This was part of the Barbara Walters special,but it ended up on the cutting floor. The Note featured it today and it will curl your toes:
"One thing we want to leave you with to remember us by is another excerpt from Barbara
Walters interview with Al Gore and family, which airs tonight on 20/20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m.
CT (check your local listings).
The following exchanges, while sure to interest Note readers and historians, actually won't be
part of tonight's 20/20 broadcast, so you can read them only here and now:
WALTERS: I'm not sure that people realize that while you were in the residence of the Vice
President [during the Florida recount] there were crowds of people outside screaming at you.
What was that all about?
AL GORE: Well, this was the Republican response to what was happening during that 36-day
period, and they organized busloads of people that came and stood outside the house all day
and all night screaming at the top of their lungs.
WALTERS: What, "Get out!"?
TIPPER GORE: Things like that, yes, and, and sometimes Ö things that we don't want to say on
your program, and, some people saw that they were buses from "churches," but it was
organized. The one thing that, that they did mainly was reach the bedrooms of our children, and
Albert was still in school locally, and trying to study, so we rearranged, you know, they Ö kids
moved to a different part of the house, and I was trying to think of a way that we could kind of
laugh about this since obviously it was out of our control, there wasn't anything anybody could
do so I got all the boom boxes in the house and Ö I remember sort of what the government did
with Noriega Ö I thought we'd try that, and I aimed them at, toward, you know, where the crowd
WALTERS: The crowd?
TIPPER GORE: Ö And I put nature sounds on and turned it all the way up. And at least the kids
AL GORE: There were a few, more than a few who supported us and were offended by the
organized chanting round the clock who came out on the other street corner during the day to
express their support with signs, and Ö You know, emotions were running high throughout the
country and it was just an unprecedented time.
KARENNA GORE: Well, when we were in the Vice President's house during the recount, it was
it was very intense. And one of the things I remember is that there was a Ö an organized effort
by, I don't know whether it was the RNC or it was Ö it was right-wing groups, it was definitely
Bush-campaign-oriented effort to bus in people to have a sort of siege at the Vice President's
house, and, so, they were all lining there, screaming, and it was kind of an assortment of
groups. I mean, some of them were anti, um, were anti-abortion groups, and some of them were
pro-gun groups, and some of them Ö they all had their different signs. But they were all
screaming, "Get out of Cheney's house," the whole time. And I just remember being there next to
my dad, because I went for a run, and I ran back through them, and I was very upset when I
came into the house. And my whole attitude was, like, "We've got to fight back harder. And
where are our crowds?" And my dad, I'll never forget his response. He said, "We have to do
what's best for the country, and it is not good for the country to have this kind of divisiveness.
And he was on the phone, really calling off the dogs. There were people who wanted to fan the
Ö the flames of the racial issue and have real unrest. And he was on the phone asking them not
to, because of what was best for the country not because of what was best for him politically.
And that's really who he is.
WALTERS: Do you remember the crowds outside screaming?
KRISTEN GORE: The crowds that were screaming outside our house, you know, "Get out of
Cheney's house." And other things Ö of that nature, were really upsetting. It was difficult Ö It
was just very Ö upsetting that someone would Ö yell those things at us. It felt Ö we felt sort of
like Ö trapped in this Ö you know, little house with all these people yelling mean things. It's no
fun. You know, whether you're a child of the person who they're directed at, or anyone else. It
Ö it wasn't a good situation.
WALTERS: Were you scared?
KRISTEN GORE: I was scared that the truth was not going to come out. That's what I was.
Again, not anti-Republican ( I've met & spoken with Rep. Pete King from NY, and was in the McCain for president camp), but I've come too see a
manipulated faction in the Republican party rise, under two Clinton terms, that is eerily similar to the Brownshirts during Weimar Germany. Given the
fascist ties to the Bush family name, it makes you wonder.
An over pouring of emotion was expected and reasonable from either side; it was a charged issue. But organized operations like this, and the 'riot'
that stopped the initial recount in Florida which was later found to be manned by GOP staffers flown in from other states, is manipulation of
perception towards an end, which is fascist to the core.