Eat The Press

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There is a terrific, terrific interview with Al Gore in the upcoming December GQ, long and with lots of juicy quotes, but as between his excoriation of George Bush, his musings on global warming, or his revelations about what keeps Tipper a-smilin', it's a no-brainer what we're gonna go with for the headline. Still, Lisa DePaulo's interview is deserving not only of excerpt, but of the click over online to read the extended version. In the meantime, here are some bits, including what, exactly, it means to ride the mighty moonworm:

  • On demurring from criticizing George Bush for not seeing "An Inconvenient Truth": "Well, you know, he's probably no more objective about me than I am about him."

  • The Tim Russert Special: Is he running? "Well, I don't plan to run. I don't plan to run. And I don't expect to run... I haven't, uh, gotten to the point where I am willing to completely rule it out for all time. But, that is really more a matter of the internal shifting of gears. I'm not making plans to run again."

  • On his popularity: "I think non-candidates are inherently more popular than candidates."

  • To wit: Who would he rather have a drink with, Bill or Hillary? "Well, Bill doesn't drink."

  • On "An Inconvenient Truth"'s chance for a Best Doc Oscar: "Well, I think the movie deserves one. I'm not eligible; the movie is. But I don't want to jinx it by talking about it."

  • On his future in film: "I actually just performed a voice-over role in a movie last week. I am reprising my role as a disembodied head in Futurama, which is being made into a movie. There are a significant number of people who appear not to know or care that I was Vice President of the United States, but who are very tuned into the fact that I uttered the immortal line, 'I have ridden the mighty moonworm.'" (Oh, please. What did you THINK it meant?)

  • On his spicy marriage, and newspaper of choice: "You know my all time favorite Onion headline--you read The Onion?--sometime in the summer of 2001, the lead story on the front page had a picture of Tipper and me, and the headline was, "Gores Enjoying Best Sex of Their Lives." And she said, "How did they know?"

  • The nicest thing he could say about George Bush: "He made a terrific appointment of Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve."

  • The second-nicest: "I can't think of another one, actually."

Gore's full, indignant, angry commentary on the Bush administration's failure to heed 9/11 warnings are included after the jump; for now, we just want to note that Terry Richardson's use of white space is really unappealing and his use of dirty-seeming filters makes for really, really drab photography. That said, we're grateful he didn't dress Gore in shorty-shorts and pose him spread-eagled on a messy mattress.

GQ: Do you feel that we would be safer today if you had been president on that day?

AG: Well, no one can say that the 9-11 attack wouldn't have occurred whoever was president.

GQ: Really? How about all the warnings?

AG: That's a separate question. And it's almost too easy to say, "I would have heeded the warnings." In fact, I think I would have, I know I would have. We had several instances when the CIA's alarm bells went off, and what we did when that happened was, we had emergency meetings and called everybody together and made sure that all systems were go and every agency was hitting on all cylinders, and we made them bring more information, and go into the second and third and fourth level of detail. And made suggestions on how we could respond in a more coordinated, more effective way. It is inconceivable to me that Bush would read a warning as stark and as clear [voice angry now] as the one he received on August 6th of 2001, and, according to some of the new histories, he turned to the briefer and said, "Well, you've covered your ass." And never called a follow up meeting. Never made an inquiry. Never asked a single question. To this day, I don't understand it. And, I think it's fair to say that he personally does in fact bear a measure of blame for not doing his job at a time when we really needed him to do his job. And now the Woodward book has this episode that has been confirmed by the record that George Tenet, who was much abused by this administration, went over to the White House for the purpose of calling an emergency meeting and warning as clearly as possible about the extremely dangerous situation with Osama bin Laden, and was brushed off! And I don't know why--honestly--I mean, I understand how horrible this Congressman Foley situation with the instant messaging is, okay? I understand that. But, why didn't these kinds of things produce a similar outrage? And you know, I'm even reluctant to talk about it in these terms because it's so easy for people to hear this or read this as sort of cheap political game-playing. I understand how it could sound that way. [Practically screaming now] But dammit, whatever happened to the concept of accountability for catastrophic failure? This administration has been by far the most incompetent, inept, and with more moral cowardice, and obsequiousness to their wealthy contributors, and obliviousness to the public interest of any administration in modern history, and probably in the entire history of the country!

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