Former Vice-President Al Gore today admitted that ice skater Tara Lipinski gave him a Hummer. Gore's wife, Tipper, refused to comment on the matter, but reports suggest she is very angry at her husband.
At a press conference in Hollywood, Gore tried to explain his conduct. "I know it looks bad," he said, "but it was a really special moment."
The rumors first appeared several days ago after Gore and Lipinski were seen leaving an event together. Sources say Gore and the skater spent several hours together and drove around in her SUV, an H2 model of the Hummer series. Gore made a number of comments about the vehicle, and Lipinski was so taken with the politician that she gave it to him.
Sources close to the former VP's wife indicate she is deeply disturbed that he would sell out the environmental movement by driving a gas-guzzling SUV.
Gore responded to all the concerns by explaining that he intends to retrofit the SUV with batteries and other high-tech equipment to turn it into a fuel-efficient hybrid. "I don't know why my wife is so upset," he noted. "It's not like I had sex with that woman, Miss Lipinski."