WHAT ‘TIPPED’ AL & TIPPER? by Elizabeth Searle
Not Al and Tipper! “I can’t handle this,” I said to my computer screen when faced with the shocking news. Even as a hardened celebrity-watcher, I’m having trouble with this one, folks.
I met Al Gore briefly during his Presidential bid when he heeded my sister’s rope-line plea to ‘Kiss this baby!” Gore obligingly stepped over and greeted (but did not kiss) my baby son. I stared into his extremely pale blue eyes; intelligent eyes, but not warm.
It was Tipper, of course, who provided the warmth and oomph that Gore as political performer so badly needed. Tipper with her great smile and great hair; Tipper, so refreshingly down to earth in the glossy world of politics. Tipper, who took on as her improbable causes not only racy rock lyrics but depression, frankly admitting that behind her sunny persona, she’d struggled with it.
The couple had just purchased a multimillion dollar California mansion– suggesting their split was not long planned. I hope in six months or whatever passes these days as a discrete interlude, we are not treated to photos of 60ish Al Gore bandying about some comely young Environmentalist.
If Bill Clinton can act his age, Al Gore ought to. And probably will. Perhaps we will never know what brought down the house of Gore. Could it be celebrity-hood itself? After his searing election loss, Al Gore had unexpectedly become cool. He’d won the Nobel Prize and, even ‘cooler,’ the Oscar. (Another example of the post-Oscar Divorce Curse??) These days, Al is said to travel nonstop.
Tipper seems more the homebody type; more of a regular person. Which is maybe what makes this particular celebrity break-up, for me, a heartbreaker. How about you? Does the Gores’ break-up– or other surprise celebrity break-ups– get to you? (Charles and Di? Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman?) A final note from ‘a place called Hope’: Al and Tipper are officially ‘separating’ but not yet officially ‘divorcing.’ Does anyone but me see a chance for a second chance?
PS: Thanks Litotes for Polar Al cartoon & yourpallesley for woodland Al & Tipper photo
(photos: wonkette.com, suprmchaos.com, bookerrising.net, Clinton1nara.gov)