Woodward on Gore: Former VP Was ‘Unpleasant’ as Dinner Companion

Image: Woodward on Gore: Former VP Was ‘Unpleasant’ as Dinner Companion Famed reporter Bob Woodward, left, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 09:38 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Former Vice President Al Gore is apparently not the most fun person to have dinner with, according to veteran reporter Bob Woodward, who recently attended a Washington D.C. dinner event with the environmentalist.

Woodward described Gore as “taxing,” adding that “to be really honest, it was unpleasant” to sit next to the former vice president, speaking to a crowd at Youngstown State University in Ohio last week, the Youngstown Vindicator reported.

During the lunch, the Watergate-famed reporter said Gore pressed him on why he did not probe former President George W. Bush’s push into Iraq.

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Bush defeated Gore in the 2000 election presidential election, which many on the left still contest.

Gore, who was a reporter before he became a politician, “thinks he invented [reporting],” Woodward said jokingly, alluding to the former vice president’s famously misquoted claim that he invented the Internet.

This isn’t the first time the veteran Washington Post journalist has had an issue with Gore.

During a 2011 speech before the Organization for International Investment, Woodward reportedly used the same words to describe Gore -- “taxing” and “unpleasant,” The Hill reported.

Earlier this year, Woodward made headlines for suggesting that the administration threatened him in an e-mail after he questioned President Barack Obama’s account of how sequestration came about.

Woodward later clarified what happened, telling CBS News’ "Face The Nation" that "I never said it was threatening.”

Woodward subsequently invited the president and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling to his house, in an attempt to amend the situation.

"He's a peacemaker," Woodward said, referring to Sperling. "I am in the business of listening, and I'm going to invite him over to my house if he'll come and hopefully he'll bring others from the White House, maybe the president himself, and we can -- you know, talking really works.”

The meeting has not happened yet.

Woodward isn’t the first political insider to speak his mind about Gore.

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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who died in February, also said "I don’t happen to like Al Gore."

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