The breather in campaign coverage allowed the networks to play catch-up on the diplomatic and military front. Both NBC and ABC had their White House correspondents file from Jerusalem on George Bush's Middle East peace diplomacy as he made his first trip to the Holy Land since taking office in 2001. ABC's Martha Raddatz observed that the President's motorcade from Jerusalem to Ramallah traveled through "the Israeli checkpoints and separation barriers that Palestinians have long endured." Bush himself insisted a two state solution would have to dispense with such a checkerboard: "Swiss cheese is not going to work when it comes to the outline of a state." NBC's David Gregory asked Bush to compare his final year push for peace with Bill Clinton's lame duck effort eight years ago. Bush called his predecessor's diplomacy "a noble attempt."
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