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Birthday Roast for Gore’s ‘Mouth’

June 7, 2000

ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO (AP) _ Al Gore’s mischievous side was on display Wednesday on the small screens of his campaign plane in a spoof documentary on press secretary Chris Lehane _ nicknamed in the video ``the mouth of the Al Gore presidential campaign.″

With Gore, a longtime practical joker, consulting on the script, senior adviser Michael Feldman and admaker Bill Knapp assembled the spoof from footage collected by a Japanese television crew, which tagged after Lehane for a real documentary during the primaries.

The production ``is shocking,″ Gore joked, for its bedroom scene (the crew was let into Lehane’s hotel room while he slept) and a shower scene (Feldman, who bunks with Lehane on the road, shows up in a steamy bathroom mirror).

Hairstyling credits for the spokesman who, Gore has said, resembles TV’s Eddie Munster, went to Pennzoil.

Gore’s real gift for the ubiquitous and hypertalkative spokesman was a cake with icing spelling out ``Happy 35th Birthday″ and a cell phone generator powered by squeezing a grip. ``Watch his triceps grow,″ Gore beamed. ``He’ll be like Popeye!″

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