Sunday, April 1, 2007

Al Gore on Swedish television

Last night I saw an interview Al Gore did on tv in Sweden--apparently the show is called Stina, but nothing on this page is in English. The woman hosting the program did the introduction in Swedish, but then interviewed Al in English. She wished him a happy birthday, and Al smiled, responding, "You've done your research!"

They discussed the serious injury of Al Gore's 6 year old son that occurred almost 20 years ago (which he also discusses in An Inconvenient Truth) which led him to reevaluate his life. Al said that in the 30 days by his son's bedside he learned something about the "possibility of losing something very precious". He was talking about both to his family (which he decided needed to be put first on his calender before everything else) and our planet.

As they began to discuss the environmental crisis, Stina pointed out that a report was recently presented at the U.N. conference, which had Sweden at the top and the United States and Kazakhstan at the bottom, in efforts concerning climate change. Al laughed and offered his congratulations.

She asked him about running for president, and if he might be able to accomplish more with regard to the global warming issue if he were president. (She also asked her audience if he should run again, and they applauded and shouted "Yes!")

Al Gore: “I don’t have any plans to be a candidate for president again. I haven’t completely ruled out going back into politics at some point in my life. But the reason I don’t ever expect to be a candidate again is partrly because I’ve fallen out of love with politics, and I have less patience for some of the aspects of the politicsl system. But also because the way the political dialog is conducted over these 30 second TV commercials now, there is less of a chance to deal in depth with the biggest crisis that we have to face–this climate crisis.”

I can't say that I blame him for feeling that way, but, dang, he'd be a great president. And he already won, so how about we just let him take that turn now, and not go through another messy election?


Catreona said...

Renee, that's a great idear. Let Al take over starting Jan. 20, 2009. Then, John Kerry can take over starting Jan. 20, 2013.

Then, everything will be on track for Howard in 2016.

I think it's a plan. 8)

BTW looked in here first this afternoon. I'll be meandering over to HEP in a bit.

Anonymous said...


Well, if you ask me, it's not gonna happen in 2008.

Maybe 20012, but it...depends.

It depends if the Democrats fuck up again. It depends if the Democrats decide to abandon their progressive values and turn "centralist". It depends if the Democrats decide to become Republican-Lite. It depends if the Democrats keep forgetting that they won back control of the House and Senate because the voters overwhelmingly rejected the Republicans warped ideology in the midterm elections last November.

If the Democrats fuck up again, suffer collective amnesia, do all the wrong things in 2008 and let a "moderate" Republican sit in the White House, then I think Gore will run for president in 2012.


If only to save the Democratic--and the United States--from itself. But it would be great if the Democrats don't fuck up and start doing the long, hard, ugly job of undoing
all the damage done to this country since 2000.

I think Gore believes that he can do more by not being the President of the United States. He's earned that right.

Let's make it easy for him, O.K.?