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

Gore won't serve in an Obama White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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."

Filed under: Al Gore
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Colin in VA

    Of course you should keep working on climate change, Mr. Gore – but why can't you do it as Secretary of the Energy Department?

    Wish he'd reconsider...

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. SIMP

    ok not a problem. I never even thought of him having a role. He is doing a wonderful job with the global warming awareness but other than that I never thought of him coming on board. so good luck to you and your's Al Gore on your ventures.

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. JD

    An article not mentioning Palin?

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Pat F

    Thank heavens. Two hot air balloons in the White House would be excessive!

    November 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Spencer/NY to VA

    He's had his time in the spotlight. He's a Nobel Prize winner for Christ sake. Give the man a break already. He'll be there for consultation if VP Biden needs it.

    November 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Michael Furlong & Christopher Winter BFF

    Why would he want to be climate czar, when its so obvious that global warming being a manmade thing, is such a myth! Its clearly God's plan for all of us. Gore doesn't know what he's been talking about...and inconvenient truth? We don't think so, more like an Inconvenient Lie! Simply put, there's real evidence of man made global warming.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Maggie in NYS

    Catty – give it up. The use of the phrase "(pick your problem) czar" has been around for a long, long time.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Dennis

    I respect Vice President Gore very much, and I think he could have been helpful in a cabinet position or as part of Obama's administration. However, I suspect he'll be able to achieve a great deal without an official appointment.

    I too am a little tired of the czar title that seems to becoming in vogue. Let's use something a bit more traditional in the U.S.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Larry

    Uh, "czar" has absolutely nothing to do with Communist Russia/Soviet Union.

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Ken

    Not sure i agree with this, or maybe i'm missing something. You would think he would have more clout if he joined the Obama team and took a position that could agressively pursue policy changes in this area.

    Gore, roll up your sleeves and get involved again!.

    November 13, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Enough!!!!!

    Was he even asked?

    November 13, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. norb

    Sounds like Al is still a little sore loosing to the least popular president ever. Shame on him not to help this administration. This is a critical time and Al decides he can do it outside the mainstream. All this from the guy who couldn' t even carry his own State in the last election. No wonder he lost.

    November 13, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    I hope he will at least agree to be a consultant. I'm sure he would at least sit down with the next Administration and share his vision of different paths we could take to improve the environment and climate change.

    November 13, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Goo-goo

    I'm not so sure about that....there are polls that say fewer people believe in global warming now than they did last year. If he were in the government, he could go beyond raising awareness.

    November 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. WallyB

    Except Gore doesn't practice what he preaches. He talks about environmental change but takes private jets, drives SUVs, and lives in an energy inefficient palace. We needs someone who will lead by example.

    November 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. roy

    I think Al enjoys no longer having everyone backbiting him now that he is out of Washington. He was underappreciated as a VP and a candidate.
    Here is a REAL maverick trying to help a larger cause than himself...THANKS AL however you help out.

    November 13, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. mtrought

    I did not see Mr Gore camp[aigning for Obama. I wonder why was that

    November 13, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. ck


    Now if he would just fade away for good... the man is still a JOKE!

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

    Gore has better things to do like..invent TV or radio.

    November 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. SD,Michigan

    I agree, being an outsider is best for both Gore and the administration.

    November 13, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Dan, Baltimore

    Yes, because they had CZARS in COMMUNIST RUSSIA.

    just because this is the internet doesn't mean you don't have to think before you say something.

    November 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. A Really Conservative Realist

    Gore is one of the most awkward guys in the whole world.. The book "An Inconvienent Truth" will be forgotten in one hundred years when the climate has changed little.

    November 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Pat W

    I would expect no less from Gore...He should absolutely be involved, but I don't believe he should tie himself down to a cabinet post.

    November 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would have been nice to see Gore directly influence and have control over policy. I guess he thinks he can do more as a private individual than a public official.

    November 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. SB

    Nobody asked him anyway

    November 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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