(WASHINGTON, 1 APRIL) In a surprising announcement from Camp David, President George W. Bush conceded victory to Al Gore nearly seven years after snatching the presidency from him. Referring to the former Vice President as Al "Climate Man" Gore, the president stunned reporters and others who had expected the news conference to focus on talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
"I'm announcing my concession on April Fool's Day, because it was all meant to be one big April fool's joke," Mr. Bush said in a written statement released to the press Sunday. "We never thought he would take us seriously. He won. Now he should have the presidency he deserves along with his Oscar and Peace Prize nomination."
Bush Administration sources say that the Mr. Gore would be welcome to "trade places" whenever he likes. The president has moved his office out of the Oval Office, one source claims, and into a skybox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, home of the team in which Mr. Bush once held an ownership position.
Mr. Gore was unavailable for comment, but sources close the star of "An Inconvenient Truth," say that he has so enjoyed his new-found fame and fortune that he is "not sure he wants to trade places with the president, even if it includes a signing bonus and his own reality TV show."
In a related story, Laurie David, producer of "An Inconvenient Truth," is reportedly shopping a reality pilot with the unlikely title of "Swapping Presidents."
Bush sources suggest the president may have gotten the idea from the pilot, which is apparently being considered by Dan Rather, formerly anchor of CBS News, who would host the program for CBS's sister network "The CW."