Useful Notes: Al Gore

"You win some, you lose some. And then there's that little-known third category."

Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. (March 31, 1948-) was the Vice President of The United States under Bill Clinton from 1993-2001. Before that, he served as U.S. Representative for the Nashville area (1977-1985), and then as Tennessee's junior U.S. Senator (1985-1993). After Clinton was term-limited out of office in 2000, Gore became his party's nominee for President, and actually won more votes than George W. Bush by a very tight marginnote . Unfortunately for him, Bush became president due to the way American presidential elections work (and that's all that needs to be said).

After leaving office, Mr Gore became an environmental activist whose work, including the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, earned him a Nobel Prize. He has also appeared multiple times on Futurama and on Current TV, a network he founded and co-headed until selling it in 2012 to Qatar-based news group Al-Jazeera.

No, he did not invent the Internet. No, he didn't say he did (see below).

Just for added strangeness, Gore was Tommy Lee Jones' roommate at Harvard. And according to author Erich Segal (who attended Harvard at the same time) the hero of his novel Love Story was based on a fusion of the two of them.

This person provides examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Mainly on Futurama. He also plays himself in a West Wing sketch (along with Martin Sheen and the other regulars) on Saturday Night Live: The cast and crew try to usher him out of the Oval Office set, but Al refuses to budge, pretending to ring up Putin on a prop phone.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: He never said he "invented the internet". What he actually said was, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system." He was referring to, among other things, a law he authored and pushed through that opened up ARPANET (precursor of today's Internet) to beyond the military and select universities.
    • For what it's worth, Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn have agreed with his statement.
    • What Gore can be credited for is coining the phrase "information superhighway".
  • The Comically Serious: Knows this is how he's seen, and is not above making fun of his own "boring" reputation; for example, when he demonstrated the "Al Gore Macarena," which was simply him standing in place.
    • His daughter Kristin is a staff writer for Futurama, and he has guest-starred on the show a few times, playing this to the hilt.
    "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to save some whales. Excelsior!" {flies away on a solar-powered rocket}
  • Deadpan Snarker: When not deadpan "boring".
  • Granola Guy: So much he thought Barack Obama's dismal performance in the first 2012 Presidential debate was based on the altitude in Denver.
  • Moral Guardians: He's not, particularly, but his would-have-been First Lady Tipper Gore is a rather notable one. She is known for her criticism of the "immoral" music industry, and was responsible for labelling the "Filthy Fifteen" that was taken to court and was ultimately responsible for the "Parental Advisory" label on albums.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Bill Clinton's Red Oni.
  • Self-Deprecation: He is well aware of his reputation for dull, monotone oratory, and frequently jokes about it in his speeches.
    • "Hello. I'm Al Gore, and I used to be the next President of the United States."
    • Also, when he hosted Saturday Night Live. During his monologue, he mentioned that people sometimes found him patronizing.
    "Patronizing, of course, means talking to people like they're stupid..."