To set the record straight, Al Gore never said he created the Internet, though he helped push it forward. According to Wikipedia, Gore sponsored the High Performance Computing Act of 1991 which advanced the growth and mainstreaming of the Internet during the 1990s. In 1999, during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Late Edition on March 9, 1999, Gore said:
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth, environmental protection, and improvements in our educational system.
This statement has been the target of satire and criticism. Much of this criticism has been based on the interpretation that Gore was claiming to have invented the Internet. Gore is frequently misquoted on this matter. Internet pioneers Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf defended Gore’s statement:
…as the two people who designed the basic architecture and the core protocols that make the Internet work, we would like to acknowledge VP Gore’s contributions as a Congressman, Senator and as Vice President. No other elected official, to our knowledge, has made a greater contribution over a longer period of time.