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Saturday, October 18, 2003

Clark "Contenders" Profile in Sunday WaPo

The Washington Post has a profile of Wesley Clark running on page one of the Sunday edition, the tenth in the "Contenders" series on the Democratic presidential candidates. A lot of it is on his clashes with the military leadership, and the Post casts it all in a relatively negative light, especially with his response:

"When pressed about why some of his military peers take such a negative view of him, Clark was by turns baffled and defensive, wounded and defiant. 'How do you think I could have succeeded in the military if everybody didn't like me? It's impossible,' he said. 'Do you realize I was the first person promoted to full colonel in my entire year group of 2,000 officers? I was the only one selected. Do you realize that? . . . Do you realize I was the only one of my West Point class picked to command a brigade when I was picked? . . . I was the first person picked for brigadier general. You have to balance this out. . . . A lot of people love me.'"