August 8th, 2007
02:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Bush reaches Bonds - finally

Bonds broke the home run record Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After a couple of tries, President Bush and Barry Bonds finally connected.

White House spokesman Tony Snow told CNN the president reached Bonds by telephone about 1pm ET on Wednesday for a three-minute conversation congratulating the controversial slugger for hitting his 756th home run, smashing the Major League Baseball record previously held by Hank Aaron.

“You’ve always been a great hitter,” the president told Bonds, according to Snow. “And you broke a great record.”

The president had been struggling to reach Bonds on the West Coast since early Wednesday morning. “The president was asleep when Barry Bonds hit his home run,” Snow explained. “Barry Bonds was asleep when the president came to work today.”

During the brief conversation, the president noted he enjoyed learning that the ballplayer lifted his son, Nikolai, in the air after reaching home plate. Snow said Mr. Bush joked he and the young bat boy for the San Francisco Giants both know “what it’s like to have a famous father.”

Asked if the touchy subject of steroids came up during the conversation since Bonds has been under a cloud of suspicion for alleged use of the performance-enhancing drug, Snow said no. In his 2005 State of the Union address, the president, a former owner of the Texas Rangers, publicly called for baseball to clean up its act on the matter without singling out any particular players.

- CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Paul, Kissimmee Fla.

    You guys just can't let go of losing the elections twice in a row. Cheating? That's pretty desperate.

    August 8, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Marinemomof3, Oceanside, CA

    The answer is yes, Cassie. Bush does personally call those families. I wonder if Hillary feels the same responsibility??

    Posted By RightyTighty : August 8, 2007 3:39 pm


    August 8, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Naughty Mrs. America

    With reference to one comment about Bush's knowledge of baseball–I suspect he knows something about baseball because he used to be part owner of the Rangers. Oh, wait. Now he's president and he doesn't know anything about . . . Never mind.

    August 9, 2007 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  4. Colin traveller , United Kingdom

    How can steroids prove your performance hittin a baseball bat ..

    August 9, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. Anita, Nashville, TN

    Two cheaters finally connect. How lovely.

    August 9, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  6. mike, nh

    righty tighty or whatever the hell you call yourself,
    im hoping you are kidding.something tells me you arent.

    you would have a great point other than the fact that bush hasnt went to one military funeral, not one.

    lets just say hilliary has been to many, many more.

    i also take it your memory is so short (like the rest of the right wing) that you cant recall when your other hero ronnie dumsfeld used to sign the dealt notices with a rubber stamp....

    didnt quite remember that did you.

    a steady stream of right-wing propaganda can do that to you.

    good luck with that.

    August 9, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Penna.


    August 9, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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