I always marvel at the change that seems to overtake people in the presence of "celebrity" -- people fawn and present themselves in a most unflattering way. I wonder at the ego of those who enjoy being surrounded by sycophants.
I have met few truly great people in real life and even fewer authentic geniuses. Those I have met did share one dominant characteristic: a disdain for those who pander and an appreciation for honesty.
I wonder how much truth Mr. Gore experiences on a daily basis.