Al and Tipper Gore have announced their separation after 40 years of marriage. The couple, who met at a high school dance, wrote in an email:
This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further.
This comes as a big surprise to those of us who recall the couple's many public displays of affection over the years. We wish them and their four children the best.