Americans aren'??t perfect, you know. We've had a lot to overcome like when Dog the Bounty Hunter got arrested after capturing lots of drug dealers and rapists, David Hasselhoff getting caught on video sloppy drunk and eating a hamburger, and then there'??s Flavor Flav. We're really, really sorry about that one.
There have been a few rough patches in the political arena for Americans as well, but just a few. The latest problem involves former US Vice President Al Gore's son. Al Gore III appears to have taken his father's example of ??'going green' a little too literally. In fact, Al Gore III is so committed to going green that he's taken it upon himself to try to inhale green plants in order to become green himself three days before the launch of the Live Earth concerts so he can groove to the Beastie Boys with his father as a giant green plant promoting environmental mindfulness. Or maybe he just wanted to get high. The police officers that pulled him over and found little Al smoking marijuana probably know about that better than we do.
Yup, it seems children of famous Americans don'??t want the likes of Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan stealing all of the 'let'??s drive recklessly while using drugs and or alcohol' shenanigans. And so, on the morning of July 4 Al Gore III celebrated the day of his nation'??s independence in Los Angeles by driving at 100mph while smoking pot and in possession of prescription drugs for which he had no prescription, such as Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, and a few others.
Al Gore III was arrested and booked into the Inmate Reception Centre in Santa Ana on $20,000 bail. It sounds like a lovely place, what with all of the wedding receptions taking place there, and all. But after he is released, what will happen? Will Gore get a cycle of rehab, or will he get thrown in jail again for a couple days, released, re-thrown in jail, and then strut out of the jail after his 3-week sentence is up in a designer jacket and high heels? Only time will tell.
This isn'??t the first time that Gore III has been busted for drugs. He was arrested in December 2003 for marijuana possession while attending Harvard University, and agreed to go to drug counselling in lieu of jail time. It looks as though that was time and money well spent. And what a better time for a relapse than mere hours before the launch of the worldwide concerts spear-headed by your father to bring billions of people together to raise global warming awareness. Now, the focus can be nicely split between saving the earth and the recurrent substance abuse and all the easy shots at blaming Gore'?s illicit behaviour on shoddy parenting.
At least Gore was driving a Toyota Prius, an environmentally sound car, when he was arrested. They may have had to cancel the concert altogether if he'd been stopped driving a Range Rover or a school bus, or something. We kid because we love.