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Al and Tipper Gore split; the enigma of political marriages


Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and her husband former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend church service at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, December 23, 2007. (REUTERS/Jim Young) span>

(Photos of Al and Tipper Gore through the years)

Who isn't shocked by the Al and Tipper Gore news? They looked so happy for so long. After years of unapologetic PDAs (who could forget that long, steamy kiss at the 2000 Democratic convention), they celebrated their 40th anniversary last month.

And announced their separation two weeks later.


In this Sept. 16, 2007 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper Gore arrive for the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)


Politics can take a toll on the best of marriages, but some splits still catch us by surprise. Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds and his wife of almost 20 years, Pam, looked like a perfect political team last fall, but they divorced in February. Karl Rove quietly divorced Darby in December after 24 years of marriage. And is there anything left to say about John and Elizabeth Edwards? That maybe it was profoundly weird to renew their wedding vows in 2007 (on their 30th anniversary) when he was running for president and his mistress was pregnant? But we didn't know that back then, so it looked sweet and romantic.

Lesson? Long-lasting political marriages are enigmatic, even the ones that look rock solid. Some couples are famously devoted, like Ronald and Nancy Reagan (married 52 years), Joe and Jill Biden (wed 32 years), and Colin and Alma Powell (47 years).

Other power couples don't fuss over each other in public but clearly make it work: Nancy and Paul Pelosi (47 years), and George and Laura Bush (32 years).

And, despite all the bets against them, there are the marriages that survive despite infidelity, distance and juicy rumors: Bill and Hillary Clinton (34 years), John and Cindy McCain (30 years), and Eliot and Silda Spitzer (22 years).

In other words, you can't tell a thing by a wedding ring -- especially in politics.




Nancy Reagan cradles the Reagans' King Charles spaniel named Rex, as she and President Ronald Reagan stroll along the White House South lawn in Washington in December 1986.(AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)span>

By The Reliable Source  |  June 2, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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To the POLITICAL ELITE and to THOSE WHO PAY ATTENTION TO THEM, "WE DON'T CARE".

Posted by: barrysal | June 2, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Looking like a happy couple is not the same as being one. Just look at the photos of the "grand" Kennedy and Roosevelt families. Who cam act better than politicians? I know couples who are amazing teams and I know couples who only talk about their kids, whose expectations continue to decrease because the "numbers" don't work in a divorce. One day, a member of the couple will become sick and then their relationship will be tested.

Tragically, many couples will fail this test because they have no foundation for dealing with tragedy. Lesson learned: Walk away when you can unless your partner is your best, committed friend with whom you'd rather spend the day with than anyone else - not your roommate.

Posted by: carolineC1 | June 2, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about the personal lives of politicians. You are pontfificating on non-news. Splits are as common with politicians as the general population, as are happy marriages.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | June 2, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

This is non-news, so who really cares? Just because they are politicians doesn't mean they can't have a private life. With all of our fiscal and economic problems, a former politician's personal life ranks very slow on the news scale, IMO.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | June 2, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Well, then how 'bout you all don't read about the "politician's personal life" and don't waste your dumb comments in a gossip column.

Posted by: MrsKirby | June 2, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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