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At WomanUp, we've opined about Al and Tipper Gore's separation and allegations he had a fling with the Hollywood mogul, Laurie David, who bankrolled his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." We also speculated about the Gore daughter's divorce on the heels of her parents'.
Now we are compelled to delve into the most recent news about Al Gore, and it's a tawdry tale of his allegedly attempting to force himself on a masseuse in a hotel room in Portland, Ore. My colleague Bonnie Goldstein in e-mail today commented she finds it "unimaginable that Al Gore, the former senator from Tennessee and erstwhile next president of the US, attacked a red-haired hotel health spa worker he hired to give him a therapeutic massage while in Oregon on a business trip."
Whatever client event transpired, the masseuse billed the hotel her normal rate and later, months later, in fact, filed a police complaint, a document which this week the Portland police department confirmed to the The National Enquirer they have. Police declined to bring charges, citing insufficient evidence. Apparently, the unnamed redhead (all we know about her is the color of her hair) would have gone public but the Enquirer refused to pay her and her lawyer $1 million. The fortress of tabloid journalism doesn't say what, or if, it paid for the police report.
As Bonnie imagined the scenario, "The phone call from the senior police desk officer to ask Mr. Gore, 'Uhm, remember when you stayed at the Hotel Lucia that time?' was probably directed personally to the former vice president without any discussion with Tipper, but in my head I hear her say as he hung up: 'Of course I know you didn't attack her. I've been married to you for 40 years. You are a man of rectitude and honor and you should have been president. But I'm just wondering, why were you getting your stomach massaged, honey?'"
With all due respect to Bonnie, to me there are some aspects in the Enquirer account that have the ring of truth, like the part about the masseuse trying to distract Gore with chocolates. Gore's appetite is legendary – one of the reasons given for his hyperactive performance in one of the 2000 presidential debates is that he wolfed down several high-performance protein bars before going on stage. His weight gain in recent years has been obvious -- and a contrast to the disciplined persona he had projected earlier in his career.
The masseuse's civil lawsuit is likely going nowhere, but it turns Gore back into a joke, a cruel fate for a man who had worked so hard to get beyond the ridicule heaped on him during the 2000 campaign.
On my run this morning, a fellow jogger, a 60-ish baby boomer like Gore, said it was nice to know Gore had these urges, because he had come across in the past so monk-like and weirdly repressed. Then, noting that Gore had requested an abdominal massage, he mused, "I wonder where the abdomen begins and ends . . ." I told him I wondered if other women Gore may or may not have had an encounter with will begin revealing themselves. "Like Tiger?" my fellow runner laughed.

I doubt Gore's alleged late-blooming sexual aggression will manifest itself with a tally comparable to Tiger Woods, but one Enquirer account mentioned there were others.
Either way, the respectability that eluded Gore for so long in his political life, and that he had finally achieved with his global warming crusade -- is now seriously eroded, replaced by punch lines about abdominal massages on the late-night shows. And other than what we guess at and speculate based on their long public marriage, who knows where Tipper fits into all of this? We can only imagine.
Filed Under: Woman Up, Scandal, Al Gore
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Vitsing

Who cares - Gore is history may he RIP.

June 30 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
norm535

gore being gore

June 30 2010 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
judntx7

Good riddance, at least now it seems that Tipper has a little self-respect after all.

June 28 2010 at 8:00 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
PrincessRunamoka

I've NEVER trusted Al Gore.. not with his global warming/anti fossil fuel crusade, while he himself continued to fly all over the world in his private jet; not as he preached that others should lessen their carbon footprint & energy consumption, while his home consumed many times the amount of energy of a typical US home; and now certainly NOT with his years of acting morally superior & holier than thou, while he's always given off a bit of a creepy vibe & now there are accusations that he was no better than Bill Clinton in the self-control department. I'm not impressed.. but then with him, I never was. Therefore, I'm completely fine with him being relegated to the joke heap of history!

June 28 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
nicho3185

Good friend is an Intern for a Republican US Congressman. His thoughts were, there will be others. Tippers knowledge of the fiascos is reason for the Tipper/Gore split.

Something with the Democratic Pres/VP gig-AKA John Edwards, Pres. Clinton

June 27 2010 at 9:57 AM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

Al Gore could clear all of this up by taking a polygraph test. I'm
sure he would want to for Tipper if he is truly innocent. I'm sure
the Portland police covered this up for Gore.

June 27 2010 at 9:26 AM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
Alan

Eleanor thanks for a thoughtful and balanced article on the former Vice President. It's difficult to accomplish both a presentation of the alleged story while not seeking to excuse the narrative itself--yet you did it. Your question as to how Tipper fits into this matter is most incisive, because in one form or another she is a component of this story conscious or subliminal. As always you challenge our thoughts and analytical skills. Great article. We will stay tuned for your additional thoughts. Best from a Republican in the heartland.

Dr. Alan Phillips

June 27 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
fubaglady

Eleanor, Gore is NOT a joke again!! He never stopped being a joke. A big global warming hoax of a joke.

June 26 2010 at 8:45 PM Report abuse +41 rate up rate down Reply
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barney2022

Dont be suprised if this entire thing is his way of distracting attention from his global warming propaganda... heck, it worked for Clinton.

June 28 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
smith860

OH, what an awesome post. Gore is a joke now? You mean he hasn't been for the last 5 years? I guess I need to re-check my humor sources.

It seems to me that Gore has been doing his best to make himself a parody of the global Saviour since the publication of Earth in the Balance (1992), with a brief time-out for the Vice President/Presidential candidate thing. With the recent collapse of his life's work (the Global Warming juggernaut), you think that a hotel massage is the proximate cause for his fall from respectabilty?

Are you serious!

June 26 2010 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +37 rate up rate down Reply
docsnopes

Who would believe a sensational story like this in a rag like the National Enquirer, versus the word of a Nobel Peace Prize winner and near-president like Al Gore? As with John Edwards, the respectable media aren't carrying this story, so we know it can't be true.

June 26 2010 at 4:01 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
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enrickue

Well, doc, obama is a nobel "peace" prize winnner, and he is president, too! Now, do those two together quantify him to being an honest person? I think a vast MAJORITY of AMERICANS would say the answer is a resounding "NO!" With that being said, Yasser Arafat was also a Nobel winner who, while negotiating with the Israeli's for peace in the middle east was complicit in the shipping of arms into the Gaza Strip. Now, again, your point was? The Nobel Peace prize is nothing more than a trophy presented by a bunch of bleeding heart appeasers. Sorry, I don't buy your line of thinking.

June 27 2010 at 12:22 PM Report abuse +23 rate up rate down Reply

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