Obama Hints At Al Gore For Cabinet, VP?

MSNBC is reporting that Obama said today he'd like to see Al Gore in a cabinet position or something "even higher." While I'm not one to parse every word, it's hard to see what else he meant except that he'd consider Gore for VP.

Would Gore even want to serve as VP again? Who knows, but it's interesting that the Obama campaign is seemingly open to the possibility.

UPDATE: Looks like the network might have mischaracterized what Obama said a bit, and that it was more in the context of Gore having a leading role in terms of addressing climate change. Also, the "higher level" part was apparently in the question, not in Obama's response. That doesn't stop AP from getting in on the fun, though, saying he "dangled the possibility."
Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday he would give Al Gore, a Nobel prize winner, a major role in an Obama administration to address the problem of global warming.

At a town-hall meeting, Obama was asked if he would tap the former vice president for his Cabinet, or an even higher level office, to handle global warming.

"I would," Obama said. "Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues, but climate change is real. It is something we have to deal with now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now."

The only position higher than a Cabinet post is vice president. While Obama seemed to dangle that possibility in his answer Wednesday, he has repeatedly said it is far too early to discuss potential vice presidents because the nomination has not been won.

Tags: Al Gore, Barack Obama (all tags)

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51 Comments

Al Gore
At this time, Al Gore would be a huge asset to any Democratic nominee. Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing him as President even though he won it during that first race....go figure. Considering the work he's currently doing, I just don't see him being interested in the VP or Cabinet. But, stranger things have happened.
by zenful6219 2008-04-02 11:16AM | 0 recs
I think he means SC justice.

VP is out of question.

by ann0nymous 2008-04-02 11:17AM | 0 recs
Gore never graduated from law school.

Being a law school graduate is not a requirement to be a Supreme Court justice, but it wouldn't hurt.

I think the precedent would be dangerous, to start putting people on the US Supreme Court who have never graduated from law school.  Who would be on the US Supreme Court now if George W. Bush had considered that to be an option?  Michael "helluva job" Brown?

by Manic Lawyer 2008-04-02 12:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

Judas

McCain/Clinton 08!

by denounceandreject 2008-04-02 11:23AM | 0 recs
Not Gonna Happen

He's been there, done that.  I doubt seriously this a way for Obama to win over Gore's heart.  Between the two of them, Gore most definitely should be at the top of the ticket.  And Obama suggesting otherwise shows (forgive me) a real rookie arrogance.

by izarradar 2008-04-02 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen
In fact -
It looks positively juvenile and politically inept.
I guess this is how Obama might handle a future Mideast crisis.
by johnnygunn 2008-04-02 11:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen

that is why we must vote for McCain

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23697639/

Plus Obama is half-African

McCain/Clinton 08!

by denounceandreject 2008-04-02 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen

Wow.  You really draw a strong logical link there.  You should write a paper on the, er, because Obama suggested Gore would be an asset to his candidate he would, um, screw up the Middle East, erm... wuh?

by mikeinsf 2008-04-02 12:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen

You should take a short lesson from Miss Manners.

Actually - there is a HUGE connection to the Middle East.
It is considered a deep affront in most Middle Eastern cultures to place an older, more experienced person in a subservient position - especially without ascertaining first if that person would be willing to do so.  So to float an idea similar to this in a tense Middle Eastern situation would, most likely, only make that situation worse.

BTW - you might want to take a course in Middle Eastern culture, too.

by johnnygunn 2008-04-02 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen

You know, you do have a point.  I've also noted how Michelle Obama remains unveiled.  That might screw things up, too.

I think I might need a lesson from Miss Manners a lot less than you might need a logic course at the local community college.

by mikeinsf 2008-04-02 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen

Hey Frisco -

Got a 1590 on the GRE - twice.
Howza 'bout youse?

by johnnygunn 2008-04-02 01:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen

Glad for you. Congrats. Lots of people get high test scores. Still, your argument makes no sense.

Maliki: "Obama suggested that Gore would be great in his cabinet"

Al-Sadr: "Infidel!"

by mikeinsf 2008-04-02 01:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen

Having lived in the Middle East and traveled their extensively I can assure you they do not trust McCain or the Republican Party.  The damage done by Bush has created such a hatred for Republicans they are in open arms for Obama. They can't believe that America is willing to vote for a black man with a Muslim name.  They love him there. When the Obama won the Iowa primary, it was on the front-page news.  They desperately want a new change and they know McCain's history better than we do.

/Love Saudi and Persian tea!

by denounceandreject 2008-04-02 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Not Gonna Happen
That isn't what happened. Someone asked Obama if he'd consider Gore for one of those positions and Obama said he'd consider him for a climate change position. See below:

At a town-hall meeting, Obama was asked if he would tap the former vice president for his Cabinet, or an even higher level office, to handle global warming.


"I would," Obama said. "Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues, but climate change is real. It is something we have to deal with now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now."

by Becky G 2008-04-02 12:12PM | 0 recs
What's arrogant or rookie about wanting

Gore to be able to use the power of the US government to help us deal with the global warming catastrophe confronting us?

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 01:05PM | 0 recs
Re: What's arrogant or rookie about wanting

"Between the two of them, Gore most definitely should be at the top of the ticket.  And Obama suggesting otherwise shows (forgive me) a real rookie arrogance."

I realize my comment is wayyyyy upstream from yours, but you'll see that what I consider "rookie arrogrance" is the suggestion Obama might make that Gore should be his Vice President.  I'm hoping that Obama was quoted out of context though.  If not, well...the rookie of the year award definitely goes to the senator from Illinois.

by izarradar 2008-04-02 04:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

The Vice President is part of the cabinet.

I would imagine he means the Supreme Court.

by along 2008-04-02 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

Gore isn't a lawyer, so I doubt that's what he meant, although I'll concede that one technically does not need to be an attorney to serve on the Supreme court.

More likely, I think Obama simply misspoke and simply meant to convey that Gore would play an important role of some sort -- whether formal or informal -- in his administration.  These candidates are under the microscope every minute of every day.  Sometimes, their statements aren't going to be a model of clarity.  

by HSTruman 2008-04-02 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?
Ha, ha, ha ha, haaaa,
Hoo, heee, heee, heee,
Chortle, haw, haw, snort,
Ha, ha, ha, hooooooo.
by johnnygunn 2008-04-02 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?
He doesn't even want to broker a deal.
I guess Obama didn't watch 60 Minutes.
by americanincanada 2008-04-02 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

Why in the world would Gore take that job? It is insulting to even suggest it, especially putting it as 'a cabinet position or something "even higher"'.  WOW - I bet Gore was excited to hear that!

by ocli 2008-04-02 11:25AM | 0 recs
Please

Obama isn't qualified to carry Al Gore's briefcase.  The idea that Gore would serve as his VP (or in anyone's administration for that matter) is an insult to the man.  Even if party comes to him on bended knee and begs him to take the nomination, I don't think he'd put aside his new life as a business and environmental mogal to run again for President.

by dwmorris 2008-04-02 11:27AM | 0 recs
Or shine his shoes even right?

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 01:06PM | 0 recs
Shame on you

Putting critisms of Obama through the racism filter is a cheap tactic that is beneath your candidate and demeans what he stands for.

by dwmorris 2008-04-02 03:19PM | 0 recs
Shame on people who pretend

that he's not an accomplished individual. A white man who was as accomplished as he is wouldn't get that kind of shit. He's better educated and more accomplished than John Edwards but no one said shit about him not being the equal of anyone.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 03:40PM | 0 recs
Not in Gore's league

I didn't say Obama wasn't an accomplished individual.  Obama has a remarkable track record.  What I said is he's not in Gore's league (and neither are John Edwards or Hillary Clinton, for that matter).  Very few politicians are.  Race and/or gender have nothing to do with it, unless you're wearing them on your sleave.

by dwmorris 2008-04-02 03:57PM | 0 recs
Please. And they say Obama

supporters are cultists.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 04:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

What a condenscending joke.

by Si Ella Puede 2008-04-02 11:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

I think the grammar in your username is a bit off.

by ragekage 2008-04-02 11:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

What about a Hillary/Al ticket? They got along so famously in the last Clinton Administration.  I think Gore has really fond memories of her Sentae campaign siphoning off White House resources in 2000, too.

by mikeinsf 2008-04-02 12:10PM | 0 recs
you're a ratings abuser

Just in case people don't know.

by Carl Nyberg 2008-04-02 01:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

It will not be unusual for both candidates to name-drop Gore, even if he expresses no interest in endorsing either one.  They will want to create the impression that they are on Gore's side.

With that said, I think Gore would make a great EPA administrator in the next Democratic administration.  He could get a lot done in such a role.

Brian

by Brian63 2008-04-02 11:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Gore would remind voters- BAD IDEA!

That's a BAD IDEA!

Having Gore as his VP running mate would just remind voters of how INEXPERIENCED Barack Obama is.

It would be hard enough convincing voters in the GE that he is ready & qualified. To add a guy like Gore would just remind people of that.

It would highlight the huge difference in qualifications.

I also don't think Gore would accept a VOP slot with Obama anyway.

by latinfighter 2008-04-02 11:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

LOL, didn't he make the same comment about Bill Clinton?

by TexasDarlin 2008-04-02 11:53AM | 0 recs
Let's Wait for it Shall We?

WORM COMING SOON....

A detailed explanation of What Obama Really Meant by this comment.  What a rookie!!  Not too arrogant.  

by emmasaint 2008-04-02 11:55AM | 0 recs
What's wrong with the comment?

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 01:08PM | 0 recs
Yup - that detailed explanation has...

already shown up down thread.  The arrogance of Obama is beyond belief.

by Shazone 2008-04-02 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

I highly doubt that Gore would agree to VP.  It's nothing against Obama, I just don't see it.

by toonsterwu 2008-04-02 11:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

An inexperienced president with a much more experienced VP running the show?  Haven't we just done that for 7 years?

by AnnC 2008-04-02 12:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?

Gore's come too far to be VP. He deserves better. A man like that can accomplish a lot more doing other things. He can make a bigger impact elsewhere. VP would be a waste of his time and talent.

by sricki 2008-04-02 12:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For VP?
Here's what the AP article said:

At a town-hall meeting, Obama was asked if he would tap the former vice president for his Cabinet, or an even higher level office, to handle global warming.


"I would," Obama said. "Not only will I, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues, but climate change is real. It is something we have to deal with now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now."


I think that is something Gore might be interested in and is very smart of Obama to suggest that.

by Becky G 2008-04-02 12:09PM | 0 recs
Another plus for Obama.

Obviously you'd work with Gore in any capacity he'd offer.  Obama's just stating the obvious: Al deserves respect.

I do think Senator Clinton's relationship with VP Gore would make such cooperation less likely were she to somehow wind up our nominee.

by McNasty 2008-04-02 01:06PM | 0 recs
Gore will not consider VP
Gore said many times that he is not interested in anything but Prezident. And even for President he kept saying no for multiple reasons.
Only scenario I see if 100+ Supers will sit out 1st round of convention to prevent anybody from win,
than ALL delegates will become UNPLEDGED and than
those 100+ supers will say Gore or bust!
by engels 2008-04-02 12:14PM | 0 recs
What brass balls!

Obama thinks Gore might be his VP?

I have never heard anything so stupid in my life.
If I were Gore, I'd tell BO to take a flying leap.

by Shazone 2008-04-02 12:59PM | 0 recs
Yeah. Being able to use the power of the US

government to assist with the global warming crisis is stupid!

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 01:09PM | 0 recs
BO had better use the power of the US...

government to attack global warming WITHOUT Al Gore as his VP...don't 'ya think?

I mean - don't you find it insulting that an empty suit would offer Gore second fiddle?

by Shazone 2008-04-02 01:23PM | 0 recs
Re: BO had better use the power of the US...

No. I don't find that insulting. Though I do find it insulting that you call a man who has helped more folks than you likely ever will an empty suit.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 02:13PM | 0 recs
You're right. I was only a pro-bono...

(that means free!) immigration attorney that did asylum (that means people who will get killed in their country of origin) works and never lost a case.  

But then I never thought that after a month of my experience I was qualified to run for POTUS.

by Shazone 2008-04-02 02:36PM | 0 recs
Gee me too. In fact, I'm still an

immigration and civil rights attorney. And Obama has still done more to help people than I have.

Though I find it odd that an immigration attorney would have love for anyone involved in IIRIRA or who wants to remove due process from immigrants who commit a crime.

However, as he has far more experience than just 1 month I'm not sure of your point.

by RLMcCauley 2008-04-02 02:57PM | 0 recs
Where is your pro-bono practice?

Or are you one of those $10,000 a case immigration attorneys?

by Shazone 2008-04-02 07:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Hints At Al Gore For Cabinet, VP?

Just another desperate attempt to try to align himslelf with Mr. Gore.  And another example of his condescending attitude.

The last time Obama floated Al Gore's name for a position in his administration, Al Gore went on tv and explicitly said, the "only way I'll ever return to government work, would be as President".  But here Obama goes again.  I guess he couldn't use the "I talk to Al Gore every couple of weeks (revised from every three weeks), because Al Gore just had another interview this weekend where he said "I talk to both candidates".  

...we'll await for his next rumor to float around.

by LindaSFNM 2008-04-02 02:14PM | 0 recs

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