Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Just wondering . . .

Why does Al Gore get a seat on the main stage for the inauguration?

5 comments:

solon said...

All of the living former presidents and former vice-presidents attend and receive very good seats.

harrogate said...

That's an excellent question from a Rhetorical perspective, m. Harrogate guesses it has mostly to do with signification--for these last eight years, Gore has had so much written and projected upon him --nay, the Idea of him--by those of us who harbor sympathies to the Democratic Party. And then his Nobel Prize only codified this further.

Whether or not this is a good thing, of course, is a whole other barrel or barrels.

M said...

I knew you'd know the answer, Solon. I knew former presidents got good seats, but I didn't realize that was extended to former VPs as well.

Supadiscomama said...

I think it's because he invented the internet and is single-handedly saving the planet. ;)

solon said...

The symbolic moment is that former leaders can step forward in a peaceful manner to honor the incoming administration.

But Supa D's explanation is as good, if not better, than mine.