And yet, we’re not too young to know,
This love will last though years may go
And then someday they may recall
We were not too young at all
*SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
There’s a somebody else I’m longing to see
I hope that he turns out to be
Someone who’ll watch over me…
*I REMEMBER YOU
Was it in Tahiti? Were we on the Nile?
Long, long ago, say an hour or so
I recall that I saw your smile
* AL GORE speech
Thank you so much, Chris.
And it’s truly a great honor to have the opportunity to come to this stage twice.
I’m extremely grateful.
I have been blown away by this conference, and I want to thank all of you for the many nice comments about what I had to say the other night.
And I say that sincerely, partly because — (Mock sob) — I need that! (Laughter) Put yourselves in my position!
I flew on Air Force Two for eight years.
Now I have to take off my shoes or boots to get on an airplane! (Laughter) (Applause)
I’ll tell you one quick story to illustrate what that’s been like for me.
It’s a true story — every bit of this is true.
Soon after Tipper and I left the — (Mock sob) — White House — (Laughter) — we were driving from our home in Nashville to a little farm we have 50 miles east of Nashville — driving ourselves.
I know it sounds like a little thing to you, but — (Laughter) — I looked in the rearview mirror and all of a sudden it just hit me.
There was no motorcade back there.
You’ve heard of phantom limb pain? (Laughter)
This was a rented Ford Taurus.
It was dinnertime, and we started looking for a place to eat.
We were on I-40. We got to Exit 238, Lebanon, Tennessee.
We got off the exit, started looking for a — we found a Shoney’s restaurant. Low-cost family restaurant chain, for those of you who don’t know it.
We went in and sat down at the booth, and the waitress came over, made a big commotion over Tipper.
(Laughter)She took our order, and then went to the couple in the booth next to us, and she lowered her voice so much I had to really strain to hear what she was saying.
She said “Yes, that’s former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper.” And the man said, “He’s come down a long way, hasn’t he?” (Laughter)
There’s been kind of a series of epiphanies.
The very next day, continuing a totally true story, I got on a G-5 to fly to Africa to make a speech in Nigeria, in the city of Lagos, on the topic of energy.
I began the speech by telling them the story of what had just happened the day before in Nashville.
I told it pretty much the same way I’ve just shared it with you: Tipper and I were driving ourselves, Shoney’s, low-cost family restaurant chain, what the man said — they laughed.
I gave my speech, then went back out to the airport to fly back home.
I fell asleep on the plane, until during the middle of the night, we landed on the Azores Islands for refueling.
I woke up, they opened the door, I went out to get some fresh air, and I looked and there was a man running across the runway.
And he was waving a piece of paper, and he was yelling, “Call Washington! Call Washington!”
And I thought to myself, in the middle of the night, in the middle of the Atlantic, what in the world could be wrong in Washington?
Then I remembered it could be a bunch of things. (Laughter)
But what it turned out to be was that my staff was extremely upset because one of the wire services in Nigeria had already written a story about my speech.
And it had already been printed in cities all across the United States of America — it was printed in Monterey, I checked. And the story began, “Former Vice President Al Gore announced in Nigeria yesterday, ‘My wife Tipper and I have opened a low-cost family restaurant, named Shoney’s, and we are running it ourselves.'”
(Laughter) Before I could get back to U.S. soil, David Letterman and Jay Leno had already started in on — one of them had me in a big white chef’s hat, Tipper was saying, “One more burger, with fries!”
Three days later, I got a nice, long, handwritten letter from my friend and partner and colleague Bill Clinton saying, “Congratulations on the new restaurant, Al!”
(Laughter) We like to celebrate each other’s successes in life.
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