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How (not) to answer prank calls

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has no truck for prank callers — even if they happen to be the U.S. President-elect and his Chief of Staff.

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.”

Note to Rep. Ros-Lehtinen — next time, if the callers have an outrageously thick French accent and ask you to go hunting for baby seals from a helicopter with them, trust your skeptical instincts.

(h/t Tommy)


December 5, 2008 - Posted by | Humor, U.S. politics | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] As far as prank phone calls go… What’s worse than either agreeing to shoot baby seals from a helicopter with a faux French president or hanging up on the U.S…? […]

    Pingback by As far as prank phone calls go… « Boondoggle | December 7, 2008 | Reply

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