Bush Invites Gore, Nobel Winner

Political opponents never reconciled after bitter 2000 election
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2007 6:11 PM CST
President George W. Bush shakes hands with former Vice President Al Gore after taking the oath of office from Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington in this file...   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Bush recently invited US Nobel laureates to their annual White House photo op, but he personally called Peace Prize winner and bitter presidential loser Al Gore—and moved the event to November 26 to accommodate Gore's schedule. “It’s unusual, that’s for sure,” said one Gore advisor. “But the conversations were good, and the White House has been very gracious about it.”

Presidents have hosted political enemies before, but Bush and Gore share a dislike beyond normal GOP-Dem tensions, the Washington Post reports. Gore has blasted Bush’s policies, and the prez dismisses Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth. Will Gore try to sway him on global warming when they meet? “I'm sure he would love to give the slide show,” Gore’s adviser said. (Read more Al Gore stories.)