Magazine article Newsweek


Magazine article Newsweek


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The Gores Get Going

Al Gore is 100 percent right: the American public does not know him ("Al Gore's Best Hope," National Affairs, May 24). Which is to say he played the role of vice president perfectly and didn't try to overshadow or upstage the president. But the time has come for Gore to define himself. He has to learn how to fight; he has to know his best punches and throw them hard and often. The president for the new millennium must have a fresh vision. Al Gore's high-tech and environmental interests are the perfect balance for a future America. There is also support to be won from conservative Republicans, once they realize Gore holds strong family values. He shouldn't be afraid to lose this election. He should stick to his principles, keep them simple and clear and always speak from the heart.

Robert Munro

Vancouver, Canada

In response to your article on Gore, I'm ready for a boring, down-to- business president. I don't care if he has little humor or lacks charisma. He is not there to entertain us. We have a president now who can literally "charm the pants off" some people. Thanks, but no thanks. We need a leader, not an entertainer.

Lynn D. Kingston

Marietta, Ga.

Team Gore? It's more like Team Snore.

M. L. Chastam

Miami, Fla.

The Clothing Conflict

I nodded my head while reading David Updike's My Turn about his son's clothing ("I Don't Like What You're Wearing," May 24). For six years, from the time my son was 13 years old until he was 19, I shook my head at his attire, including his hairstyles. I was convinced that he would be wearing a grunge outfit with shaved head (save for a ponytail) to his first job interview. And it bothered me, too, even as I laughed it off and remembered the shock of hot pants and bell-bottoms from the time when I came of age myself. However, I am happy to report that when I got home from work the other night, I found him in his bedroom wrestling with a tie and putting together what turned out to be a very nice, conservative first-interview outfit--a suit, and even a shirt with a button-down collar. …

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