Thursday, December 04, 2008

True... and not true

It's true that the Detroit heavyweights begging for government money drove hybrid cars to Washington this time, bypassing their corporate jets.

It is not true that they came in Priuses. (Priusi?)

It's true that former President Bill Clinton had to accept disclosure requirements for his international charitable foundation and had to promise to have his speeches vetted by the government in order for his wife to be nominated as President-elect Obama's incoming Secretary of State.

It is not true that Hillary lobbied to have Bill placed in a blind trust instead.

It is true that then-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was fooled by a radio deejay pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

But it is not true that a deejay was trying to fool another Republican, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, into believing he was the President-elect calling. In fact, Mr. Obama was calling, from Chicago, to speak with the Congresswoman.

Nor is it true that Ros-Lehtinen hung up on Obama once.

In fact, she hung up on him twice. Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel called back to assure her that Mr. Obama really wanted to talk to her. She hung up on him, too.

Eventually, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the Chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee called to convince Ros-Lehtinen to accept Mr. Obama's call.

It is not true that when Obama finally got through to the Florida Congresswoman he asked, "Is your refrigerator running?"

Sorry. Very old joke.

Prius photo taken from Toyota website. AP photo of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen obtained this link and edited to fit space available.


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

she could have hung up one more time...

smiles, bee

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