THIS ONE TIME... I INTERVIEWED AL GORE
5 MINUTES... ONE ON ONE WITH THE V.P.
Regardless of your personal politics, you've got to think sitting down with the Vice President of the United States is pretty cool.
To date, I'd have to list former Vice President Al Gore as the most important person I've ever interviewed one on one. He was VP at the time, campaigning for president. My photographer Todd and I were covering the VP as he spent an entire day in Wisconsin campaigning. He did a swing that ran from Green Bay in the early morning, to Waukesha in the late evening, and we followed it all the way.
Somewhere in those 18 exhaustive hours, we got 5 minutes with Vice President Al Gore. It was campaign chat. The answers to my questions seemed fairly rehearsed. I guess that means my questions probably weren't that original. It was part that, and part these guys turn into robots on the campaign trail.
That's the part that got me, though. This was supposed to be "Al Bore." He was the butt of so many jokes. The knock on him was that he just wasn't exciting enough.
I recall the man being very engaging. He was warm, inviting, and passionate. Look... don't email me and blast me for being a liberal or some sort of Al Gore lover. I'm not talking politics here... I'm just talking about the guy. The guy impressed me.
What a year it's been for him. I keep rooting for him, since every cool thing that he does makes the picture I took with him all the cooler. So here's me with a guy who was not only the Vice President of the United States, but has since become an Oscar winner and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. That's not bad.
Number two most important person I've ever interviewed... probably Brett Favre. Go Pack.