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. Liz in Seattle

    I don't blame Al Gore for never wanting to set foot in DC again (at least as part of our slow-moving, political-minefield government) but he will have great advice for Obama regarding who should join the cabinet and what their priorities should be. Hats off to Obama for inviting all the influential minds to the table for each of these big issues. Though honestly I would be happy to see more Republicans taking part in the name of true consensus.

    December 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Another loser added to the Obama team---

    Gore couldn't win his own state of Tennessee which means the people who knew him best didn't want him.

    So why do we want him???

    December 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. The JuggerHobbit

    LIP: I must interject here and display the fallacy of your statement. A key part of your post is that 400 SCIENTISTS formed that consortium. You know what the majority of those scientists were? Chemists, physicists, and other people who have no idea how climatology works. In addition, the report was largely criticized and over-shadowed by the far superior report issued by the IPCC, along with the collective opinions expressed by actual climatologists at the G8 functions. Having a PhD. doesn't make you an expert in unrelated fields.

    December 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Nick

    If he's picking Gore for Energy, or something with the environment, I say go for it.

    December 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Jon Davis

    Bush ruled from the extreme right and went out of his way to trample on everyone who wasn't from the extreme right; Obama is obviously going to rule from the center, which is generally what most Americans want. Gore would be a great choice for Energy secretary.

    December 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Fred

    Gore would be a good choice for something. He sure can't get elected to anything.

    December 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jackie, EW and others who live the myth that Gore won. The 2000 recount in FL was finished by a group of newspapers, and Gore really did lose. Just because you don't like how Bush turned out, that doesn't change the vote count. EW, your claim that thousands of votes were thrown out has no basis in fact. Continuing to cling to this vvision of nonreality doesn't help anyone.

    December 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Randy

    To elkay, who said, "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."
    I don't understand your uneasiness with BO tapping the best and brightest of the past. Al Gore may only end up giving an opinion. How is that "creepy"?
    GWB pulled some of the past cabinet posts into the current admin and doesn't deserve the same remark?

    December 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. marcus tullius c

    Al Gore. Change? Come on. He's a loser.

    December 8, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. DeVone

    people will complane about anything Mr President elect do or
    anyone he talks to I have faith and I beleave he knows just
    what he is doing God be for President elect Obama as God
    is for America America I dont know about you but I am for GOD.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    December 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Faith Restored

    Well El Kay, considering we just had "Gollum" W. Bush leading the nation for the last 8 years muttering "my precious" as he all but single-handedly through inept, ignoprant and greed driven policy brought us to our knees, I don't think any "darkness" Gore, Obama or anyone else poised to try and save us from ourselves is in need of your concern. And those prayers from you to God...I've said them every day for the last 8 years and they are finally being heard. Amen!

    December 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Mike

    Why wasn't the Kyoto Treaty signed into law in 1997?

    December 8, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Gore can share his wisdom in the enviornment. Whether we as individuals want to accept his stature as a preeminent voice in that area, the world over clearly sees him as a leading voice and Obama is wanting to get the best to fix everything he can fix that President Bush either broke or allowed to not be fixed.

    December 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Rhino

    elkay – God has helped us all. By getting rid of the creeps Bush appointed!

    December 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. libssuck1

    Oh goody, a Cliton and now an fat head in Obuma's band of goons, remind you of the 90's doesn't it.

    December 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. Carol Weyle in Lakewood Co

    Gore and the EPA is a very good mix, can't think of anyone better! if he did not want to be in Washington, work it out and as they say in the military "in the field".....
    Go Gore, Go Obama. ! concerning the negativity of others, Let it Roll!
    Colorado Mom

    December 8, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I think they want Gore's input on who would be the BEST energy secretary.

    I am a Dem but I think that Arnie "girly man" Schwarz"necker" would be a good choice for energy secretary.

    Seriously.

    I think Arnie thinks more like a Dem than he is willing to admit.

    December 8, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Dee

    PLEASE KEEP GORE AWAY FROM OUR GOVERNMENT!!!

    December 8, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Ralph

    While the problems of the past 8 years cannot be blamed on one person, having a wise leader at the helm makes a huge difference.

    Everyday it becomes more clear that our nation chose wisely this election.

    December 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Deanna in Denver

    To libssuck1,

    Yes, it does. The 90's were great times!

    December 8, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. AndThatsABadThing

    Al Gore making a ton of money off of stupid people.
    What a sham this man is.
    I would like to know what stocks he is investing in? Could it be in all this Renewable Energy stuff he's preaching?
    For Gore, it's all about the benjamins baby!

    December 8, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. John in VA

    libssuck1 December 8th, 2008 7:08 pm ET

    Oh goody, a Cliton and now an fat head in Obuma's band of goons, remind you of the 90's doesn't it.

    Oh yeah. A federal budget surplus, prosperity to those who wanted it, and peacetime. Oh, my, how that would suck!

    December 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. AndThatsABadThing

    I thought that Obama was for CHANGE?
    Yet he is bringing in all the same ole people from Washington.
    Obama is lame. He is just a puppet who can not actually act on what he has promised. Prepare for the worst as under Obama it will be.

    December 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Grant in Canada

    I don't believe for a minute Mr. Gore is going to be a Secretary in Mr. Obama's administration . . . UNLESS it is a super secretary, or so called "CZAR: position.

    Maybe Interior, Energy, EPA, all rolled into one? Problem is, Commerce would belong in there too.

    G

    December 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Sonny

    Heil Barack! Heil Barack! The Messiah cometh!

    December 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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