Thursday, December 4, 2008

"Hello, Central, It's Obama"

She's never done anything to impress me before, but by golly she's done it today, and not once but twice: Congresswoman Ileana Ross-Lehtinen hung up on the president-elect when he phoned her on Wednesday. For good measure, she also hung up on chief-of-staff designate Rahm Emanuel when he tried to convince her that it was really, really Obama. Finally, Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, managed to convince her, first, that he was Berman, and, secondly, that Obama's calls were not a hoax, as she had originally supposed. When Obama phoned a third time, she finally spoke to him. Imagine if Obama had not been so persistent and given up on the first or second try? In any case, I am sure that Obama will not soon forget the name Ileana Ross-Lehtinen.

The (unintentional) snubbing of Obama could make Ross-Lehtinen into the new sweetheart of the GOP. Well, not really. She is a liberal on social issues and wouldn't appeal to Palin's supporters. Also, she has short hair.

I suspect Obama was calling Ros-Lehtinen to offer her a post in his administration, one that has been vacant for 48 years: the ambassadorship to Cuba. He probably thought better of it when she hung up on him the 2nd time. A close call for Ileana, but she handled it with credit to herself and our community.

If only she had hung up on George Bush every time he called her to elicit her help in sticking it to Cubans here or on the island, we might actually admire her; but eight years of the "Dry Foot/Wet Foot" policy and the gutting of the embargo are also part of her legacy. Getting tickets for Val and Ziva to attend last year's May 20th fête at the White House falls somewhat short of the potential of her office. Maybe in the opposition she will finally feel inclined to pay more than lip service to the cause of Cuban freedom.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/12/03/obama_or_an_obama-impersonator.html

89 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course, both in the movie and in reality, the two parties finally connected and were able to laugh about the experience on the phone. I hope, though, that the Congresswoman didnt tell the President Elect he had a nice butt like in the movie.

And I certainly hope that, again like in the movie, the President Elect wasnt calling to ask the Congresswoman out on a date.

Posted by Val Prieto at 09:15 AM | Permanent Link to this Post | Habla (1)

Fantomas said...

Es increible la Capacidad y la inteligencia que Obama ha demostrado hasta ahora. Son estos hombres que aparecen once in a lifetime. Obama is reaching out
To Republicans, to Adversarios, to personas que no votaron por el
Muchos se confunden con el. Hoy digo y repito
Obama pasara a la historia como el mejor Presidente en la Historia de los EEUU.
Criticarlo No , Ayudarlo is our duty

He is OUR PRESIDENT

Vana said...

I too have never admired her, she has done nothing for our cause, maybe Obama was calling to ask for her help in further sticking it to her countrymen, she's good at it!

CJB-BCJ said...

Tellechea, numerous times we have requested a "house cleaning" from you, not to be misinterpreted for "banning" or "deleting" commenters and comments respectively, yet have you to deliver on such requests, apparently you enjoy playing the part of the "democratic enabler" and the "protagonist" appearance that you assume this practice bestows upon you, the belief that being a "man for the people, not from the people," exempts or grants you inmunity from responsibility reminds us of the Castros and most tyrants, even your various nemeses at other blogs show semblance of civility and put forth the effort to maintain civil discourse, emulating their good efforts seems too far and too great an effort for you to even consider.

Now we no longer request, now we demand, close this filth-laden affront to the Cuban people and join the ranks of the deliverers of rancor and narcissistic arrogance that have already done so.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

CJB-BCJ:

When you let a thousand flowers bloom, tares will bloom also. I am too busy to weed the garden, but even if I had the time I'd be content to let Nature be natural.

Fantomas said...

Now we no longer request, now we demand, close this filth-laden affront to the Cuban people and join the ranks of the deliverers of rancor and narcissistic arrogance that have already done so.


Es verdad Manuel John longfellow no promueve nuestra causa , todo lo contrario la reduce

Estos personajillos caben bien en Kaos

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CJB-BCJ

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CJB = Comemierdas Jediondos Babalusianos


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esteban colvert said...

MAT,

I always thought you were smart (but sometimes wrong or misguided). Of course I knew YOU thought you have never been wrong or misguided.
You should get the Babalu recipe lady to find a delectable dish that contains bile juice 'cause there seems to be an excess of that around. Of course make it a cold dish because...you know!

CJB-BCJ said...

Fantomas 2:52 we have not only hounded you when you have been improper (we are being kind) we have given you credit when you have deserved it, though many times you have chosen to regress to your deceptive and unnecessarily provocational ways, this time you have cited John, but John is at best an avoidable nuissance, this time we have cited those that while demanding high esteem of everyone, savagely attack - directly and indirectly - all Cubans whom they classify as lesser than themselves, while viewing those who they attack ONLY through their arrogant and miopic lenses, this type of Old World arrogance is mostly absent from most Cubans, the exceptions being the same type that practiced that absurd arrogant behavior during the 20th century in Cuba, the same ones that fled Cuba in 1959 and whose arrogance had led them to side with Castro before they fled, their "our excrement doesn't stink" attitude is still prevalent among the many members of the population of that whorehouse city from our homeland that most Cubans rightfully detest, the well known whorehouse in Cuba's Atlantic shore by the Strait of Florida.

Fantomas said...

Aye, Aye, Aye

Babalu aye

Fantomas said...

Fantomas 2:52 we have not only hounded you when you have been improper (we are being kind) we have given you credit when you have deserved it, though many times you have chosen to regress to your deceptive and unnecessarily provocational ways,

Tu te has pasado de la raya varias veces conmigo . Especialmente cuando me has enviado e mails privados.
Fantomas perdona pero no olvida
No trates de arreglar las cosas ahora being nice

CJB-BCJ said...

Fantomas WE (plural) have never emailed you, if you have received any email claiming to be CJB-BCJ, that (those) email(s) was/were NOT from us, in fact, we urge you to post it (them) at your leisure, they are not from us, that's assuming that you are telling the truth.

You are not the target of our aims at this time, refrain from deflecting our aim Fantomas, the targets know who they are.

Anonymous said...

You have targeted Fantomas from the get go. Fantomas is a proven freedom fighter. He belongs to the new breed of Cubans who someday will lead us

Anonymous said...

in fact, we urge you to post it (them) at your leisure

Fantomas does not reveal private e mails. Take it from me

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