Bill and Al: Buddies Again?

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2009 5:53 PM CDT
Bill and Al: Buddies Again?
Former President Bill Clinton is greeted by hAl Gore as he arrives with freed journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/David Zentz)

(Newser) – Today's warm embrace between Bill Clinton and Al Gore was just like old times, writes Adam Nagourney in the New York Times. The two have largely been on the outs since 2000, but they shared a "long and emotional hug" after Clinton's North Korean trip. While they've had spotty contact in recent years, Clinton readily agreed to the mission when Gore called 10 days ago. And Gore was there leading the applause upon Clinton's return.

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"For just a moment, even with their extra heft and grayer hair, it was easy to recall the most famous time Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore appeared together, campaigning across the country in 1992 as the Democratic candidate for president and vice president," writes Nagourney. "It was a ticket that seemed to challenge political wisdom—two men, both relatively young, both from the South, both moderates—and seemed to augur a new chapter in American politics." (Read more Al Gore stories.)

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