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August 21, 1991 | DOUGLAS JEHL and JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The ubiquitous device that George Bush had elevated to an instrument of diplomacy became the lowly telephone again Tuesday when a Kremlin receptionist told the President that his old friend Mikhail S. Gorbachev was not available to take his call. The surreal exchange marked a moment of reckoning for an American President who has relied on his phone to take the pulse of governments around the world.
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August 21, 1991 | DOUGLAS JEHL and JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The ubiquitous device that George Bush had elevated to an instrument of diplomacy became the lowly telephone again Tuesday when a Kremlin receptionist told the President that his old friend Mikhail S. Gorbachev was not available to take his call. The surreal exchange marked a moment of reckoning for an American President who has relied on his phone to take the pulse of governments around the world.
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