The vice president of the United States is leaning into his desk aboard Air Force Two, licking sticky, red chicken-wing sauce off his fingertips, one digit at a time. Just like a regular guy.
In this unguarded moment, he does not look like a man who, for the past eight years, has been in charge of U.S. policy on a number of fronts. But he was. When it came to science, technology, and, most of all, the environment, Gore was much more than the man behind The Man. He was dominant.