Al Gore on the unhappiest of anniversaries

Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, the former vice president remembers a dark night seven years ago.

By Tim Grieve

Published December 10, 2007 3:04PM (EST)

"Seven years ago tomorrow, I read my own political obituary in a judgment that seemed to me harsh and mistaken -- if not premature. But that unwelcome verdict also brought a precious if painful gift: an opportunity to search for fresh new ways to serve my purpose. Unexpectedly, that quest has brought me here. Even though I fear my words cannot match this moment, I pray what I am feeling in my heart will be communicated clearly enough that those who hear me will say, 'We must act.'" -- Former Vice President Al Gore, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, today.

On the night of Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, a divided Supreme Court issued its opinions in Bush v. Gore, assuring that George W. Bush would become the 43rd president of the United States.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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