Via the BBC:
US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen thought she was being hoaxed when a man who sounded a lot like Barack Obama called her – so she hung up on him.
In fact, the man at the other end of the line was indeed President-elect Obama himself.
It took two further phone-calls before Ms Ros-Lehtinen was convinced that the telephone call was genuine.
Mr Obama was calling to congratulate her on her re-election, and to say that he looked forward to working with her in her role as the most senior Republican on the House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee.
After a minute or so, Ms Ros-Lehtinen cut Mr Obama off, telling him she was not fooled by the hoax and that he was a better Obama impersonator than Fred Armisen, the man who does an impression of Mr Obama on the TV comedy show Saturday Night Live.
Shortly afterwards, Mr Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel called Ms Ros-Lehtinen back to persuade her to take the call, but she hung up on him as well.
It was only when Howard Berman, a fellow member of her committee, called her that she was persuaded to take the call.
It must be difficult after eight years of the Bush presidency to believe that a president-elect would actually make a polite phone call to a member of the opposition party.