Al Gore shows true leadership

     Here's something to show us all what true leadership looks like. It's easy for us to forget what a real leader acts like when all we see is the antics of the current crop of bozos in the White House.

     At 12:32 p.m. Sunday, the number of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Chattanooga, Tenn., increased by 130 when a humanitarian  flight touched down at Lovell Field.
     Those arriving Sunday did so because former Vice President Al Gore chartered a plane to bring displaced Louisianans to Tennessee.

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     The former vice president and his cousin, Dr. Darr LaFon of the University of Cincinnati Hospital, met in Nashville, took a predawn flight Saturday to Dallas, chartered an American Airlines MD80 and flew into New Orleans, Dr. LaFon said.
     Things were "pretty bad" with about 200 patients, a lot of them very sick, in the airport when they arrived, according to Dr. LaFon, who is also a 20-year veteran of U.S. Air Force Special Operations.
     Saturday's first flight out of New Orleans landed in Knoxville with "a lot of wheelchair bound patients," and darkness delayed the flight to Chattanooga until Sunday, the doctor said.
     The first passengers Sunday to disembark from the plane had chronic medical needs -- asthma, seizures and heart conditions -- that needed immediate attention and were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Others were taken to temporary housing in the Chattanooga area provided by the city housing authority as well as area churches and other charities.

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Thank you
Needless to say, this has flown beneath the media's radar screen.
by David Kowalski 2005-09-04 07:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you
True, but maybe that's a good thing in a way.
It's being done for good, and not for a cheap photo-op like Bush is going after.
by v2aggie2 2005-09-04 08:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you
I worked on the Gore campaign and it was full of hidden charities like this.  He never went for the media attention his work could bring.  I've always admired that, although it had its costs as well.
by Eric Loeb 2005-09-05 08:01AM | 0 recs
If only...
this disaster (the Bush response, not Katrina) were enough to pull him out of retirement...
by Robert P 2005-09-06 06:12AM | 0 recs
Worthy of a diary, I hope
My first diary. I hope it meets with approval here. Just thought that it was worth sharing.
by SouthernStar 2005-09-04 08:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Worthy of a diary, I hope
You did good!

I recommended it.

by v2aggie2 2005-09-04 08:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Worthy of a diary, I hope
good job! I recommended too. Here is a pictorial addendum:

by NeoLiberal 2005-09-04 10:13PM | 0 recs
Please cross-post
on Daily Kos and other blogs... let's get this out there, people need to know about this.

As I have said for many years, people don't really know Al Gore... he is as good as they come just like his father.  I am not surprised he did this.

We need to tell all the stories of the quiet heros who are making a difference.  Quite a contract to President Photo-Op!    

by lezlie 2005-09-05 12:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Please cross-post
I'm not a member of dKos, but feel free to steal it from me and post it elsewhere. I have no pride of ownership on this at all. It would be nice for this to get out there, so steal away!
by SouthernStar 2005-09-05 08:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Please cross-post
Do you have a link?? Even still, I might steal it and post it there. :).
by jj32 2005-09-05 02:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Please cross-post
I have posted this at a site (scrutinyhooligans.blogspot.com) where I'm an minor member. You can link to that. Use this trackback reference: http://haloscan.com/tb/joyefull/112590277143897702

I think this is what you do...

I guess it's pretty obvious I'm new to all this business...

by SouthernStar 2005-09-05 06:51PM | 0 recs
A stolen election
So Al Gore, whose Presidency was stolen from him by Bush, is doing his part.  Today I'm leaning toward Al Gore for 2008.
by Max Friedman 2005-09-05 04:56AM | 0 recs
Re: A stolen election
The Democratic leadership has been eviscerated by their own sense of political expediency.  In refusing to act as a respectful but viable opposition party, this pack of self-serving careerists has betrayed the country.  

I posted a diary and several comments last year that accurately predicted Bush's fall in the polls; an inevitable result of his own policies.  I also stated very clearly that the only thing that the Democrats needed to do to emerge empowered is to repectfully offer clear alternatives to these policies, and engage a vigorous debate.  

http://www.mydd.com/comments/2004/11/7/101559/230/60#60

So Bush's popularity continues to spiral down, but it seems, as low as his numbers fall, they are always ahead of the Democrats.    I am a little tired of the people on this board relishing Bush's low numbers, while ignoring the fact that the people of this country like him better than his opposition.

So I have been thinking about what Democrat I could actually support.  I will not vote for "the lesser of two evils" anymore.  There is not much to choose from.  And then there is Gore:  An experienced, popular, intelligent Vice-President who won the popular vote for the presidency, and who has not allowed himself to be castrated by political expediency.  Is there a better choice?

by Winston Smith 2005-09-05 10:37AM | 0 recs
amazing
Simply amazing to read. Bravo Al Gore!
by blueflorida 2005-09-05 11:37AM | 0 recs
Re: amazing
Al Gore is a real leader.
by Marie Smith 2005-09-05 02:30PM | 0 recs
Re: amazing
Absolutely.... Still my choice.  He got burned, we all got burned.  H.R.550 should fix the voter fraud, how about Al to fix the nation.  Some intellegence in the White House would be welcome.
by wmkrayer 2005-09-05 04:37PM | 0 recs
please
don't forget to mention S.330, the papertrails legislation in the senate, in addition to HR.550 in the house. thanks.
by NeoLiberal 2005-09-06 07:28AM | 0 recs
Re: please
My concern with paper trails is the triggers are set that stop counts unless they fall in a certain range.  Unless I am mistaken; if they control the number all they have to do is manipulate it outside that range.  Still think Hackett may have won.  I am cynical beyond belief nowadays!  I don't trust a democracy that legislates in ways that leave questions.  There needs to be verification at each polling place... if but a sampling it is better than nothing.  All voting machines are products of man and all have been proven to have potential problems.  Thanks for your point.... it is a double edged sword.  
by wmkrayer 2005-09-06 02:12PM | 0 recs
Hackett
This might also be the way that Hackett announces his run for the Senate and why he isn't going back to Iraq.  Competent leadership is needed here.  

Someone who will vote to help the people of New Orleans instead of the wealthy (Estate Tax).

by Robert P 2005-09-06 09:04AM | 0 recs
Stay up on Al Gore news
http://www.algore-08.com/

Despite its obvious implication to elect him president in '08, this site is the best site I've found to stay on top of all things Al Gore.

by Pat 2005-09-06 07:53PM | 0 recs
Al Gore
I haved lived in Tn all my life, and I always been grateful for what Gore has done and this proves to me that he will always do what needs to be done in good for our country.  Wish everyone else can see what a man and a leader he is.
  Thank you for this.  It means the world to me to see he is still out there doing what it takes for the people.  Keep up the great work
by grangerx5 2005-09-07 10:06AM | 0 recs
Now on CNN.com
This has now made it to CNN's front page:

http://us.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/09/katrina.gore.ap/index.html

by GermanDeaniac 2005-09-09 02:59PM | 0 recs

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