January 12, 1994 |
Campaign strategist James Carville, star of the documentary "The War Room," seems to disprove the notion that the crocodile is not native to North America. What a face that guy has. It is dominated by eyebrows that converge in a sinister wedge over recessed eyes that stare with a predator's laser lock, advertising a mind that hums with constant interior calculation. They're the kind of eyes you might find observing you from the brim of a swamp. The same swamp, coincidentally, where Carville earns his living.
April 25, 1994 |
Norman Braman was leaving. Jeffrey Lurie was just getting started. It was 7:45 last evening. Down in the Philadelphia Eagles' war room in the basement of Veterans Stadium, their club had just chosen giant Georgia tackle Bernard Williams with its first pick in the 1994 NFL Draft. Earlier in the evening they had traded two later picks to obtain San Francisco 49ers linebacker Bill Romanowski. "I'm very pleased," said Braman. There was still a long evening ahead shaping the future of the football team.
January 12, 1994 |
"I doubt if bubble-gum-chompin', ponytail-wearin' 13-year-olds are going to be rushing out to the King of Prussia mall to see this thing," says James Carville, who is speaking, at the moment, about The War Room, a documentary by the husband-and-wife team of D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus that he, "Ragin' Cajun" Carville, happens to star in. And while it's true that Hollywood's most significant demographic group is likely to keep its distance from...
January 12, 1994 |
It's tempting to imagine a fiction film based on the exploits of James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, the Louisiana country-boy campaign strategist and the videogenic communications director who engineered Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential run. With his balding pate and devilish brow, John Malkovich would make a mighty convincing Carville, and Mike Myers, if he were a little less jowly (and a little better actor), could turn in an acceptably cocky Stephanopoulos. But once you've seen The War Room, you realize that a Hollywood version would be redundant - and not nearly as much fun. A hugely entertaining documentary by cinema verite pioneer D.A. Pennebaker and his wife, Chris Hegedus, The War Room takes us inside the Clinton campaign as it trundles determinedly, albeit idiosyncratically, toward victory.
November 15, 2005 |
Democrats yesterday demanded quarterly progress reports on the Iraq war from President Bush and called on Iraqis to take charge. "It's time to take the training wheels off the Iraqi government," said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada. "Iraqis must begin to run their own country. " Feeling the political heat, the White House set up a war room to respond to the Democrats. Team Bush has sent out three official e-mails since Friday, attacking Reid; Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.
January 14, 2003 |
Somewhere off the coast of Yemen, Osama bin Laden's ancestral homeland, this floating high-tech base is hunting suspected terrorists in the newest phase of the U.S.-led war on terror. The Mount Whitney is armed with guns that can knock out incoming missiles and kamikaze airplanes. But its most potent weapon is underneath the deck - an electronic war room filled with databases, monitoring screens and analysts. Even as the United States masses its military in the Persian Gulf for a possible war on Iraq, it is quietly building up its forces on a second front - the Horn of Africa.
April 20, 1994 |
The Eagles' draft war room is the place to be Sunday. Too bad ESPN's cameras won't be in there to bring us the action live. Lame-duck Eagles owner Norman Braman and owner-in-waiting Jeffrey Lurie both will sit in on the Birds' draft activity, which will be orchestrated by John Wooten in his first draft as personnel director and by head coach Rich Kotite. Braman said yesterday that as long as he officially owns the team, he feels it is his responsibility to function as an owner.
August 18, 1992 |
Barely five miles from the Astrodome, in the heart of Republican territory, a guerrilla army has set up shop. You can tell you've arrived by the Clinton-Gore bumper stickers in the parking lot and by the receptionist, who queries discreetly, "Are you here for the 'Democratic' convention?" This is the war room from which Bill Clinton's team will try to deflect the aspersions, name-calling and mud-hurling they expect to emanate from that other convention in town. "Obviously, in the Republican convention, there will be more accusations hurled than you can count.
May 20, 1987 |
The war room - the nerve center for Mayor Goode's re-election effort in West Philadelphia north of Market Street - was on the second floor of state Rep. Chaka Fattah's district office on 59th Street near Oxford in the shadow of Overbrook High School. Inside was a hi-tech computerized operation that focused on turning out a maximum numbers of voters - despite the rain. "What we're doing today is a more systematic approach than what we had in '83 to pull out the voters," said Al Spivey, the war room's coordinator, who was wearing a blue "Goode for Mayor" baseball cap. "We've identified voters who don't vote that often, we're constantly monitoring the turnout in each division of our six wards and we will flood the divisions (that show)
August 2, 1993 |
They don't walk, they run. They don't take, they grab. They speak very fast, frequently in acronyms. They live on coffee and junk food and get very little sleep. That's life in the "War Room" of the Clinton campaign. That's right, the Clinton campaign. Just eight months after it ended, the campaign is up and running again, reaching out to voters all over the land with an even greater sense of urgency than before. This time, though, President Clinton isn't out to get your vote.