6/13/00 10:30 a.m.
Al Gore, Graphic Artist
The vice president is a jack of all trades.

By Melissa A. Seckora, NR editorial associate


t seems as though Mr. Gore has been dabbling in the design business.

On Friday, The New York Times ran a front-page story headlined "Gore Dots the i's That Bush Leaves to Others," praising Al Gore for his hands-on approach throughout the 2000 presidential campaign and describing Governor Bush as having an "admitted lack of interest." When aides approached Al with a design for his campaign paraphernalia — the buttons and bumper stickers and placards — he thought they failed to convey the deeper, innermost meaning of Gore 2000. So what did the V.P. do to come up with the futuristic swoosh and star logo that we will all come to loathe?

"I took several of the suggested designs and kind of recombined them and added a different approach... I 've always felt that logos and other visual symbols that are seen over and over again actually are pretty important."

Wait a second. Since when did having an interest in designing logos become a qualification for the presidency of the United States? The Times seems to endorse this view. The problem with this is that we already know candidates have different styles; different ways of conveying a message. Looks like Mr. Gore is focusing on the fluff and so are the liberal media.

It comes down to this: Do we want another Carteresque president who spends his time doing things like figuring out the White House tennis court playing schedule? Or, do we want someone who looks at the big picture?

The latest redefinition of Gore is also the lamest. He's not just an inventor, but an artiste — and he aspires to be a Commander-in-Chief.