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Al and Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years of Marriage

Just as thousands of brides- and grooms-to-be prepared yesterday for their June weddings, Al and Tipper Gore announced that, after 40 years of marriage, they would be separating. (That’s encouraging news for newlyweds!)
While it’s certainly surprising to hear that the former Vice President and his high-school sweetheart photographer wife, whose kiss rocked the the 2000 Democratic National Convention, have decided to separate after four decades of marriage, it’s almost more surprising to hear that the relationship didn’t implode due to some torrid affair.
While few details are available, it seems that this is not the high-profile John Edwards/Tiger Woods/Jesse James-type tabloid-fueled scandal that we have gotten used to, but simply a case of two individuals growing apart over the years. How positively pedestrian!

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“This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration,” the Gores wrote in an email to friends obtained by and first reported on by Politico.
Television pundits shocked by the news are finding it hard to give the story any legs. A segment this morning on MSNBC with a People reporter who has followed the Gores for years, seemed to go nowhere when she noted that, yes, it was a shock to hear that the seemingly happy couple were separating, but that upon further reflection, friends could see they were leading separate lives and that was simply that.
And yet it seems that people want there to be juicy Bombshell McGees, secret love children, multiple mistresses, and tantalizing tabloid tidbits. Message boards are full of incredulity, claiming that there must have been cheating or some sort of scandal. Why else would a couple separate after 40 years? People just don’t throw in the towel after such a long time; they stick it out, by gum! Like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Al and Tipper seemed like the perfect couple: two people just meant for each other.
Maybe there are revelations yet to come, but, putting aside those who believe that divorce is never an option, it seems that these reactions speak more to the need of the American public to believe in a happily ever after, rather than the reality of relationships.
Were you shocked by the Gore’s announcement?

  • Pete

    Obviously Global Warming played little or no role in the Gore’s bedroom
    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/06/al-gore-and-tipper-gore-call-it-quits/

  • bird

    Yes, I was really surprised! After 40 years you’d think they’d be able to work out a way to stay together–if they truly love each other. If your marriage is a priority, you figure out how to keep it going. The only reason I can think of for them to divorce is if they want to be with other people. So don’t be surprised to see them dating at some point. I’m the same age as the Gores and have been married 41 years. After having gone through so much together, I cherish our relationship. I think in the Gores’ case “growing apart” really means a lack of caring.

  • Harlie and Connie Sue Stull

    I really wasn’t shocked Al is a strange guy, I’m sure he would be hard to get along with. Al I thought on several occasions acted as if he may not been true to Tipper. Also Al seemed to have a very bad temper about things, even screaming at times.
    My wonderful Husband was my high school sweet-heart I was close to 14 or 15 when I first met him at his Aunt’s house his first cousin whom just died a few days ago of Cancer, we’d set at a window where we could see him. I’ve been a singer all my live and I would sing Connie Smith’s songs and sound exactly like her. Since I gave my HEaRT TO GOD I can’t remember a country western song. I’ve been on TV many times on the Radio, made a CD of myself, and sang in a group for 17 yrs a 8 track tape of us singing, Nursing Homes,Camp Meetings, Church Home Coming’s,Fund Raising Gospel Sings, sang with the Connie and The Hoppers Brothers, Louise Mandrel and so many more.
    I feel head over heels in love with him he looked and still does look like the second Elvis Presley. He’s had old people down to the younger people tell him he’s Elvis. He says yeah right where is all the money, cars etc. I’ve had to work hard for what I’ve got, it didn’t come to me easy.
    On May 10th 2010 we was married 40 yrs. we drank and partied for a couple years when we was going to gether. One day I told him I want to start to CHURCH, HE SAID THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME, SO WE STARTED TO CHURCH. WE WENT FORWARD AND KNEELED DOWN AT THE ALTAR AND GAVE OUR HEARTS TO GOD. FROM THAT DAY FORWARD YOU COULD TELL WHO REALLY WAS YOUR FRIENDS. JUST ABOUT BUT 3 OR 4 STAYED AS FRIENDS, WE NEVER SAW THE OTHER ONES MAYBE IN A STORE.
    We still have JESUS CHRIST in our livves aand have got 2 of the best SONS you’d ever want. Neither drank, smoked or partied, and still don’t. I Thank God for my Two Precious Sons I wrote a poem about them. I don’t know how I could ever live with out my Husband he raised me and married me we love eaach other dearly. BUT SOME DAY IF JESUS DON’T COME FIRST ONE OF US WILL GO FIRST BY THE WAY OF THE GRAVE IT WON’T BE LONG UNTIL THE NEXT ONE OF US GOES.
    I PRAY AL AND TIPPER WILL FIND THEIR FIRST LOVE AND THEY MAKE IT BACK TOGETHER. I PRAY THEY WILL INVITE JESUS CHRIST IN TO THEIR LIVES AND IT WILL DO A COMPLETE CIRCLE OF THINGS IN THEIR LIVES. wITH OUT jESUS YOU JUST CAN’T MAAKE IT NO MATTER HOW WEALTHY YOU ARE.

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