TO: The President
FROM: White House Scheduling Office
SUBJECT: Gore/Nobel Visit
We have now finalized plans for the November 26 visit by Al Gore, along with four other Americans who won Nobel Prizes this year. The attached schedule provides the standard time-and-place information regarding your participation; you’ll note that it is, as is traditional, a relatively brief event.
Still, given the circumstances, there is some chance of discomfort at various points in the proceedings. According to our records, this appears to be Mr. Gore’s first visit to the White House since leaving office in January of 2001. We thought, therefore, that it might be helpful to put together some brief guidelines for you, in consultation with the White House Office of Protocol. The people at Protocol are quite experienced at smoothing over potentially awkward situations; we hope you’ll find these suggestions helpful in ensuring that the event goes forward without incident.