It was the ultimate in Al Gore adoration, all the way from Oslo, Norway, via The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.
Scottish singer KT Tunstall gushed over Gore’s “expressive, arched, well-groomed” eyebrows. Actress Uma Thurman, who called him "adorable and sexy," said watching the “Inconvenient Truth” pedagogue “following his calling” was “like watching a beautiful racehorse run.”
To which the Post responded: "Al Gore, sexy man. The thinking girl's thoroughbred."
The December 12 Style section article committed to memory every detail of the Gore lovefest (part of the traditional concert to celebrate the Nobel Prizes) – down to the way wife Tipper “gently wiped sweat from her husband’s brow.” There was talk of celebrities glowingly meeting, hugging and praising Al Gore.
Jordan and Sullivan’s love letter to Gore called him “the connective tissue that turned the evening into a homily – albeit a celebratory one – about the dangers of global warming.”
Thus, as the infamous “planetary emergency” raged outside, the party – with 6,000 people, many of whom flew in for the occasion – went on. The article didn’t mention how the crowd was offsetting the event or all that travel.
The writers did, however, have plenty to say about the Bush administration, turning to astute political commentator Thurman.
“Thurman said she didn’t want to think about how the world might be different if Gore had defeated Bush in 2000,” they wrote. “‘It’s too painful to think about. Like pulling bandages from unhealed wounds,’ she said.”
The starstruck writers also recounted singer Annie Lennox calling the Bush administration “disgusting” – “on a night,” they said, when those in the administration “were portrayed largely as obstacles to the climate-change cause” – while Tunstall confessed she “trust[s]” Gore.
Even the head of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) got into the mix, calling global warming skeptics the “Flat Earth Society” in an interview with actor Kevin Spacey.