Bob Woodward Describes Dinner With Al Gore As Unpleasant

Veteran reporter Bob Woodward regaled a crowd Thursday in Youngstown, Ohio with tales of his storied journalism career, recalling a dinner with former Vice President Al Gore as “taxing” and “unpleasant,” according to The Vindicator newspaper:

He also told an unflattering, but amusing story about sitting next to former Vice President Al Gore at a dinner, saying being with him was “taxing,” and added, “To be really honest, it’s unpleasant.”

 

Woodward said Gore pressed him on why the journalist didn’t go after Bush, who beat Gore in the 2000 presidential election, over the war in Iraq.

 

Gore was a former reporter before becoming a politician, and “he thinks he invented [reporting] also,” Woodward joked in reference to an often misquoted statement that the ex-vice president claimed he invented the Internet.

h/t Political Wire.

Correction: This post originally reported that Woodward’s appearance was at Youngstown State University. It was at Stambaugh Auditorium as part of the university’s lecture series. 

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