Draft Gore Movements Get Creative
This morning's news that former Vice President Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize means chatter about a possible presidential bid will only intensify. Gore's spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told The Fix on Thursday that "we truly appreciate all the enthusiasm out there for the former vice president, but he does not have any intention to run for President."
Tell that to the dozens of people producing "Draft Al Gore" videos on YouTube.
Using a combination of flattering photographs, clips of his speeches, footage from his Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," and news reports about Hurricane Katrina, Gore supporters are doing what they can to convince him.
The best video seen so far, "Come Monday I could be happy." Produced and posted very early Friday morning, the video uses Jimmy Buffett's "Come Monday" to make the point: "Come on now, Al, and run. Make all of our Mondays better." A bit of a stretch, but creative:
"Draft Al Gore for President in 2008" combines the veep's old speeches, footage from his documentary, and Katrina-related clips, then ends by stating, "Run Al Run...2008 is calling."
This video from mid-March promoted DraftGore.com, and urged the former Tennessee senator to run:
DraftGore.com includes an online petition, the chance to buy Draft Gore merchandise, the call to sign upvolunteers in your state, and videos like the one below, which ties Gore to John F. Kennedy, suggesting they're both leaders who've inspired the world to action. The video makes wide use of archival photos.
"Al, the world needs you," the video states. "It's imperative... you know it... we know it... So just do it."
Will all this online activism convince the Gore-acle? Stay tuned.
-- Ed O'Keefe
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