Art for Al's Sake

One of the perks of being President or Vice President is that you get to decorate your home with paintings from the National Museum of American Art. The Clintons made news when they borrowed an abstract by Willem de Kooning -- a White House first. The Gores' selections are more traditional. They may also be reflective of the vice-presidential mindset:

-- Marjorie and Little Edmund (1928), Charles Tarbell. A metaphor for powerlessness? A glum child (a Gore-ish blond!) is dandled on the knee of a large adult.

-- Peacock in the Woods (1907), Thayer & Meryman. The brilliant peacock clearly deserves...

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