Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Is Made of Steel

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Guess who’ll be joining us in the unemployment lines? This South Florida rep who hung up on Obama, not once, but twice. Then she hung up on Rahm Emanuel. Presumably before he could curse her and the horse she rode in on.

Tough chick. She wasn’t getting punk’d like Palin and she’s got the best Barack anecdote of all to boot. Finally, the Prez had to get one of her homies to call and convince her to stop hurting his ear drums. But of course, our Negro Cary Grant remains too cool for school; he ain’t mad at her.

Now, all I want to know is why he was calling her.

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