Before he made his announcement Friday about withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, President Barack Obama called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as well as his predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush. The White House described the call to Bush as a courtesy.
Here’s a sobering moment that could happen only with the aid of today’s technology: Sandie and Jeff Petee of Otis, Ore., were recently given a scary dose of reality in the form of a brief message on their answering machine when Sandie’s soldier son, Stephen Phillips, accidentally dialed their number during a battle in Afghanistan.
In yet another blow to his floundering campaign, The New York Times reports that John McCain may have broken Senate ethics rules. His aides have confirmed that McCain made a call to his top fundraisers from the Republican cloakroom, right off the Senate floor. McCain is well acquainted with the rule restricting campaign activity inside the Senate building: He headed up calls for an investigation of Al Gore for supposed violation of the same rule 10 years ago.