June 2nd, 2010
01:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Borger: We got the president we elected

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°" and "State of the Union," as well as participating in special event coverage.

Washington (CNN) - The news about Al and Tipper Gore deciding to separate after 40 years of marriage shocked Washington - and those who know them - into a kind of frenzy: How could this be? They have always been the genuine political couple. The ones who were affectionate and caring; the ones who had fun. The couple who dared to smooch onstage at a national political convention.

Al and Tipper were like Peanut Butter and Jelly. Always better together.

And maybe they were. And what we saw was true. And maybe now - because it once was true and isn't anymore - they've decided to split.

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Filed under: Al Gore • President Obama
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Mike

    They were made for each other because no one else would have them.

    June 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Johnathan

    who cares what Borger writes, she's such a tool of the right and the T's.

    June 2, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    PEOPLE! PEOPLE! How the hell do you go from talking about Al and Tipper breaking up to somehow tying that into a Barack Obama story???

    What on earth? Nice story. But no connection. This reminded me of one of Glen Beck's tangent-based ramblings.

    June 2, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Anon

    "We got the president we elected" is the title here, plain and clear.....
    What does that have to do with the content of the article here of Al and Tipper Gore ?

    June 2, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Feisty Redhead

    We got the President we elected alright!. The greatest President ever in the universe!! What a dream Barack H. Obama has been for this country. After 8 years of that stupid and hateful Bush and Cheney crew, we finally have a wonderful and intelligent man. Unemployment is coming down, and Obama is addressing the deficit, the one left over from Bush, and terrorism has completely been stopped dead in it's tracks . Obama has brought peace a prosperity to the world, and he will stop the oil leak in the Gulf!! Please, people that agree with me, and I know that's all of you, send me your feedback at pam.1018@hotmail.com. Looking forward to the positive vibs of all the people that agree with me!!

    June 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. jackson

    It seems to be an amicable seperation, so why the front page news. It's a private decision, allow them that privacy.

    June 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Regarding Al and Tipper, I hope that Tipper gets half of the hundreds of millions of dollars that Al has earned from selling global warming.

    June 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Bob in PA

    "with plenty of anger, emotion and bravado. We want him to yell at BP. We want him to loudly tell us he's whipping the cleanup effort into shape."

    Get a life Gloria. We just want a responsible adult behind the wheel. He doesn't have to yell or scream, he just needs to put the resources that were reserved for such an event into action.

    June 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. The Other Micheal in Houston

    Absolutely great commentary Ms. Borger. You are so correct. When I decided on who I was going to vote for, I did not want another half brain reactionary cowboy as my leader, I did not want a person that his/her concern was questioned. I wanted a President who could react under pressure and still keep his/her cool. Those 50 million who did not vote for President Obama, those are the ones who are crying the loudest. We 78 million applaud the President and at the rate he is going, we will give him another 4 years in 2012. I still find it funny that those who claim to hate having a black president uhhhh i mean government involvement sure are crying the loudest about how the government not being able to snap their finger and magically close the hole. So Ms. Borger, we, the 78 million are not complaining or trying to change him, it's those 50 million McCain/Palin folks. They will eat their own just to see to it that everything President Obama does is discredited. That's okay though, your guy GWB is still the worst President in the history of the United States, Republican Jihadist.

    June 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    Dumb people that voted for him aren't going to be making the same mistake in 2012. He's lost or is losing support from every segment of voters, except black voters.

    June 2, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |

    And just maybe the Gores' situation is simply because Big Al is a fat, pompous, greedy little man obsessed with saying whatever it takes and scamming the world to fill his pockets with other people's money.

    June 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. larry

    It is none of our business why they split

    June 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. kelly

    This is the biggest pile of manure that i've seen come out of a commentator's mouth in sometime.I don't want Obama to be anyone other than the person i thought we elected.The fact that he is showing no leadership in the disaster means to me that the person that i voted for may have indeed be not up to the task.And thats all it means.It won't be the first politician that's let me down nor will it be the last.You don't always know what a person will do under extreme presssure or crisis.The fact that someone voted for that person because they thought that he or she was suited to the task doesn't mean a darn thing other than your vote was right or wasted. Thats all !!!

    June 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Of course i got the president i elected and he is doing well i didnt expected him to be perfect or be Jesus Christ which i Thank God for and i also Thank God for this president and it dont matter how people may criticize him because the truth is no Republican could do any better they will say anything to get reelected so they can give the rich like big oil companies a tax break and we all know rich people are not paying their fair share of taxes. So i know i voted for the right man. And will vote for him again in 2012.

    June 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. mike

    look lets face it they are human beings they are not Gods like we
    want them to be I give them a lot of respect that they are doing this
    in a civil way rather making this personnel matter in to a media

    June 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    If it doesn't involve wasting trillions of dollars of taxpayer money, Obama doesn't care–that's the message.

    June 2, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    What does the headline here have to do with Gore?


    June 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Duke Loring

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, isn't it a shame that the biggest scammer of all time has reached the end of his marriage? I suspect his marriage was as much of a stage production as his worldwide tour touting the myth of "global warming". I can't wait to find out how which one of them was having "relations" with a third party. Do you think that maybe Bill and Tipper may have been playing footsies and Al heard about it in between all of the pies and pastries he has been eating. I would like to say I have sympathy for the two of them but theyt both deserve as much heartache and pain as humanly possible.

    June 2, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Renea

    Of course i got what i voted for and he is doing just fine in my opinion i didnt vote for a perfect President i voted for Barack Obama and im glad i did i dont expect him to be Jesus Christ in which I Thank God for but i also am Thankful for this President and no matter what others say the Republicans cant do any better but will say anything to get reelected, so they can give tax breaks to the rich and big oil companies and we all know the rich is not paying their fair share of taxes, So im glad i voted for President Obama and will do it again in 2012.

    June 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Albert

    What makes this sad is that these two people have shown us that they can feel the pain of others and, indeed, the pain of Mother Earth. Maybe they only need some time alone and we owe them that. Maybe if let alone they will feel each others pain and be more able to talk-it-over.

    June 2, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    Self analysis,especially when talking politics, is "hard work". It's so much easier to throw stone after stone or temper tantrums when we don't have a PERFECT WORLD. Grow up people.

    June 2, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. FM

    Gloria doesn't get it. Firstly, what is the use of the Gores sticking to each other while things are not working well between them! Just only to please other people that they are together!!! Secondly, blames to the President is quite unfair! How many states does US consists of? God forbid if a disaster happen in 10 states at the same time, will all these states ask the President to get the same attention Gloria is talking about!! And what are the roles of Governors? They are the ones to play their part to the people elected them and get an hand from the Fed when required.

    June 2, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. RCasson

    Thank you Ms. Borger for stating the obvious. This is indeed the President we elected and I am proud of him. We don't need a cave man like Bush nor a phony like Clinton. We need calm, cool and collected and we have it. People need to stop complaining and appreciate President Obama!

    June 2, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Jeff Spangler

    Ms. Borger is not quite as annoying in print as she is on TV, but nearly so. Recall that the wonderful Tipper Gore supported labels on recordings to protect kids from inappropriate material, and that Al Gore continues to be a mind-numbingly boring ideologue who probably lost the Presidency as much due to his speech-slurring campaign Manager Donna Brazile as the Supreme Court or Ralph Nader. Some people are not still ready for prime time, and in my view that includes everyone referred to in this post.

    June 2, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |