Seems President Obama has a good memory for members of Congress who hang up on him. Meeting this week with House Republicans in a bid to gain support for his economic stimulus package, Obama gave Ileana Ros-Lehtinen a squeeze on the shoulder and told the assembled, "This one hung up on me. Twice."
The Miami Republican last month twice hung up on the new president, figuring it was a prankster. They finally talked after Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, vouched for the president. Among the topics covered, Ros-Lehtinen said she urged the president to put Haiti at the top of his priority list.
Ros-Lehtinen, the top Republican on the foreign affairs committee, said she's also asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make Haiti's recovery a priority. "I'm doing my best to drive this point on Haiti," she said.
The pressure to bring Haiti to the focus isn't just coming from Congress. In the last three weeks, Haiti has received three high profile visits: Canada's Haitian-born Governor General Michaelle Jean; Queen Sofia of Spain and Under Secretary-General Alain Le Roy, the U.N.'s top peacekeeping official. This week, Caribbean foreign ministers are meeting in the country