December 8th, 2008
05:31 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama, Gore meeting raises eyebrows

Gore is meeting with Obama Tuesday.

Gore is meeting with Obama Tuesday.

(CNN) - Former Vice President Al Gore is set to meet with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, a move that's likely to unleash a wave of speculation that the incoming president is eyeing Gore for a slot in his administration.

According to the Obama transition office, the meeting will focus on issues relating to energy and climate change, and how the new administration's environmental policies can spur job creation.

Democratic officials have said Obama is not looking to tap Gore for a Cabinet-level post or any other position in the administration.

A Gore appointment would almost certainly be greeted with celebration from members of party's liberal wing, many of whom are still angered he lost the White House in 2000 despite wining the popular vote.

Gore has also rocketed to stardom in the years since his failed presidential bid, winning a Nobel Peace Prize last year for his work to raise awareness on the dangers of global warming. The former vice president also was involved in making a documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," which won two Oscars in 2007.

But Gore, who has made millions in the private sector since his days at the White House during stints on corporate boards - including Apple Inc. - and partnerships at venture capital firms, has suggested he has little interest in returning to government. A spokesman for Gore flatly said last week the former vice president has no interest in serving the Obama administration.

Nonetheless, Gore's high profile visit to Chicago is raising eyebrows, even among some of Gore's close advisers.

"The Gore trip is for more than just a chat," a close friend of Gore told CNN's John King. "He wouldn't burn that much carbon flying to Chicago just to talk."

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Larry C. in Texas

    sounds like Obama is doing the right thing...He needs to confer with people who were in office previously, and has the experience, so in essence, he needs to discuss different situations with them...

    Houston Texas

    December 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Tom

    . . . The new Energy Secretary perhaps?

    December 8, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Taniel

    Another fascinating story today is ABC New obtaining an unaired McCain ad attacking Obama on his ties to Jeremiah Wright. The ad is really brutal – and offers us a remarkable look at what might have been had McCain given his green light to this.

    December 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. David

    This adds up to no good. Al and his interests in the global warming farce must be tooting the horn for BO since he wants to carbon tax us to the tune of 45 trillion. When will everyone's about control (not the environment).

    December 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. David

    sorry, it's $5 trillion not 45 trillion.

    December 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Nadia Moreno

    I would like to know, if Former Vice President Al Gore will get a position that would improve climate change or energy? If he does, what title would it be?

    December 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. cool onlooker

    What a smart president-elect! One smart move after another.

    I am getting more and more convinced that Obama is super intelligent and has all the good intentions and motivation to fulfill his duties.

    December 8, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. FreeNLovIt

    Proverbs 12v15 "The way of a fool seems right, but a wise man listens to advice"

    Proverbs 13v20 "He who walks with the wise, grows wise but a companion of fools, suffers harm

    December 8, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Gary

    I am a professional geologist, and have been for 35 years. The fact that Al Gore is considered an expert on climate changes and global warming makes me want to vomit. Global warming is occurring, for natural reasons, the same as it has in between Ice Ages for the last million years. However, professors of geology, who are quite aware of this, are afraid to say the truth, because they will lose their grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Global Warming is the latest buzz word, and is one of the biggest farces ever put over on a naive public.

    December 8, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Matt

    Captain Planet, he's our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero...


    December 8, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Matt

    @ David

    Carbon tax would "punish" the use of oil thereby reducing its desireability and demand for it, ultimately harming the interests of Big Oil. You've got it entirely backwards.

    December 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Jerry

    What a joke! If Gore gets his way with his "Climate Change" fantasy, we'll all be sitting around, unemployed...keeping down "greenhouse gases."

    December 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Matt


    December 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. obama-mama

    Obama keep your eyes and ears open.

    December 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Chris

    Gore for energy Czar, please?

    December 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. steve r

    oh no........

    Gore is a chump too....................

    what makes Gore such an expert on the environment? I just don't get it.

    December 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Cricket

    It never ceases to amaze me that no matter what the topic is, someone always has to see the negative side of everything.

    December 8, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Virginia

    Hey Larry, seems that was what Mr. Bush did in 2000 and EVERYONE criticized him...or have you forgotten? And besides, why would Obama want to confer with a do-nothing whiny man like Al Gore? He has absolutely nothing to offer us!

    December 8, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. JL

    GOOD, President elect Obama is on it!

    December 8, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Keith

    Good call Mr. Obama! I'll bet the Republican fools/whiners will cry about that!

    December 8, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Bob from NC

    I hope he's the EPA head.

    December 8, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Barack Smith

    Climate change? What climate change? "Global warming"??? History PROVES what we are currently experiencing is a natural shift in the climate like it has been undergoing since the world's creation! This is the coldest winter on record!

    December 8, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt regulation.. money... Ah, maybe we can balance both...... it's either money or green.... maybe we all should live in simple animal tents like the Native Americans...

    December 8, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Hans

    Al Gore is worth listening to, but he should not be in charge.
    To my opnion that would be over-reacting.

    December 8, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Sam Sixpack

    A day without cnn is like a day without left-wing propoganda.

    December 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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