Steve and Al

by Russ Roberts on January 10, 2007

in Web/Tech

Holman Jenkins finds it strange that Al Gore is the protector of Steve Jobs:

We can only wonder what Al Gore is making of his experience as the No. 1 defender of today’s No. 1 backdating miscreant.

Mr. Gore, an Apple director, was a member of the
special two-man committee that investigated and exonerated Steve Jobs
in the backdating matter. By now, we presume he is well-versed in what
backdating is and isn’t. But how easily Mr. Gore — the scourge of Big
Pharma, etc. — could have been the one braying about greed, CEO theft,
the defrauding of shareholders.

I didn’t know that Gore was half of the committee. It puts this moment from yesterday’s keynote address into a whole new light:

10:23am – "I can double-tap and it’ll zoom in — I can make this text
bigger if I want to, and there it is. Isn’t this cool? There is the New
York Times. Unbelievable. You can look at multiple web pages as well, I
just push this button in the corner, shrinks it down, and I can add a
new page. Let’s go to Amazon. I like looking at what DVDs are selling
– I like especially when Disney DVDs are on top."

- Page is loading, albeit a bit slowly. "And here we are, and there’s a
section over here, and these are the top sellers. Oh look, Al’s "An
Inconvenient Truth" is number one. Now I can go back to the NYT if I
want, I can get rid of these by just hitting the X." Looks a bit like
the UIQ browser, but much more slick.

When he just happened to check out DVD’s and just happened to find Al’s DVD (love that first name basis!), I thought he was pandering to the environmentalist in all of us to show how he’s a good  guy. But no. It’s was a little thank you to Al. I wonder if Gore was happy to see his DVD touted or whether he cringed.

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Daniel January 10, 2007 at 12:59 pm

I'd bet the guy who used to be "the next U.S. president" loved it.

Felix January 10, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Gore has been on the board of Apple for some years now. Everybody in the Moscone Center knew of the relationship between Jobs and Gore.

python January 10, 2007 at 4:04 pm

In another demo on their web page, they show the lead NY Times story which is something about the Democrats taking over the House with a picture of Pelosi and her hand raised high.

Coincidence? I think not.

Russell Hanneken January 10, 2007 at 4:40 pm


As long as we're being conspiratorial:

If you have Mac OS X, run the Dictionary application and look up stovepipe. Note the usage example.

I don't have a Mac in front of me right now, but as I recall it says something about "neocons stovepiping lies to the White House" (close to the exact words, I think).

Daniel January 10, 2007 at 5:50 pm

I forgot the dictionary was included in OS X. Thanks for the reminder. The exact entry is:

"verb [ trans. ] transmit (information) directly through levels of a hierarchy : neocons who stovepiped lies straight up to the White House."

The dictionary is the Oxford American Dictionary.

Ray G January 10, 2007 at 7:04 pm

So Algore and Rush Limbaugh are both Mac guys. . .

Al Fin January 13, 2007 at 9:32 am

Al Gore never cringes. He swells.

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