This Day in History: Al Gore Gives Up … So The Stock Market Could Keep Going Up

Interested in hearing your ideas about what we haven’t heard yet about the 2000 election. I have my ideas, but looking forward to hearing what you have to say, nine years later:

Almost a century and a half ago, Senator Stephen Douglas told Abraham Lincoln, who had just defeated him for the presidency, “Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I’m with you, Mr. President, and God bless you.” Well, in that same spirit, I say to President-Elect Bush that what remains of partisan rancor must now be put aside, and may God bless his stewardship of this country.

— Vice President Al Gore’s concession speech on December 13, 2000, after the Supreme Court decision Bush v. Gore, effectively ending his hopes of becoming the 43rd president of the U.S.

Full text of Vice President Al Gore’s concession speech here.

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  • tonyviner

    The more I think about it the more I think we would have been screwed either way. Al Gore might have stopped the terrorists from coming here but he would have probably let his crazy wife outlaw music. At least with Bush allowing the terrorist attacks to happen, and using that as an excuse to embark on a revenge-fueled oil-war while totally “forgetting” about the alleged mastermind behind the attacks, we got nearly ten years of good angry music. Would I have traded the prospect of good music for a possibly decent president? In a heartbeat.

  • honu

    I’m still not over my anger from the 2000 election. I don’t think there’s one thing anyone could say that was a positive thing Bush did for this country. Not one. And keeping America safe from terrorism ain’t one (9-11 happened on his watch partly because he ignored memos saying we’d be attacked PLUS the anthrax attacks that happened after so, no, sorry he didn’t exactly keep America safe). I suppose you could argue that lowering taxes for Americans was a positive thing and normally I’d agree but not when you’re waging a 12B/month illegal war which ballooned the deficit. I think it’s fare to say that Gore would have been a much better president but having said that, I will give cowboy Bush credit in one regard. He f’d up so badly and was so transparent with his croneyist, elitist agendas that it woke up some of the American population (like me) to see nakedly the fact that it’s really the bankers and corporations that run the show. Gore would have probably kept business as usual which would have kept most of us in a blasse political haze.

  • honu

    I'm still not over my anger from the 2000 election. I don't think there's one thing anyone could say that was a positive thing Bush did for this country. Not one. And keeping America safe from terrorism ain't one (9-11 happened on his watch partly because he ignored memos saying we'd be attacked PLUS the anthrax attacks that happened after so, no, sorry he didn't exactly keep America safe). I suppose you could argue that lowering taxes for Americans was a positive thing and normally I'd agree but not when you're waging a 12B/month illegal war which ballooned the deficit. I think it's fare to say that Gore would have been a much better president but having said that, I will give cowboy Bush credit in one regard. He f'd up so badly and was so transparent with his croneyist, elitist agendas that it woke up some of the American population (like me) to see nakedly the fact that it's really the bankers and corporations that run the show. Gore would have probably kept business as usual which would have kept most of us in a blasse political haze.

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