NEW YORK - Alaska governor Sarah Palin was a victim of it, and so was Cuban leader Fidel Castro. But when Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen received a call from a man identifying himself as President-elect Barack Obama, she refused to take part in what she thought was a prank call and hung up, twice.

It turned out, this was no prank caller, it was the real deal. Apparently Obama was calling the Miami congresswomen to congratulate her on her re-election, and to say he was looking forward to working with her as the ranking Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, according to Ros-Lehtinen.

"I was just flabbergasted," she said. "I just hung up on the most powerful man on earth - twice!"

Typically when high-ranking officials call, an aide calls in advance to verify. That was the procedure recently when Ros-Lehtinen received a call from Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Ros-Lehtinen said she was convinced it was an Elvis Duran and the Morning Show Phone Tap, heard locally on New York's Z100. The congresswoman phoned into the radio morning show Thursday morning to explain the whole telephone mishap.

"I thought it was you guys calling me, and you deserve to be hung up on," she told Duran. "If it wasn't for you guys doing the phone prank, politicians like us could have a nice night of sleep."

The Miami congresswoman says she and the President-elect had a good laugh Wednesday after she apologized profusely for assuming his calls were a prank.

To hear the complete interview between Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Elvis Duran, click here.


Information from this article was supplemented by the Associated Press.