Al Gore has endorsed Barack Obama.
Former Vice President Al Gore made his debut appearance in the presidential campaign here Monday evening, offering a vigorous endorsement of Senator Barack Obama and urging Democrats to keep in mind the consequences of not taking the general election with grave seriousness.
“Looking back over the last eight years, I can tell you that we have already learned one important fact since the year 2000,” Mr. Gore said. “Take it from me, elections matter. If you think the next appointments to the Supreme Court are important, you know that elections matter.”
Mr. Gore and Mr. Obama strode onto the stage arm in arm to thundering applause from a crowd of nearly 20,000 people at a downtown arena. As Mr. Gore ticked through a long list of challenges facing the nation, he hailed Mr. Obama as “clearly the candidate best able to solve these problems and bring change to America.”
Man, you could knock me over with a feather — I never saw this one coming. The Goracle has come down from the Mountain (well, his energy-sucking mansion) to bless the Prophet of the New, Post-Racial Politics, the Harbinger of Hope, Change, and Waffles. Let the bells peel, let the doves take wing, and let us bow our heads in humble awe:
And what’s this garbage about being a "problem solver?" Please name me what problems and what leadership role Obama has taken in Washington? Aside from co-sponsoring Coburn-Obama, he’s been running for president for the last two years, and he’s been in the Senate for less than four! He consistently takes the left-most positions on issues before the Senate and has shown almost no predilection for reaching across the aisle to "solve problems." (Unlike, say, the other guy.) When he was an Illinois state senator, he voted "present" over 100 times, taking no stand whatsoever. How does that solve problems, O Goracle? The major bills for which he gets credit there were handed to him by his patron, State Senate President Emil Jones, after the major work had been done by others. That’s leadership?
You could fool me.
LINKS: Jennifer Rubin asks the same question. Karl at Protein Wisdom goes through the Prophet Barack’s resume line by line. More on Obama’s problem-solving, this time with Chicago public schools, at Just One Minute.