Al Gore at the 92nd Street Y. Photo Credit: Joyce Culver
Last week we mentioned the local press (New York Mag, Times, Post, Observer) that covered the Al Gore with Charlie Rose event but now the bloggers weigh in with their assessment.
Daily Kos: “Once inside the Y, it became clear that there is still a large amount of enthusiasm for Gore. The people who came to see the discussion were a diverse mix of New Yorkers, and particularly striking was the sizable amount of younger folks who had come out to see the former vice president. The Gore 2008 contingent was quite strong at the event; I would say that a fair-sized minority of people (comprised mostly of middle-aged people and older) were wearing Gore 2008 stickers and pins.”
You Nork!: “Last night, Al Gore spoke about the present. He spoke about the sad state that our nation is in, with the majority of the media spending most of their time talking about Brittney’s most recent bouts of insanity rather than the issues that are actually affecting the world.”
Honey & Quinine: “I did not want to sit through more innocuous chit chat about Albert Gore Jr.’s plans to run for president. And I didn’t have to. The conversation was far-ranging, intelligent, animated, funny occasionally, and illuminating. Gore, dressed in black on black, an almost clergy-esque ensemble, is an arrestingly dignified, and disarmingly natural presence with a live audience in front of him.”
Huffington Post: “Charlie asked him about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the Florida recount. I loved Al’s response. He said that in America the only alternative to going along with a final decision by the Supreme Court is armed rebellion. Al knows it was a bad decision. But he also knows that the only option—other than going along with that decision—available to him was not a viable option.”
Gristmill: “It was also pretty stunning to hear a man as versed in the details of the Federalist Papers as he is in the melting rates of the Antarctic ice shelf. In response to the Rose question, ‘When did the decline of reason begin?’, he skipped seamlessly through a history of the Enlightenment, the emigration of those ideas to a fledgling nation across the pond, and the firm establishment of reason in the founding fathers’ design of the U.S. government.”
New York Observer‘s Azi Paybarah follows up with more excerpts from the interview.
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