Bush Gets a Line on Bonds

Delay in congratulatory phone call not asterisk-related, spokesman says
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2007 3:14 PM CDT
San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds hits his 756th career home run in the fifth inning of their baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barry Bonds took 21 years to set the career home run record, so the half-day delay in President Bush's congratulatory phone call probably seems like the blink of an eye. The call went out from the White House this afternoon, the Chicago Tribune reports, and Tony Snow attributed the delay to conflicting sleep schedules.

During the call, Snow said, the president told Bonds "it's great that Bonds' son was there for the homer and the hug." Earlier, the White House spokesman jousted with reporters over whether the delay in calling related to Bonds' reputed steroid use. "You guys are always trying to pick fights," said Snow. "I love that."