Gore swept into Toronto yesterday using an environmentally controversial airline on Toronto Island – a service that is opposed by friends of Toronto’s waterfront (including myself.) The departing headlines read: Heed the Goracle.
I reported here on Gore’s speech at the AGU:
He spoke for an hour and was a far more accomplished speaker than one remembers from Presidential debates, glancing only occasionally at notes. It was like a Southern Baptist orator had seamlessly changed texts. His speech was a type of sermon: a few well-practised jokes to start, a commentary on selected verses followed by a call to commit. … His presentation
and appearance resulted in a type of secular avatar of Jerry Falwell.
A number of posters thought that I was too snarky. However, it seems that my take on Gore was not that far off the take of most of the Toronto reporters – all of whom, like me, were struck by the revivalist character of the Goracle. Here are a few excerpts and links:
They came in their hundreds to hear him speak, and even those left standing outside the crowded hall would not be deterred from lingering in the proximity of the Baptist prophet from Tennessee. …
There were vegans seeking new recruits, people calling for the closing of Ontario’s coal-fired power plants, a Greenpeace mascot dressed as a polar bear — even the UFO believers showed up. “I know you won’t believe this,” one of them, a man named Victor Viggiani, said with a practised tongue, “but the extraterrestrial technology involved in this . . . it’s free energy, man. Absolute free energy, and it’ll be the end of fossil fuels.” Mr. Viggiani, a retired school principal, tried to get an information package to Mr. Gore when he arrived at a side door, but “the Secret Service were there; they saw my backpack and they pushed me away.”
Across the driveway in front of the hall, a large banner exhorted the crowd to “Heed the Goracle.” Belonging to a fledgling group called ecoSanity, it was still there hours later, as Mr. Gore enjoyed a reception at the adjacent Simcoe Hall and the dispersing crowd voiced its praise.
Then, after taking the Porter Airways afternoon commuter flight to Toronto, he gave a sold out lecture at the University of Toronto, where he was greeted by a throng of supporters, two of whom displayed a bedsheet with the slogan “Heed the Goracle.”
At Mr. Gore’s request, media were barred from taking notes at the Montreal event and from even attending the Toronto one, which was based largely on his celebrated film, An Inconvenient Truth.
From “Gore the Bore” to American Idol. And, with James Brown gone to soul heaven, inheritor of the title: Hardest Working Man in Showbiz.Who needs the Oval Office when you’ve got a cosmic platform from which to preach the Gospel of Global Warming Warning?”Hello, I’m Al Gore,” he said by way of introduction. “I used to be the next president of the United States.” Ba-da-boom.”Heed the Goracle”!, urged one placard among many welcoming signs outside the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, where pro-demonstrators (and a polar bear) held a candlelit vigil for Kyoto, just beyond the bank of gas-guzzling limousines.
It was at Harvard, in the ’60s, that Gore was pulled into the gravitational orbit of ecology-devotees, taught by Roger Revelle, the first scientist to monitor carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.Presumably, this was all happening simultaneous to the charmed existence of an Ivy League swain-on-campus, Gore once claiming he was the prototype for the Ryan O’Neal character in Love Story. Author Erich Segal, who was a classics scholar at Harvard at the time, demurred. Turns out Gore’s roommate — Tommy Lee Jones — was the actual “Oliver” model.
That episode was embarrassing for Gore. He’s had quite a few — embarrassments — over the length and breadth of his career. Like, say, when he claimed to have invented the Internet, just a slight exaggeration.
Or that notorious kiss he planted on wife Tipper’s lips after accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000, a lung-buster PDA in which he bent the Missus so far back it looked like her spine would snap.
Tree Huggers Gored: Green giant Al Gore swept into town last night for his one night show on global warming that generated more heat than a rock concert.