December 8th, 2008
05:31 PM ET
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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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  1. Howard Roark

    A transition team loaded with lobbyists....a cabinet loaded with entrenched Washington politicians...yep, change you can believe in.

    December 8, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Can I buy some carbon credits

    I wonder if he's going to fly in that "Green" personal jet of his? What a con man.

    December 8, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. canadian pov

    Mary Dale is right....

    December 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Ravi

    It's hypocritical for Al Gore to say he's pro-environment, while flying around in a private gas guzzling jet. If the CEOs of the Detroit automakers can drive hundreds of miles in a hybrid car, Gore should do the same.

    That said, Barack continues to prove to us everyday that he is going to make an excellent president! Can't wait 'till 1/20/09. Change is coming!

    December 8, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. LIP

    A consortium of 400 scientists said that Gore was wrong and that the Earth is basically doing what it did before we arrived on the scene. Remember that humans have only been here for roughly 4 million years, the Earth is 4 billion years old and we have only been messing with the climate for about the last 100 years or less. Now that you have it in perspective, tell me why we need Al Gore spreading rumors about the end of the world.

    December 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Gene

    Always a good idea to meet up with past leaders and learn from their experience. And.. as predicted.. another idiot here screaming where's the change? Change is actually listening to all sides... taking advantage of the experiences of past leaders and new ideas and combining them.

    Kevin in Ohio.. I'm sure you want real change. I'm sure your idea of change would be to learn from Joe the Plumber or Jorge the Fry Cook, or Jack the dishwasher. I'm sure you'd rather him work with only people who have never set foot in washington and people who know nothing about politics. I personally prefer he consults with people who know the ropes.

    As long Gore keeps Manbearpig out of the conversation.. I'm sure it'll be a good one :)

    December 8, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Jackie in Dallas

    What bothers you people who dislike Al Gore so much? The fact that he parlayed an election that was stolen from him into a Nobel Prize, or the fact that more and more of what he has been saying for the last 8 years is becoming demonstrable fact? Whatever you may think of his politics here in the US, the world scientific community thought enough of him, and the world thinks enough of him that he has garnered acclaim the world round. He is considered by the world scientific community as one of the spokespersons for global climate shifts and the part of human technology in that shift. As such, he is an excellent resource for President Elect Obama to tap, especially on how the rest of the world sees us on the topic. Like it or not, the rest of the world counts, too....

    December 8, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. DE

    I guess the D minus that Al Gore got in his one semester of climatology makes him a genuis on the subject. By the way, will Obama make Gore pay a windfall profit tax on his phoney carbon offset companies that raked in millions for him?

    December 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Linda in MS

    Bravo, Mr. Obama. We need all the smart people we can find now. Keep up the good work so our children and grandchildren will have a better world to live in.

    December 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. cLk

    Please give Gore a cabinet position.

    December 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. elkay

    and the creepiness of Barack's appointments continue. It's amazing at all the creatures he's pulling out of the darkness. God help us all.

    December 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Frank

    Gore would be a very good addition to the Obama administration. January 20th can't get here fast enough!

    December 8, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. EW

    You think it was only the Democratic Party's "liberal wing" that had a problem with Bush STEALING the 2000 election? Are you blind to the damage he has caused since his brother's cronies threw out thousands of votes and made sure that only the rich white areas had enough voting machines in Florida?

    Gore WON! Obviously most of the country is unhappy with teh direction Bush took us in, not just those wacky liberals.

    Gore is a smart, competent man and always was, but too many people seem to think a President should be entertaining and fun to drink beer with rather than smart. Look where that got us!!

    December 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Flash Gorden /-\

    I, myself, would truly like to see Gore in a global climate position.

    December 8, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Gory

    Give Gore the Environment protection and the Energy all together. Combine the two cabinets and make it one.

    December 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Gory

    Give Gore the Environment protection and the Energy all together. Combine the two cabinets and make it one.

    Tell those small government republican how small government is done.

    December 8, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Gory

    Give Gore the Environment protection and the Energy all together. Combine the two cabinets and make it one.

    Tell those small government republican how small government is done democrat-style.

    December 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Kola O. Lima Oh.

    There is no doubt that President-elect Obama knows what to do when things are going wrong. You can never succeed in life if you ignore the line and the words of the elders. Our senior Citizens are the bridge to the past, too valuable to let go. I acknowledge Obama for surrounding himself with people of integrity,knowledge and experience like former President Al-gore. This is a very smart and intelligent move on the part of the President-elect. Let all the doubting Thomases be silent and remain silent. Obama is our man.

    December 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. Joe Green

    I heard Obama was looking for a White House Pet. How about a Gore Puppy?

    Seriously, though. Give him a job somewhere where he can't cause any trouble. Like Hillary, if you leave him out, he'll spend the next 8 years picking you apart.

    You don't need that!

    December 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Brenda R. Harris

    and the heavenly choir sings "LET THE SUN SHINE IN".

    December 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. lori

    I've been hearing that the liberals aren't happy with Obama's choices. I say who cares. He's doing his job, putting people that he feels are qualified for that position.

    December 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    To DE who said that Gore had a lower GPA than Bush at Harvard:

    What were their respective GPAs? Would you care to enlighten us? Can you also tell me what they were studying? That is relevant to this discussion because a course load of biology, physics, math, etc., might be more difficult than say a course heavy on literature.

    Also, GPA alone is not an indication of intelligence. It must be considered along with intellectual curiosity, the tendency to continue to learn long after your formal education has ended. What you do and learn and read affects a person's intelligence as they grow. Trust me, I had a pretty dismal GPA at a top tier university, yet my IQ is 142 and I have since achieved must higher scores in graduate school. I was more interested in Greek life than scholarship! Anyway, please provide further information so that I may decide, based on all of the facts, which man is more intelligent.

    December 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Ha, have to correct my own typos!

    To DE who said that Gore had a lower GPA than Bush at Harvard:

    What were their respective GPAs? Would you care to enlighten us? Can you also tell me what they were studying? That is relevant to this discussion because a course load heavy on the sciences such as biology and physics, plus math, etc., might be more difficult than say a course heavy on literature.

    Also, GPA alone is not an indication of intelligence. It must be considered along with intellectual curiosity, the tendency to continue to learn long after your formal education has ended. What you do and learn and read affects a person's intelligence as they grow. Trust me, I had a pretty dismal GPA at a top tier university, yet my IQ is 142 and I have since achieved much higher scores in graduate school. I was more interested in Greek life than scholarship! Anyway, please provide further information so that I may decide, based on all of the facts, which man is more intelligent.

    December 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Vic

    Al Gore is the perfect person to head the energy team.
    He is a smart man and cares deeply about the enviroment.

    December 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Moderator

    I haven't been change yet? although everyone seems to believe in change!! But, now I feel like a jerk , because I am treating other people unfairly.

    December 8, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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