I just Met Al Gore


So, yes, it was a bit bizarre for a Monday lunchtime. Somehow I had been let in to this Al Gore speech at the London Film School. He was there to launch his new TV venture in the UK: Current TV. There were no more than 100 of us, and I thought, people would probably pay big money for this seat. I called the Guardian to see if they would let me do an exlusive, but there was already one of their guys there. Damn. Then there were the sexy lettuce girls protesting outside of the school, which was even more bizarre as they were nearly naked. “Put some clothes on, girl,” I shouted. “It’s the man who should have been king”

Before the speech, I sneaked up to where Gore and his entourage and the Governors of the school were snacking. Insinuating myself into the receiving line, I stuck out my hand. This is it…this is the moment when you get to speak to a man who was the 2nd most powerful man in the world. Say something bloody good. “Hello Mr. Gore. My name is Daneeta Saft. I’m an alumni of this school and a filmmaker based in London. I am really looking forward to your talk.” Totally Lame. I should have shouted “you were robbed.”

It was actually quite a good speech, and, it’s true what they say about him. He is funny, and he can hold a crowd. And, he actually offered us jobs…all of us. It seems that anybody with a camera and a computer can upload their factual stuff to the Current TV site and submit your stuff to audience approval. If the audience doth approve, you will get you stuff on the TV channel and get paid. Bril…generating content for no money in the hopes that it will someday bring you money is my middle name.

Oh yeah, and I think this story scoops the Guardian.

6 Comments so far

  1. till (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 8:39 am

    You witnessed the inventor of the Internet and the only American to acknowledge a change in climate. :D

  2. Flora (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    Wow! what was the content of the speech; was it worth repeating?

    I’m not sure I agree that the vice-president is the ‘2nd most powerful man in the world’ though. :) But that logic, for example, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne is the 9th most powerful person in the world. (Yes, I did look that up!)

  3. Cappy (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

    If you like him so much, keep him.

  4. till (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    @Cappy: I hope at least the irony from my comment made it over to you.

  5. Daneeta Loretta Saft (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    Yes, yes. Irony. No.

    Well, the climate change irony, yes, but not the inventor of the internet thingie, no. I think I must have missed that memo.

  6. George (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    What? No comment about the unfolding budget disaster called London 2012?

    For some perspective, see:


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