Blog: Al Gore Is Not An Idiot

Al Gore is a smart, accomplished ex-Vice President, author, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Even though this is a local blog site with an audience that seems to be largely conservative, there are limits, I hope, to the extreme views of a few of our neighbors – for instance, the Patch reader who recently called Al Gore “an idiot.” You needn’t have a college degree, or even be an avid Tea Party member, to find that characterization over the top, inaccurate, and unintelligent.

The briefest of fact checking will dispel any notion of Gore’s “idiocy.” He went to Harvard, majoring in English and Government. After his military service – in the Army, in Vietnam – Gore attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School and then Vanderbilt’s law school. He was a member of Congress for 17 years. He was elected Vice President of the United States. He then won the popular vote for President by 500,000, losing the electoral vote and the presidency – with the help of the Supreme Court. Al Gore then worked to educate people about environmental issues, especially about the effects of global warming, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He also won an Academy Award, and has authored several highly successful books. The recent sale of his TV network to Al Jazeera has caused a stir – but I would hesitate finding fault with the wisdom of that transaction until you know more about it. Al Gore’s accomplishments and intelligence are remarkable. Anyone who calls Al Gore an idiot succeeds, as if anyone cared, to show his own lack of intelligence.

On a purely self-centered note of my own regarding the ex-VP, he and I spent a few moments together during the introduction of our books at Book Expo 2002. I was stunned, but extremely proud to be on the same stage, briefly, with Al Gore.


Al Gores’ new book is titled, The Future: Six Drivers of Social Change. My book, and recently revised E-book, of essays is titled, What I Learned On The Way Down. Both books are available now on Amazon.com

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Carl Petersen III February 13, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Arthur Spooner 9:30 am on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 "If that were true, then why did the liberal dunces vote for him?" . . A moderate is better than a Conservative.
Jac Flanders February 14, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Republicans should love him! With a fortune of $300 million, notes The Economist, politician-turned environmental activist and investor Al Gore is now worth more than Mitt Romney. Gore recently exercised $30 million worth of Apple stock options, and personally netted $100 million from the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. He should be your idol.
Status Quo February 14, 2013 at 09:02 PM
'Jac', I suppose this diversionary rationale, is an attempt to extend 'your' blog. I did not note lack of respect for profit derived, though I find huge disdain for his customer and partner base. Among the false premises offered in 'your' blog, such as linking the appearance and demeanor of Al Gore as an idiot... he grossly underrated the reaction to his choice of a buyer. Choosing a customer such as Al Jazeera, is at least idiotic in a extended line of gaffes. Of course, I would have desired say... GE immediately severing and refusal to do business with Iran as example, because of Iran's state sponsored terrorist activities. This unfortunately had to be weighed with respect for contract law internationally. This is but one aspect of President Obama's wish to upend respect for contracts and compacts. Admittedly, Al Jazeerra is a legal customer but a idiotic choice for any business move or politician to engage. Defending the indefensible, is also idiotic 'Jac'.
Status Quo February 14, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Excuse me 'Jac', the linking I refer to - is equating intelligence to calling him an "idiot" as your false premise. Many intelligent people, believe him to be an idiot in the Dictionary sense.
Carl Petersen III February 15, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Status Quo 5 hours ago 'Jac', "he grossly underrated the reaction to his choice of a buyer. " . . Why would he care? He's not going to run for office. All he cared about was the check not bouncing.


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