Mr. Clinton Would Like to Speak with You . . .

Nothing is quite so disarming to potential adversaries as a phone call from the President of the United States. Which explains why two swift calls from Bill Clinton last week brought a quick end to a rancorous strike that had grounded 10% of the country's air traffic and threatened to ruin Thanksgiving for thousands of travelers.

The idea of White House intervention between American Airlines and its 21,000 striking flight attendants did not originate with Clinton. Instead it appeared to come from AA's management. On Monday, hours after rejecting a call by flight attendants for a presidential emergency board, American sent...

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