Thursday, December 4, 2008

Florida Republican Rep. Hangs up on Obama and Sarah Palin Snubs Oprah

That headline is slightly misleading in that the Florida Republican congresswoman who hung up on President-elect Barack Obama thought she was being punked by a radio station. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hung up on Obama first and then his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel before she was convinced by a colleague of her error. See CNN video below.

Here is part of Ros-Lehtinen's release on the mix-up.
"December 3, 2008

"Miami, Florida --- Cong. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen thought it was a hoax when President-Elect Barak (sic) Obama called her twice today and she proceeded to hang up on him, twice.

"Ros-Lehtinen was working in her South Florida district when she received a call on her cell from a Chicago based phone number and an aide informed her that President-Elect Obama wished to speak to her. A gentleman sounding like Obama introduced himself when Ros-Lehtinen cut him off and said that '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.

"A short time later, Cong. and Chief of Staff designate Rahm Emmanuel (sic) called Ileana and stated 'Ileana, I cannot believe that you hung up on the President-Elect.' Ros-Lehtinen told Rahm that she didn’t believe the call was legitimate and hung up on Emmanuel (sic). A staffer to the Congresswoman informed her that Chairman Howard Berman of the Foreign Affairs Committee needed to speak with her urgently. When Chairman Berman called, Ros-Lehtinen urged him to recount a story only both of them would know, which he did, and told her that she had indeed hung up on the President-Elect.

"The Congresswoman then received another call from Obama and he told her 'It is very funny that you have twice hung up on me,' to which she responded that South Florida radio stations are notorious for these jokes. Obama told her that in Chicago they also have prank calls. (Excerpt from news release)
Jack Tapper at ABC posted the release and wrote "... yes, her office misspelled the names 'Barack' and 'Emanuel.' She applauds, Obama, however, for reaching across the aisle to her and other Republicans.

I won't be too hard on the congresswoman. Remember how silly Gov. Sarah Palin looked when those Canadian comedians punked her, pretending to be the President of France. oprah Speaking of Palin, it's reported that she may be snubbing Oprah. If so, I'll guess that Palin thinks snubbing the Queen of Talk is cool and that the Palinbots will cheer her on since they bashed Oprah for not inviting Palin on her show during the campaign. It's that or Palin's afraid of Oprah. I vote for a combination, that she's afraid of Oprah and will hide behind the notion that it was personal when Oprah didn't give her airtime during the McCain/Palin run while the VP hopeful was busy calling Obama a "terrorist."

The Huffington Post reports Oprah said this about Palin:
"I said I would be happy to talk to Sarah Palin when the election was over... I went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta [Van Susteren]. She talked to Matt [Lauer]. She talked to Larry [King]. But she didn't talk to me. But maybe she'll talk to me now that she has a [multi-million dollar] book deal." (HuffPo)
HP posted the picture of Oprah you see on this post with its story, and also reports "Extra's AJ Calloway caught up with Winfrey at last night's Alvin Ailey Dance Theater's 50th anniversary celebration where she served as honorary chair."

Telling this same story on Palin and Oprah, CNN's Political Ticker informs us that Oprah's renting the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for her show on Obama's inauguration. Using an Access Hollywood release as its source, The Chicago Tribune corroborates CNN's information.


Blue State Cowgirl said...

You don't cross the Oprah! This is the woman who could make the telephone book a bestseller in a country that doesn't read.

And who could blame Oprah for not wanting Palin on during the campaign when Palin was spewing the kind of rhetoric I remember being used against Martin Luther King: "He's not like us. He's a Communist. He's not a REAL American." All coded, thinly disguised racism.

It was no coincidence that an impartial Secret Service reported that death threats against Obama spiked whenever Palin ratcheted up the rhetoric.

Mighty big of Oprah to even extend an invite now.

Patrick Roberts said...

Oprah and Palin should be able to like or dislike whoever they want... too bad that's pretty much impossible if they want to maintain their approval ratings