The Al Gore who was on stage in the 2000 election campaign was too often stiff, rigid, repetitive, boring. Behind the scenes, he was quite humorous and likeable. To this day, I don’t understand why the campaign did not reveal the “real Al Gore.”
But I made my peace with Gore not assuming the presidency though he won the popular vote, when I read the novella, “43: When Gore Beat Bush,” by Jeff Greenfield. I address the issue on “Slender Threads: The ‘What If’s of History.” In essence, I’m convinced Al Gore would have had a hard time in his four-year presidency, and would have had a very tough time keeping the Democratic coalition together and winning re-election in 2004. And even if Gore could have delayed and perhaps prevented the American war in Iraq in 2003, I doubt America could have forever resisted another war in Iraq, given how “easy” and “successful” the first Gulf War was perceived.