So it started when I saw a video about him in volume one of Wholpin. It was a video made my Spike Jones during the 2000 election. Spike had spent a day with Al and his family about 2 months before the big day and the film really showed me that Al Gore was far from that stiff looser America had percieved him as. (see here for details). He was amazing and I almost cried when I thought about how different America would be today had the presidency not been stolen from him.
A few weeks later I read this article about Al in Wired. I learned how he took off after the election to go sailing with Tipper, and how he decided not to run in 2004 and how he began to make his global warming crusade his #1 priority in life.
Then it all capped off with the movie last night. "An Inconvenient Truth" really needs to be seen by everyone here and worldwide. It needs to become a global success. The message is simple, global warming is real and we're past the point of "almost too late to fix it" and at the point of.. "we're too late, but if we jump on this issue right now and get lucky we may have a shot at mitigating most of the ill effects".
The movie is awesome. Yes, it does have the feel of a political commercial at times, but the message is really clear. We have to take global warming seriously and we really aren't. Oh.. and don't just take my word for it. Listen to Roger Ebert (yes, I know movie reviewers are really not too credible lately, but look at the words he uses and decide how he really feels):
"In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to"
And that's why I think Al will run for president this time around. His name is coming out and this film and the issue he raises just screams out that he will. I just hope he doesn't follow the campain he followed in 2000. I hope he comes out as Al Gore and not as some campaining politician. If he does that, he could win.
Listen, no matter what you think of the guy or if you are a republican or democrat, go see the film and then tell your friends to..it's not a political thing. It really is an earth thing.