Wesley Clark on the Campaign Trail

And for those who have stayed up last night wondering what The General gave Mrs. Clark for her birthday yesterday, ponder no more. Gert Clark wore a shining ruby, diamond, and sapphire (red, white, and blue) American flag pin at a Clark04 meet-up in West Palm Beach last night. Clark was overheard proudly asking a supporter "Did you see what I got my wife for her birthday?"

And for those who have stayed up last night wondering what The General gave Mrs. Clark for her birthday Monday, ponder no more. Gert Clark wore a shining ruby, diamond, and sapphire (red, white, and blue) American flag pin at a Clark04 meet-up in West Palm Beach last night. Clark was overheard asking a supporter, "Did you see what I got my wife for her birthday?"

Also, for the first time on the campaign trail, The General and Mrs. Clark shared a public kiss in front of Clark supporters.

The American Flag

Nov. 30 — Back from Thanksgiving, Gen. Clark looked rested as he took to the campaign trail this weekend previewing a new "move" in his stump. Weeks after Clark's announcement that he supports the Flag Amendment, he seems to be integrating the flag into his stump speech in a more pronounced way than ever — touching it, holding it out, and speaking about it — and people are listening, watching, and wondering if this is too dramatic, or plays right to their sense of American patriotism and South Carolina's large veterans' community.

At the Beaufort County Democrat's Harvest Moon Ball on Saturday evening near Hilton Head, S.C., Clark previewed the "grasp the flag and talk" move. He said: "This is our flag. This is a flag that does not belong to Tom DeLay. It does not belong to Bill Frist. And it does not belong to George W. Bush. It belongs to the American people and we have every right to this flag and I'm gonna claim it for the Democratic Party and for the United States of America, and I want your help to do that."

And then, at the opening of the Charleston Clark 04 office the next day, The General once again looked at the flag backdrop behind him, turned around, touched its edge and told cheering supporters, "This is our flag. I know I'm not the only veteran in the crowd — and we fought for this flag, we saluted it, we served under it, and we've seen brave men and women buried under it. I love that flag, it belongs to America, and it belongs to our spirit of patriotism."

Happy Birthday to The General's General...

On the 12th floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale last night, Clark staffers gathered in the General and Mrs. Clark's hotel room to surprise Gert Clark with a white chocolate birthday cake and many birthday wishes. Mrs. Clark is traveling with the campaign this week and rarely seen away from her husband's side. So in his spare time, what did The General get the first lady of his life? "It's a secret," he said with a big smile on his face. Hmm … any down time on Worth Ave.?

World AIDS Day...

Gen. Clark will announce his four-part Global AIDS Security Strategy today in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In a prepared draft of the speech Clark says:

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