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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Radio Station Pranks Reason Given For Republican Congresswoman To Hang Up Twice On Obama

We have all heard and written about some of the pranks that radio stations tend to play on our politicians, which have over the years caused a bit of embarrassment.

Word is that Barack Obama called Republican Congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and believing it was no more than a prank from some station, she hung up on him... then proceeded to hang up on his newly chosen Chief of Staff pick, Rahm Emanuel.

It wasn't until another politician, once I suppose she was familiar with, Democratic Representative Howard Berman, called and told her she had indeed hung up on the real Obama, that she actually took his next call.

So, Obama tried again and this time he was successful. (Phew!)

"It is very funny that you have twice hung up on me," Obama said. Ros Lehtinen responded by telling Obama that radio stations in South Florida always make these sorts of jokes. Obama said similar pranksters reside in Chi-town.

"You are either very gracious to reach out in such a bipartisan manner or had run out of folks to call if you are truly calling me and Saturday Night Live could use a good Obama impersonator like you," Ros-Lehtinen joked with the president-elect.

At least they both seem to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.