If Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) must do some time as a punchline after twice refusing to take a call from President-Elect Barack Obama, believing it to be a prank phone call, she's taking it in the spirit of good humor. That's the impression she left after discussing the matter with Elvis Duran and the Y100 Morning Show, the group she thought was behind the Prank That Wasn't -- based on their propensity for pulling off similar stunts (called "Phone Taps").
"It's your fault!" Ros-Lehtinen joked. "The 'Phone Taps' are killing us!" The Congresswoman told the radio hosts about the entire ordeal -- the call from Obama, the follow-up from Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and the final, saving attempt from her Congressional colleague Howard Berman, who thankfully had a private joke to share with Ros-Lehtinen that served as a sufficient shibboleth.
Ros-Lehtinen, who notes that she was a McCain supporter during the election, was nevertheless upbeat about the whole matter, and struck a note of comity by praising the President-Elect for reaching out to "a little slug like me." She added, "It really does show he's going to reach out to Republicans and Independents...and get united."
You can listen to Ros-Lehtinen and the Elvis Duran show by clicking here.