In response to a question about whether he’d consider Gore for a cabinet position, Obama said:
I would. Not only will I, but 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. It is something we have to deal with now, not 10 years from now, not 20 years from now.
You’ll recall we’ve been here before. After an earlier round of Obama flirty flirty, Gore said he wouldn’t return to government in any role but as a presidential candidate (and most likely not that either).
Gore would be nuts to serve in someone else’s administration. He’s got influence and impact orders of magnitude larger than what he’d have in the confines of a federal bureaucracy. Anyway I don’t think he has the taste for it anymore. Watch recent interviews — he reacts to political speculation with a bemused laugh, like he’s been asked about a weird dream he once had.