Everywhere Al Gore goes, people implore him to run for President. “We have dug ourselves into a 20-ft. hole, and we need somebody who knows how to build a ladder. Al’s the guy,” says Steve Jobs of Apple. “Like many others, I have tried my best to convince him. So far, no luck.”
“It happens all the time,” says Tipper Gore. “Everybody wants to take him for a walk in the woods. He won’t go. He’s not doing it!”
Jessica Usborne, an audience member at one of Gore’s talks, stood up and asked The Question. “Given the urgency of global warming, shouldn’t you not only educate people but also help implement the changes that will be necessary—by running for President?”
Gore understands deeply the damage done to America’s institutions and reputation by the Bush Administration, and has faith that the American public sphere that has permitted Bush to ride roughshod over our Constitution will be restored gradually by the Internet, regardless of who the next several Presidents will be. But there’s nothing like a true leader, and I believe there is no one more up to the huge challenges facing the next President than Al Gore.
I wish he would run. Not Hillary. Not Obama.