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MP-1 The Promise: "I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues, but climate change is real."
When/Where: Obama Statement at a Town Hall Meeting, Wallingford, PA, 04/02/08.
Status:It's unclear what Candidate Obama meant by "at the table," a term he used frequently during his first presidential campaign. But this comment should not be interpreted as Obama offering former Vice President Gore a cabinet position. Ultimately, any meaningful interface between President Obama and Nobel Prize Laureate Gore on climate change issues were invisible to the public during President Obama's two terms in office.

On 11/13/08, Gore's office advised President-Elect Obama's White House transition team that Gore did not want to be considered to fill the position of "Climate Czar" under President Obama.

The two met to discuss climate issues prior to the CY2009 international negotiations held in Copenhagen, Denmark -- a conference that produced no substantive, enforceable targets for global warming pollution, only a "rhetorical agreement," according to Gore.

On 06/22/11, the magazine "Rolling Stone" published a 7K-word essay written by former Vice President Gore that accused President Obama of having failed to lead the U.S. and international communities on the issue of global warming.

This promise was not fulfilled.