Apple Computer Board member Gore blasts President Bush; is this good for government Mac sales?

Al Gore, who lost the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000, on Sunday assailed President Bush, accusing him of betraying the nation by invading Iraq. Al Gore is also a member of Apple Computer’s Board of Directors, having joined on March 19, 2003.

“‘He took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure, dangerous to our troops, that was preordained and planned before 9-11,’ Gore told Tennessee Democrats at a party event Sunday. The former vice president said that he, like millions of others, had put partisanship aside after the September 11 terrorist attacks and wanted Bush to lead the nation. Instead, Gore shouted to the crowd, Bush ‘betrayed us,'” The Associated Press reports. Full article here.

Gore’s attacks come at a time when Apple shows increased interest in sales to government agencies. Apple was an exhibitor at FOSE 2004, a large technology trade show and conference for government professionals which took place last March 23-25 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

“Apple Computer said… that it is experimenting with new efforts to boost sales of Macintoshes to business and government customers. Apple sales chief Tim Cook told financial analysts that the company last month launched a direct effort that’s aimed at the creative market and government entities, with 70 Apple employees working in either field sales or telephone sales,’ Ina Fried reported for CNET this past November. Full article here.

Back in August 2003, The Office of Management and Budget added Linux and Mac OS to the list of supporting platforms under the Technical Reference Model of the Federal Enterprise Architecture. And, in September, reported that the login interface files from a recent build of Panther contains text and images for a U.S. Government specific login interface including seals for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Department of Defense, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Public Health Service. Then, in October, Apple published a knowledge base article with an Installation and Setup Guide for using the Department of Defense Common Access Card with Mac OS X.

In light of Apple’s new interest in selling Macs to U.S. government entities, does it make sense to have a sitting board member accusing the sitting U.S. President of “betraying the nation?” While no one would accuse us of being Dale Carnegie honor grads, it still doesn’t seem like the greatest idea to us. Should Apple rethink the Gore appointment or should Gore, for the good of Apple, step down from the Apple Board if he wants to continue to play politics?


  1. “After all, he won the popular vote, and would have won the electoral college vote if 5 supreme court justices hadn’t decided they should choose who won.”

    No, he wouldn’t have. The popular vote, and thus the electoral votes, in Florida would have gone to Bush in a recount. Why is it that Gore’s manipulation of FLOTUS is always overlooked by you silly Goretistas? There’s far less wrong with SCOTUS preventing illegal state court interference with elections (which is what they did) than with state courts illegally interfering with elections in the first place.

    It’s rather silly to connect Algore’s criticism of Bush to his being on the Apple board. Unless Algore himself is making statements about his association with Apple during these outbursts then I don’t think anyone will reasonably decide these are positions he’s taking or expression in connection with that association.

  2. “I just wonder if those people who have problems with Gore’s Apple affiliation also have the same problem with a right winger like Rush Limbaugh’s promotion of the Mac.”

    Well, there is one BIG difference here…Al Gore is on Apple’s board of directors, Rush Limbaugh is not. Nor is Rush Limbaugh paid or otherwise compensated by Apple in any way. So to compare the two in the context of what is being discussed here is quite laughable.

  3. go gore…call it like you see it. you shoulda shown more of this gumption in 2000 and maybe we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in right now.

    he’s on apple’s board? who cares. not everything is about apple for crissakes.

  4. Of course Bush uses a mac, anything else would be way too difficult for someone of his limited capacity. I imagine he was disappointed when he set up his imac and it didn’t swivel around in response to his movements and chimpanzee expressions like the imac in the commercial.


  5. I thought Al was your president? Didn’t he win that there election thingy you guys had a few years back? If your *real* president has issue with an a**hole as big as Bush then shouldn’t he be allowed to speak. Am I wrong? Oh, nevermind…

  6. Well, we see what impact Gore’s endorsement for Howard Dean had for his campaign huh? Hurry up and get him off the board now while you still can Steve, he’s going to scare all of the customers away! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    Maybe mad man Dean can fill Gore’s vacated board seat since he’s not going to have anything to do here in a couple of weeks anyway. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. I’m not a major supporter of Mr. Gore, but to be honest, I’d rather have a monkey from the zoo than a monkey from the Bush gene pool act as a representative of my country and to entrust my rights as an American. Lying about sexual misconduct did not result in the loss of 534 American soldiers and the loss of 99 lives from assisting countries that lying about why we needed to go to war caused. And tax cuts? I can’t speak about the rest of you, but suddenly I’m paying an increase of $2,000 a year in Federal taxes which is not because of an increase in salary (as there hasn’t been one!!).

    The Republican party needs to wake up and realize that over the past decade, and especially under Baby Bush, it has strayed far from its true platform.

  8. I think a lot of people have used this topic as a forum to espouse politics rather than the answer MDN’s question, namely: “Does a board member always represent their company?” (At least, that’s how I interpreted it). In my opinion, any citizen of the United States is free to espouse their beliefs. It’s part of the first amendment. He is not speaking as a member of the board, but rather as a citizen. I do not think that it is wrong for him to speak his mind and I don’t think that anyone should hold Apple responsible for it. If the government does take actions against purchasing Apple products, then I hold that as a fault of the government or those running it. A board member does not define a company and no company should be held responsible for the independent thoughts of their employees.

  9. I think James nailed it on the head. Gore endorses Dean and now Howard has about the same percentage of the vote in the primaries as Apple does in market share. Coincedence? I think not. Are you paying attention Steve?

  10. natis you need to wake up. I am very curious what actions you would have taken if you were in charge the last 4 years. Why don’t you tell us what you would have done differently.

  11. It’s amazing reading here people repeating the ‘created the internet’ lie.

    You are ON the internet, look up what he ACTUALLY said.
    It’s easy to find. Now look at the genesis of the press misquoting, and the push by the RNC to get that meme out there.

    Now read what Cerf ( who know who he is, right?)said about Gore’s real quote.


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