Obama's confused prank call

Is Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a little paranoid?

Maybe.

On Wednesday, the Republican congresswoman got a call from President-elect Barack Obama, didn’t believe it was him, and hung up on him. Twice.

According to Ros-Lehtinen’s flack Alex Cruz, the congresswoman received the call on her cell phone from a Chicago-based number and an aide informed her that Obama wanted to speak to her. When Obama introduced himself, Ros-Lehtinen cut him off and said, “I’m sorry but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks.” Then she hung up.

Moments later, Obama tried again, this time through his soon-to-be chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

“Ileana, I cannot believe you hung up on the President-Elect,” Emanuel said. And then–yes, you know what’s coming–she hung up on Emanuel saying she “didn’t believe the call was legitimate.”

A short time later, Ros-Lehtinen received an urgent call from Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who informed her that she indeed hung up on Obama.

Source: news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081203/pl_politico/26780_1

Seriously, this got in the news?

I’m surprised you thought it worthy of being posted. :wink:

The phone call hang-up thing has been done on television and in movies. Its a case of life imitating art - I guess that is why the blog post made it onto Yahoo News.

Or perhaps because Politico blog entries may automatically get fed into Yahoo News, just as certain feeds here at CAF are automatically posted by a bot. I’ve shook my head at a few of the bot postings and quite a few of them never get responses from anyone.

It’s just funny. Not exactly prime time news, but since both people involved laughed it off, that should be the end of it.

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