Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-18) was so sure the phone call she received from someone claiming to be Barack Obama was a prank that she promptly hung up on him. When another person claiming to be Rahm Emmanuel called back moments later, she gave him the same treatment.
I don't think this is the ideal definition of "off to a good start"!
Ros-Lehtinen later said that she was convinced it was a joke perpetrated by "...one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks."
Finally, an aide told Ros-Lehtinen she had an urgent call from Chairman Howard Berman, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Still suspicious, Ros-Lehtinen urged the California Democrat to recount a story only both of them would know.
Berman passed the test — and told her she had, in fact, hung up on President-elect Obama.
"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.
The whole "Sarah Palin pranked by phony Nicolas Sarkozy" thing has gotten GOP lawmakers a little paranoid, I think. But after all, Ileana is simply a Congresswoman and not the VP nominee, so it's possible that she's being just a little TOO cautious, maybe even borderline crazy.
Or maybe she's being crazy like a fox, and she knew that by hanging up on the president-elect a few times, she'd get her name mentioned across the country. Hey, it worked, obviously. I'd never heard of her before.