Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen shows her no-nonsense style when it comes to dealing with pranksters. She hangs up on them! No President-elect Barack Obama imitators are going to get the time of day from her. Hmphh.
The real Obama called to congratulate the Florida congresswoman, and she assumed it was a crank call. Twice she hung up on him:
I thought it was one of the radio stations in South Florida playing an incredible, elaborate, terrific prank on me. They got Fidel Castro to go along. They’ve gotten Hugo Chavez and others to fall for their tricks. I said, ‘Oh, no, I won’t be punked’.”
Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called her to let her know this was on the up and up….and she hung up on him, too. Finally, Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, persuaded her the calls were real.