…No, not this one, you Beltway rube:


This one:


Per the New York Times’s Adam Nagourney:

It was a stirring scene: Bill Clinton, the former president, and Al Gore, his former vice president, back together, sharing a long and emotional hug as Mr. Clinton delivered back to American soil from captivity in North Korea two journalists who worked for Mr. Gore.


The tableau was a visible reminder of how circumstances had conspired over the past few days to bring all the reigning families of the Democratic Party together around the drama of Mr. Clinton’s trip to North Korea.

A “stirring scene” Nagourney describes with more detail here:

They shook hands first, and than hugged for a full five seconds, with Mr. Clinton patting his hand along Mr. Gore’s back and lingering before moving on to greet the waiting family members.

Meanwhile, on MSNBC, a segment just now discussing the topic: “Did Bill Clinton Upstage Hillary?” (“Media circles,” speculate!) Because, thanks to MSNBC et al, he’s kind of upstaging those two journalists and their homecoming. Mid-segment, MSNBC’s David Shuster proclaims: “Never mind the intrigue of the Clintons! What about the intrigue of Bill Clinton and Al Gore!”

Nagourney can tell you more about that (with help from “an associate of the two men.”)

Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.