Al and Tipper Gore Are Separating

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As if world events weren't bleak enough already — oil will continue to flow into the Gulf forever, Middle East peace looks even more doomed — now comes the worst news of all: Al and Tipper Gore are separating. According to an e-mail that a friend apparently forwarded to Politico:


We are announcing today that after a great deal of thought and discussion, we have decided to separate.

This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.

We don't think anyone saw this coming. The Gores have been together since meeting at a high-school dance, and just celebrated their 40th anniversary a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps the love faded away through the years, like a slowly melting glacier. We suppose these things just happen sometimes. But while the Gores may never be the same again, we prefer to remember them at the peak of their love: making out in front of everybody at the Democratic National Convention in 2000.

Al and Tipper Gore to separate [Politico]