Gore high-fived some of the 200 partygoers, which included Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Naomi Campbell, Rob Reiner, Wyclef Jean, Stevie Wonder, photographer Herb Ritts and John Popper of Blues Traveler. The fallen candidate, his tie yanked low and sleeves rolled up, whooped, clapped and stomped until he sweated through his shirt. He hugged family, friends and supporters and drank bottled beer with rockers Bon Jovi and Petty – while wife Tipper joined the band, even banging out a drum solo. Someone arriving on the scene from a five-week trip to the South Pole might have mistakenly assumed that Gore had won the election. Actually, the bash was Bon Jovi’s idea. Before the vice president gave his concession speech, a number of friends and supporters had gathered at the Gore house for a Christmas party under a tent. But the atmosphere – according to sources – was so sad and depressing that Bon Jovi finally threw his hands in the air and said: ‘I can’t stand it anymore.’ The New Jersey rocker got on the phone and started inviting his friends to the ‘party at Gore’s house!’
But what’s with that bit about the South Pole? No, really?