Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore Remembers My Birthday, Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dear Vice President Gore,

You, sir, are my Nobel hero!

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it.

''I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize,'' Gore said. ''We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.''

Gore's film ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' a documentary on global warming, won an Academy Award this year and he had been widely expected to win the prize.

He said he would donate his share of the $1.5 million that accompanies the prize to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit organization devoted to conveying the urgency of solving the climate crisis.

To say that I am thrilled for you and your family is an understatement--indeed, there's only one thing that would make me more ecstatic right now, and you know, it just so happens that I wrote (with apologies to Simon & Garfunkel) a little song about it last year.

Al, won't you please run for President?
People love you more than you will know (whoa, whoa, whoa)
God bless you Al--run for President!
The country needs a leader--one with brains.
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)

Giving fifteen interviews on Sunday afternoon;
Going to the candidates' debate.
Call them out on anything:
The quagmires that we're in--
Every way you look at it, you win.

Baby needs for there to be a really sweet ending to this particularly awful week, Mr. Vice President. Go on, throw your hat into the ring and make a cynical girl's heart soar.

Imagine the poetry of it.


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