There are sound bites from Clark in the film as well; perhaps the most touching moment is when he speaks to the camera about his father's death right before his fourth birthday: "My father was a tremendous influence in my life…he read to me every night, he bought me a present every Saturday. And then one night he read to me and I woke up in the middle of the night and there were a lot of adults in the apartment. They kept me from going to the bedroom. And that was the night he died."
Clark gets lost, finds himself at debate
DURHAM, N.H., Dec. 10— The lesson Gen. Clark had to learn on the campaign trail yesterday: It's never too late.
First, it's never too late to get to a debate. At 6:40 p.m. ET all the candidates had arrived at the Johnson Theater, except Gen. Clark. At 6:45 p.m. ET the heat was on inside as ABC and DNC staff called the campaign trying to figure out what was keeping the Clark convoy was. At 6:50 pm ET, they gathered by the door, waiting for The General to put make-up on him should he arrive. He finally walked in at 6:52 p.m. ET that he walked in with his wife and brother-in-law in tow.
The campaign said they got lost for 45 minutes. Luckily, General Clark didn't miss a beat -- live at 7:00 p.m., he made it on stage -- made-up, hair spritzed. Perhaps he's getting used to getting lost – earlier that same day, the Clark convoy (Clark's van, the staff van, two press vans, and a single car driving Eli Siegel) got lost going from a Dover campaign stop to a New Castle event. Needless to say, the whole caravan ended up in Maine before realizing that they were headed the wrong way.
Clark all smiles despite Gore news
BOSTON, Dec. 8— Gen. Clark was in a van on the way to Cambridge when the AP wire story hit that Vice President Gore was indeed endorsing Howard Dean. The press rode behind wondering what this meant for Clark who just recently said how much he liked Gore and how honored he would be to have him in the cabinet when elected President. But once he arrived in Boston, The General seemed to have already put a twist on the news: if disappointed, hide it; if sad, act happy.
"I don't pay attention to endorsements," Clark told Chris Matthews during the taping of "Hardball," "unless they're for me." The answer sparked a few giggles from the audience. Then, during a commercial break, MSNBC had a quick news update. Clark looked up at the monitor shaking his head, smiling, as the matte on screen read: "GORE ENDORSES DEAN."
But before he was all smiles, perhaps some of Clark's true feelings shown for a brief moment. Before "Hardball" Clark addressed some Harvard students, warning them about the election: "It shouldn't be politics as usual. It shouldn't be an election won by a candidate who raises the most money; it shouldn't be about anger … (lowers voice) … it shouldn't be about endorsements."
There's New Hampshire … and then there are the 49 other states;
MANCHESTER, N.H., Dec. 7 — It's no surprise that Gen. Clark wants to talk only about New Hampshire. Within the last week Clark has gotten encouragement from the polls; he has a third TV ad going up in New Hampshire outlets as early as today; and after spending time on the ground in the Granite State, the mere mention of Clark's name is no longer followed by a "who?"
But it's not just in New Hampshire that Clark wants to talk about New Hampshire. It's in Florida, Virginia, and Washington D.C., too.