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."

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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Michael, Houston Texas

    Good. I never liked Al "I created the internet" Gore anyway. Let him stick with tree hugging and keep him far away from Washington DC

    November 13, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Wm. Kritzberg

    Let's see . . . Oscar winner, Nobel laureate, board member on countless organizations, global mover-and-shaker. Yep, that defines "obscurity" for me, you betcha.

    Just to use Palin and Gore in the same sentence suggests a bit of disconnection with reality.

    I do agree she should fade away - but only if the "spontaneously combust" option is categorically off the table.

    November 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Green Planet

    Obama will have plenty of other choices so Gore can continue promoting his work and no doubt create a better legacy for himself. I am sure he will provide sufficient support to the Obama administration.

    November 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. janet, ohio

    Maybe he didn't want to fill out the 63-page questionaire required for all the Messiah's applicants. Is Lord Obama going to answer all those questions about himself? Why does he care whether his employees own a gun? (Question #59)

    I wish all you people on this blog would stop peeing on yourselves over him. This country will be lying atop the trash heap of history in four years, and I hope that's what all you stupid Obama voters wanted or you'll be very unhappy.

    November 13, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. N. S. Huntsville, Al


    November 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. J J

    He is not coming back but the rest of the Clinton administration is, we should have just elected Hillary.

    November 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. The Guy

    Gore seems to make a lot of money now a days, why would he give that up? He makes a farce out of a serious issue for his own gain

    November 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Cammi317

    Uh huh, is that code for I might have something to hide and can't past the muster on the 63 page questionnaire, so I'll work from the outside? Don't get me wrong, I like Gore just fine, but this doesn't sound quite right...

    November 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Scott NYC Independent

    Can you blame him. We had our chance and George Bush 43 stole it from us. So he went on to become a noble prize winner and a millionaire. Why give all that up, even temporarily, when we as a country didn't put forth the effort to make him President. I feel you Al; keep on movin.

    November 13, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Scott NYC Independent

    Oh and by the way; without his influence and vision the internet would not have come into being for another 15 to 20 years if ever. Research the history before you believe the republican slim machine. He didn't invent it but the was one of the major forces in developing the idea into global acceptance.

    November 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Masterman

    Janet from Ohio appears to be a very sore loser.

    November 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Brian NY

    Even Gore could look at that bunch setting up shop in the White House and say @$*! I don't want any part of that @#*&!!ing @$#!.

    November 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    That's fine. President-elect Obama still has plenty of brilliant people to choose from. Why so many bitter comments from Obama supporters? Come on now, let's not lower ourselves into the GOP-gutter! Gore has his crusade on climate change, that's important as well.

    Thank God that this wasn't another Palin story!!

    November 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Jasmine in Germany

    Mr. Gore is probably satisfied with being a Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, activist, and political icon. He has been serving his country all of his adult life. He doesn't have to be in Washington to do so.

    November 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. MikeH

    Janet, Ohio,

    Why so bitter? Does your gun and religion no longer give you comfort?

    You could be part of the solution, and instead you seem to want to be part of the problem.

    We all have work to do to repair America, you included. Hop aboard and ask how you can help.

    November 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. smartgirl

    Please go back to school, Janet. There are some nice ones in Ohio. Take as many of your Republican friends with you as you can. We don't hate you, we're just sick of your ignorance.

    November 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Prescott

    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.

    ~Dan, Baltimore

    God, know your history. You can say a lot of things about Russia, but not that their Czars were communist.

    Well, I don't like Gore. He is presenting the whole climate thing a little overdone.
    Yes, the climate is changing, but it hasn't been fully proven that humans are the primary cause.
    Something has to be done. But what he is proposing would ruin the world economy.

    Well Barack, you made my family and myself very proud. But between all the pride we feel we are now sceptical. Like we are with everybody. I hope in the deapest of my heart you will succeed. And looking at your campaign I know you will. But don't get cocky now. Get the republicans involved. And make your promises come true.

    November 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Suchi, Minneapolis

    I think he should be Palin's tutor and mentor on environmental issues. She could use some of his knowledge and expertise!

    November 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Ursula

    OK Janet from Ohio, get over yourself. Go join your pal palin in Alaska and kill some caribou!

    Al Gore, the best president we never had! What about those 3500 ballots they found in May.... I hope the democrats fry Bush and his buddies.

    Hey Griff, what is pink for? Gay Bushie????

    November 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Son

    Al Gore had his chance, and the American people voted him president. But the Electoral College went the other way.

    I can't blame him for staying in the private sector. But I'd imagine a midterm replacement (or even second term, should Obama run and be reelected, replacement) would be much more likely.

    November 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    Good move! Obama needs a fresh start with new and energetic people.
    Gore is the past and Obama is our future.
    Isn't it great fun watching the Republicans implode. I am sick of the Palin coverage but overjoyed at the prospect of Palin being the the one to "progess" the RNC. Yes, Sarah some idiots do use progress as a verb. May she live a very long life.

    November 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Larry

    Two corrections for the uneducated –

    1. the term Drug Czar was used in 1982 – that under Ronald Reagan – to describe the new office cabinet level office for the person in charge of US drug policy. Does that make Ronald Reagan a communist (I know he was the only president to ever be the head of a labor union).

    2. it was the Communists who fook over after the Bolsheviks overthrew the Czars of Russia. Are you suggesting the Communists were good guys because they replaced the bad-guy Czars?

    I find right wingers so entertaining. Kind of like the Congressman in GA who invented the term "Communist Fascist"

    November 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. kaushik jadunundun

    stfu Catty..get over it and remember this name for 8 years President Barack Hussein Obama...yeah right 8 years

    November 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. 3strikes

    good for you al, dont be a part of a future failed obama/biden/clinton administration

    November 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. gt


    November 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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