar" has as much to do with being a communist as being "President" has to do with leading Russia. Oops! Did I say that outloud?

    November 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Gracie

    That's OKAY, Sen. Obama is going to call on you when he needs your expertise. YOU are the EXPERT in the field and President-Elect Obama knows WHO he can call on. You keep doing what you do BEST.

    November 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Silence Dogood

    Gore will have a much freer hand staying an outsider. Obama's administration is shaping up so far to be VERY insider, very corporate, and very controlled.

    Someone creative and driven like Gore would do well to stay out of Washington politics as much as possible.

    November 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. david thomas

    Good. Good for President Obama. Good for Al Gore.

    November 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Matt

    You're slipping CNN...your ratio of Palin articles to the rest of the orld's news is getting low

    That being said, keep it up. The best thing you can do for us Dems is keep this waltzing political disaster in the spotlight as long as possible.

    November 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. CRY BABIES

    Catty, you are an idiot

    November 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. T

    Czar what it this?? Russia???

    November 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. maurice

    perhaps gore knows something 66 million people that voted for obama don`t

    November 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Jimmy

    Thats all this country would need is Curious George and Mr. Ed in the same administration.

    November 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. BM

    Even though I voted for Gore, I always thought of him as a bore.

    November 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. BM

    Maybe he can convince Sarah Palin to take the snowmobile back to Alaska. She has worn out her welcome. What a dunce!

    November 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. I need amusement

    Dave, Santa Barbara

    Oh, I hope, I hope, I hope it wasn't just a malfunctioning link that led you to ask , "What does this story have to do with Sarah Palin?"

    However YOU meant it, it made ME LMAO. Thanks!

    November 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Lynda Jones-Owings

    Well, I think that Gore has had his time and allowed the Republican Party to steal the Presidency and I really don't feel that his presense is required. Obama will do well and will select the people who will best support him in the areas that he needs them. He does not need a could have been on his staff hating on him.

    November 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Brian-Omaha

    I wonder if Gore had run for President this year with Hillary and Obama...if we would be saying President-elect Gore right now, instead of Obama...??

    November 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Karen, Arkansas

    I would have thought he being a Democrat and with his work with the enviornment he certainly would have fit in Obama's team. Apparently he wants to be #1.

    November 13, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. bertha doucet

    The endorsedment to obama did't mean a darn thing!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Dee

    I guess he saw the daunting application and backed out, lol. That's too bad. He would have been good. I'm sure he'll still advise informally.

    November 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. dan

    gore,

    change can happen without you.. lol...

    November 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Larry, GA

    Who needs him..Another liberal obsessed with environment. I think he needs to go to North Pole...

    November 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. JeffRey

    What's he got against Obama?

    November 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Ahhhh!!!

    oh, it's probably just CNN working it up to sound like something when it's nothing. If Gore is asked to serve on Obama's administration, do you think he would say no?

    Those politicians all say that....."is not seeking and isn't planning on accepting....." yadda yadda yadda. And when it comes down to it, they say yes.

    Y'all remember Biden saying "I'm not the guy"?

    November 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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