UPDATED 06-05-10: AL AND TIPPER GORE GETTING DIVORCED AFTER 40 YEARS OF MARRIAGE…

Posted on June 1, 2010. Filed under: News And Politics..., Politics..., UPDATED POSTS... |

UPDATED:  Saturday, June 5, 2010 11:00 PM (My original post follows my update)

I was informed via email that the article I previously posted here in my blog was not posted with permission from the writer, even though I credited her with the article, which is what I always do when posting the words of others (it’s always posted in a black font).  Since she did not offer permission, I have since removed her article and replaced it with an article more to my liking…

 

QueenBee

 

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Love is having to say you’re getting divorced via email…
Al and Tipper Gore are getting divorced after 40 years of marriage.  Although I’m sorry that their marriage is ending, it’s even sadder that it ended just after their 40th anniversary.
With that said, I’m sure Al Gore will be putting his self-serving spin on things…just as he said he invented the Internet; just as he didn’t bother to mention that he was not the “inspiration” for the movie “Love Story”.  He said he “had more important things to do” than setting the record straight.  Here’s a link to a New York Times story from December 14, 1997 on that very subject…
…just as he says there’s rampant global warming.  Speaking of global warming, I’m sure it’s not too warm from where he now stands…
QueenBee
 

 

Al and Tipper Gore Break Up After 40 Years of Marriage

 

Published June 01, 2010
Associated Press

 

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.

 

 

According to an e-mailed statement obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, the Gores said it was “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.”
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Al Gore once claimed his romance with wife Tipper inspired the novel “Love Story” and the couple shared an uncomfortably long kiss before millions on the stage of the Democratic National Convention.

Now, after a 40-year marriage that survived the near-death of a child and the heartache of losing the disputed 2000 presidential election, the former high school sweethearts are calling it quits.

“After a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate,” the Gores wrote in an e-mail to friends on Tuesday. “This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together.”

Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed the statement came from the Gores, but declined to comment further.

The Gores told friends they “grew apart” after four decades of marriage and there was no affair involved, according to two longtime close associates and family friends.

The couple had carved out separate lives over time, with the 62-year-old former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate on the road frequently, said the associates, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the couple’s behalf.

“Their lives had gotten more and more separated,” one of the friends said.

The couple, who own homes in Nashville and Gore’s hometown of Carthage, Tennessee, had reportedly purchased an $8.8 million estate in Montecito, California, this spring.

Married on May 19, 1970, at the National Cathedral in Washington, the Gores crafted an image of a happy couple during his eight-year stint as vice president in the 1990s and a presidential candidate in 2000.

Their warm relationship stood in sharp contrast to the Clinton marriage rocked by Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, a scandal that hung over Gore’s own presidential campaign.

At the time, Gore said his wife was “someone I’ve loved with my whole heart since the night of my high school senior prom.” Then, as if to prove it, he planted that long, awkward kiss on her during the 2000 Democratic presidential convention.

Such public affection did much to enliven the former vice president’s stuffy image. Tipper Gore, 61, painted a picture of a playful relationship, saying in a 2000 interview with The Associated Press that she teased her husband while he prepared for presidential debates by e-mailing him “lascivious” messages.

“He e-mails me back and says, ‘I’m losing my concentration now,”‘ she said.

“He’s a little bit more of a gregarious flirt than people would realize — all within bounds,” she added.

In a speech to the 2004 Democratic convention, Gore said he wanted to thank “with all my heart my children and grandchildren, and especially my beloved partner in life, Tipper.”

The “Love Story” claim came in 1997, when Gore told a reporter he and Tipper were the inspiration for Erich Segal’s 1970s best-seller. A surprised Segal said that Gore, whom he knew at Harvard, had inspired one side of his male hero’s personality — the one controlled by a domineering father — but his book had nothing to do with Tipper Gore.

In a letter written to then-girlfriend Tipper as a 17-year-old college freshman, Al Gore hinted at that dynamic. “Mother’s having a fit about me riding the motorcycle back to Harvard. Dad’s mad at my long hair,” he wrote.

The Gores have four children, Karenna, Kristin, Sarah and Albert III, all now adults. Their son underwent rehab treatment in 2007 after marijuana and prescription drugs were found in his car when he was pulled over for driving 100 mph in his Toyota Prius.

After losing the 2000 election, Gore turned his attention to climate change, undertaking a worldwide campaign which led in 2007 to a Nobel Peace Prize and an Oscar for the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The couple were married about six months when Gore deployed to Vietnam as an Army public information officer. When he got home, he landed a job as a reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, and his wife worked there as a photographer. Her interest in photography continued after she left journalism and she usually had a camera with her while helping her husband on his campaigns.

Gore later served in his father’s former seats in Congress for 16 years.

Determined to avoid pitfalls that snared his father, who was accused of being out of touch, Gore kept a punishing schedule, traveling home to Tennessee for open meetings three weekends a month — and leaving wife Tipper alone in Washington with their four young children.
Gore first ran for president in 1988 at age 39 but drew little support outside the South. A planned bid for the 1992 nomination was put aside after the Gores’ 6-year-old son Albert III almost died after being hit by a car in 1989.

“It was a very spiritual time for both of us,” Tipper Gore later wrote. “In Al’s case, he decided to write a book and not to run for president in 1992.”

The book was “Earth in the Balance,” and Al Gore ended up in the thick of the 1992 campaign anyway — as Bill Clinton’s running mate.

In Washington, the Gores were a power couple — with a light-hearted touch. On Halloween, they would dress in costumes to greet trick-or-treaters at the vice president’s mansion. One year she was a puppy and he was dressed as Underdog.

In the 2000 campaign interview, Tipper acknowledge Al had his faults. He once gave her a Weedeater for her birthday, but he learned to be more sensitive over the years, she said.

“He’s very much a gentleman you know, with me around the house,” Tipper said. “I know he’s dog tired and he could be sitting down and doing something and I need something across the room, he’ll get up and get it.”

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3 Responses to “UPDATED 06-05-10: AL AND TIPPER GORE GETTING DIVORCED AFTER 40 YEARS OF MARRIAGE…”

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Good point, Tom. She\’s smart to get out now before he really falls as more people start smartening up to his global warming bull crap. The irony here is that he went around the world preaching his global warming propaganda in order to "save the world", yet he couldn\’t even save his own marriage…

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Evidently Tipper didn\’t have the "energy" to help her mate tilt at windmills and/or she didn\’t want to be associated with a man who wants to be responsible for the greatest loss of value in the history of the world.

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This is a one sided democratic view. There is nothing left to be said. GET OVER IT!

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