Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) hung up on President-elect Barack Obama twice on Wednesday thinking he was a prank caller from a Florida radio station.
Ros-Lehtinen was working in her South Florida district, which includes the Keys, when she received a call on her cell phone from a Chicago-based phone number. One of her aides said it was Obama and he wanted to speak to the congresswoman.
Obama introduced himself to Ros-Lehtinen and she cut him off saying, "I'm sorry, but I think this is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks," and hung up the phone.
A short time later, Obama's chief of staff-designate Rahm Emanuel called Ros-Lehtinen and said "Ileana, I cannot believe you hung up on the president-elect." Ros-Lehtinen said she told Emmanuel she did not believe his call was legitimate either and hung up on him.
Then Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, who serves with Ros-Lehtinen, called the congresswoman. She was at first skeptical it was Berman until she asked him to recount a story only both of them would know. He did, and also told her that she indeed hung up on Obama twice.
She then received another call from Obama who told her, "It is very funny that you have twice hung up on me."
She explained why she did, and told her that South Florida radio stations are known to prank call famous people. Ros-Lehtinen said Obama had a good sense of humor about the situation, and the two went on to discuss foreign policy issues, specifically about Cuba and Israel.