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Florida Congresswoman hangs up on Obama - twice

Jake Turcotte

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Nothing is more annoying than getting prank phone calls, calls from telemarketers, and calls from President-elect Barack Obama.

Barack Obama?

No time for you

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen received a phone call from Obama yesterday to wish her congratulations on her re-election and to convey other political-type niceties -- like the importance of working together.

Problem was, she didn't believe it was him. She thought it was one of those wacky radio station stunts wherein a DJ gets you to believe he is someone famous. You know, like when Sarah Palin was spoofed into thinking she was talking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Determined not to be "Palin-ized," Ros-Lehtinen hung up on him.

Strike two

So Obama's head honcho Rahm Emanuel got involved and called her back. She promptly hung up on him too.

''I thought it was one of the radio stations in South Florida playing an incredible, elaborate, terrific prank on me,'' Ros-Lehtinen told the Miami Herald. ``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'.''


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