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Touring The Al Gore Presidential Library & Museum
American Spectator ^ | Jan. 13, 2005 | Leonard Albin

Posted on 01/13/2005 2:45:18 AM PST by jslade

Special Report
Touring the Al Gore Presidential Library and Museum
By Leonard Albin
Published 1/13/2005 12:08:26 AM

Almost obscured by the climbing pink orchids and dense sub-tropical foliage in Boca Raton, Florida, a one-story, somber post-modern building of concrete and glass rises from the landscape. Though locals just refer to it affectionately as "that ugly damn place," the newly completed Al Gore Presidential Library and Museum is an important cultural site that should be part of everyone's Florida vacation -- even during the off-season. Just off I-95 in Palm Beach County, and convenient to the Pompano Beach Motel 6, this new historical and educational landmark is simply as magical as Disneyworld. Much more than a civic building, the Al Gore Library is a testament to one Tennessee man's heroic stand against adversity, who dared challenge the status quo with courage, resolve, and above all, a team of ferocious lawyers.

As my wife and I entered the soaring 20-foot-high sun-filled atrium and lobby, one nagging thought did keep coming to mind: Al Gore was never President. That much, of course, is true. However, the Al Gore Library's founding charter (signed by 162 nations) clearly states that it should be the popular vote, not the Electoral College, which elects presidents. Since this conflicts with certain language in The United States Constitution, the Library is not recognized as an official landmark by the Federal government and no public money was used in its construction. Instead, the Library was funded in large part by a generous grant from a mysterious "Warren," and has also received millions of dollars in contributions from donors who either believe that Al Gore really is president, or really was elected president, or was president for a month until the Supreme Court threw him out of office -- and from a much larger group of people who realize that Gore was not elected president but should have been, although he probably was elected after all, if all the votes were actually counted.

Soon, we were greeted by our docent, a retired high school shop teacher originally from Kew Gardens, Queens. "We got over ten thousand books here," he said, as he started the tour. Yet it wasn't books that first piqued our interest, but the question of whether it was appropriate to charge $15 for adults (and $7.50 for children under 12) for admission to a presidential library that had no president. But our docent wasn't bothered by that. "Al Gore won the popular vote," he said. "And he did seem to be president there for a while, at least on a couple of networks."

That philosophical matter solved, we turned our attention to the main feature of the airy lobby: a mural that stretched across the entire back wall. Here, enlarged to about 1,000 times actual size, was a print of a Mapquest map of Massachusetts Avenue in Washington D.C. -- the street where Al Gore spent much of his life. First, we saw the blue "X" marking his boyhood home at the posh Fairfax Hotel in the 2000 block, back when Al's Dad was a United States Senator. Then, we noticed another blue "X" marking the young Albert's prep school, the swank St. Alban's School, near the 3700 block. Nearby, there was another blue "X" at 3450 Massachusetts Avenue -- the former Naval Observatory that serves as the Vice President's official residence. Towards the eastern end of the Avenue, there was another blue "X" signifying Al Gore's 16 years' employment as a Congressman and Senator at the United States Capitol, conveniently located just two blocks from Massachusetts Avenue. (The huge Mapquest map was generated on a NASA Supercomputer and superprinter, by clicking repeatedly on maximum Zoom In.)

There was no blue "X" at the White House, of course, since there was no Gore presidency. Nevertheless, the Al Gore Library and Museum's curators have carefully considered what a Gore presidency would have been like, if he had actually won. As a result, the place proudly displays several fascinating exhibits portraying the projected great moments and achievements of a Gore Administration, as if they had already happened.

To combat global warming, there was Gore's ambitious National Central Air Conditioning, mandating that cool air be pumped into every building with four walls and a roof in America retrofitted with the proper ducts -- at no charge. This Act is commemorated at the Library and Museum with an original Jimmy Carter oil painting depicting the sun, with a red circle around it and a red slash through it. For consumer safety, there was the Mandatory Airbags for Bicycles Act, and in education, the No School Lunch Left Behind program, designed to help public school children learn the basic skills and fundamentals necessary for finishing Lunch. Yet the Gore Administration's finest achievement would have been The Beverly Hills Peace Accords -- a unilateral "statement of purpose" drafted by major film stars, directors, and producers calling on all the Nations of the World, large or small, or rich or poor, to stop fighting. As the Accords' Article I eloquently puts it: "Dude, can't we all just get along?" Yes, these are words to live by. The Accords exhibit was aptly dignified and austere, too: an original Jimmy Carter oil painting of George W. Bush, with a red circle around it and a red slash through it.

After we spent fifteen minutes marveling at these exhibits, and a half-hour enjoying Kosher hamburgers at the adjacent Joe Lieberman Delicatessen & Lounge, our docent led us down the hall and asked us to give our serious and undivided attention to the Library and Museum's principal attraction.

"Come here," he said, beckoning with a finger. "You gotta see this."

Inside a special, large acoustically-dampened room, seven cheerful uniformed Library employees were sitting at a long, low folding table, piled high with papers and cards. Behind them, a blackboard was covered with numbers and check marks and unfamiliar names like "Volusia" and "Osceola," and now and then somebody would yell out a number -- like "62" or "73." For a moment, we were drawn in by everyone's visible enthusiasm, and we almost called out, "Bingo!" But then we realized what this room was for. This was The Vote Counting Room. They were counting the Florida ballots from the 2000 Presidential Election again. Nearby, supervising the tally, was an Ernst & Young senior accountant and two heavily armed Florida State Troopers, who gathered the ballots each day at closing time and deposited them overnight in the largest, most secure vault in Palm Beach County -- the one at the Limbaugh estate.

"Who's winning?" I finally asked.

Our docent grinned and said, "It's still too close to call."

The Al Gore Presidential Library and Museum, located near N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton, Florida, is open daily (except holidays) from 5 to 4, in observance of the Supreme Court decision that gave George W. Bush the presidency.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: albore; algore; dummies; duufus; ignoranus; nutcases; whackos; wingnuts
The DUmmies......a gift that just keeps on giving!
1 posted on 01/13/2005 2:45:19 AM PST by jslade
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To: jslade

Is this article some sort of satire, or does this place really exist?


2 posted on 01/13/2005 2:51:50 AM PST by AQGeiger (RKBA Royal Enumerator of the Leguminous Stockpile, Wielder of the Enchanted Endoscope of Justice.)
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To: jslade
deposited them overnight in the largest, most secure vault in Palm Beach County -- the one at the Limbaugh estate.

HA HA HA

3 posted on 01/13/2005 2:53:20 AM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: jslade

Must be a franchise of the President Clinton Library and Massage Parlor.


4 posted on 01/13/2005 2:54:32 AM PST by MadAnthony1776
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To: jslade

I suppose the adult fiction section is the largest part of the collection.


5 posted on 01/13/2005 2:54:53 AM PST by carumba
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To: jslade; dennisw; Seeking the truth; Clemenza
I am in shock! No, this is Boca. Why should I be shocked at liberal idiocy. I don't hang around that part of town much anyways. But in my home town? Aw man... just what we need. Some liberal wet dream memorial.

Hey, can anyone ping any Boca FReepers they know?

Clemenza, thought you might get a laugh out of this.

6 posted on 01/13/2005 2:56:04 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob
This HAS to be satire, please!
7 posted on 01/13/2005 2:57:27 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: AQGeiger
Is this article some sort of satire, or does this place really exist?

One way to find out. Drive to Boca Raton.

8 posted on 01/13/2005 2:58:05 AM PST by jslade (People who are easily offended......OFFEND ME!)
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To: jslade

Should the Al Gore Prez Library not be in Tennesse? Oh right, Big Al could not carry his "home" state...most Tennesseans hate the Fat Bast__d!


9 posted on 01/13/2005 3:28:05 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero)
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To: Caipirabob

It's satire.


10 posted on 01/13/2005 3:31:18 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Caipirabob

Palm Beach County is not the same as when I was going to college at Florida Atlantic in the late 60's. This was before Red Buttons started hawking that heaven's waiting room at Century Village to all the Northeast FDR retirees. Palm Beach County used to be solid Republican.


11 posted on 01/13/2005 3:42:05 AM PST by jslade (People who are easily offended......OFFEND ME!)
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To: jslade

This is from the 'Onion', right?


12 posted on 01/13/2005 3:42:54 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Truth29
And as you exit the building, you pass a wall of loudspeakers playing over and over, people chanting..

Get Out of Cheney's House!!!

13 posted on 01/13/2005 4:25:39 AM PST by ken5050
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To: MadAnthony1776

bttt


14 posted on 01/13/2005 5:01:26 AM PST by jslade (People who are easily offended......OFFEND ME!)
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To: jslade
Since when do has-been Veeps get a Lie-brary? He should have his own out building outhouse at the Clinton massage parlor in Little Rock.
15 posted on 01/13/2005 5:32:13 AM PST by RasterMaster (Saddam's family were WMD's - He's behind bars & his sons are DEAD!)
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To: All

I guess I missed it. Where was the Internet, that Big Al invented, mentioned? I'm sure that was the biggest display since it was such an important part of the 2004 election!


16 posted on 01/13/2005 7:04:35 AM PST by CAluvdubya (From the RED part of California)
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To: jslade

I wonder if the Al Gore Presidential Library has lo-flo toilets?


17 posted on 01/13/2005 7:10:54 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: OrioleFan

Those "over ten thousand books" in the Algore library must be the remaindered copies of Earth in the Balance not sold.


18 posted on 01/13/2005 7:18:27 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: jslade

Well, the Clinton Presidential Library is in a mobile home, so the Gore Library is going to be in what?...and old WW2 era Quonset hut?


19 posted on 01/13/2005 7:52:04 AM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: jslade

As Alice said: Everything gets curiouser and curiouser!


20 posted on 01/13/2005 9:00:26 AM PST by peacebaby (smoked and inhaled)
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To: CAluvdubya
The Internet! God sakes! I forgot about that one!

Weren't there many other marvels he claimed to have invented?

21 posted on 01/13/2005 9:06:08 AM PST by March I up
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To: Carolinamom

He tried to sell them to the Chinese but was told: "We made our own copies."


22 posted on 01/13/2005 9:15:51 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: jslade

Satire, right?


23 posted on 01/13/2005 10:10:49 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Caipirabob
Thanks for the ping!

This is satire at its best.

I hope Gore's Mausoleum Presidential Library has a separate room encasing the famous Jesse Jackson Go Home Bullhorn" that the Florida Freepers used to chase Jesse from the street in front of the West Palm Beach Courthouse back in Election 2000!

Become a Pajama Patrol Deputy!

24 posted on 01/13/2005 10:18:55 AM PST by Seeking the truth (0cents.com - 18k gold Pajama Patrol Badges coming soon!)
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