An Inclusive Litany


After the Chicago Bulls won another NBA championship, Vice President Al Gore marveled at the team's star player. "I tell you, that Michael Jackson is unbelievable, isn't he? He's just unbelievable. Three plays in 20 seconds." Previously, Gore declared that a leopard cannot change its stripes, mistranslated the Great Seal's e pluribus unum as "out of one, many," and claimed that he and his wife Tipper were the real-life models for the Ivy League couple in Erich Segal's Love Story, an assertion the author felt obliged to correct. While touring Monticello during an important photo opportunity in 1992 as vice president-elect, Gore asked the guide about all the white marble busts that lined the walls. "Who are these people?" he asked. Somewhat taken aback, the guide hesitated, then identified George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson...

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