When Al Gore announced the next chapter in his campaign against global warming, he stood on stage with Mana and Pharrell Williams, the latter dressed in a side-pitched ballcap, low-rider jeans and black Billabong hoodie.
It made you forget that Gore is the same man who once did the macarena before the Democratic National Convention. (Stiff, upright, unmoving, it was an irreverent dig at himself).
But if he were to get into the presidential race, could he maintain this pop culture status?
With it, Gore has been able to capitalize on his status to take his campaign to the next level, helping to attract “Live 8” producer Kevin Wall to spearhead the July 7 event. Gore also is also lining up surrogates to do his “Inconvenient Truth” slide presentation. Among them: A brunette Cameron Diaz, who also was present at the press conference, and just spent 2 1/2 days in Nashville getting trained.
And while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may still be superstars on the campaign trail, that surely could change after a year of being scrutinized at every turn.
Once again repeating that he has “no intention” to run, Gore said he was too focused on this latest campaign. In fact, Gore even seemed to distance himself from his former career.
“We have everything we need to solve this crisis, with the exception of political will,” Gore said.
About the only time that Gore broke composure was when a reporter asked about reports that showed that there was a 10% chance that climate change isn’t man made.
Gore started to chuckle.
Deploying some of the same delivery he did in “An Inconvenient Truth, he said, “The range is actually a 90 to 99 percent certainty. If your doctor told you there would be a 99 percent chance that you would have a heart attack unless you do something, starting tomorrow, you would say, ‘I am going to play the odds.'”
He went on, “The people who still try to refute the science on the climate crisis — I am running out of things to say to them. I think they get together to a party on Saturday night and party with the folks who say that the moon landing was staged on a movie lot in Southern California.”