President Gore Reminisces
Washington, District of Columbia -- U.S. Vice-President Al Gore
revealed on Friday that for purely technical reasons he was
President of the United States last month, adding jocularly that
his brief term was marked by peace in the country and the world.
At the swearing-in ceremony here for Transport Secretary Rodney
Slater, Gore explained that he took the oath of office on
January 20 at 11:59 a.m., one minute before his and President
Bill Clinton's mandates expired.
Another five minutes passed before Clinton took his oath in the
ceremony on the steps of Congress.
"Some of the lawyers did say that for five minutes I was president
of the United States of America," Gore said.
"It was an important time for me, for my family and, if I may be
so bold, for America.
"History will record that the Gore administration had the fewest
crimes committed of any administration in history, Republican or
Democratic," he said.
"There was peace at home and abroad. We had a low inflation, a
booming economy. We created 3.1 jobs," he said.
"You could hear patriotic hymns from the steps of the Capitol
through the whole administration," Gore concluded.
WhiteBoard News for Friday, February 21, 1997