(CNN) - It seems President Barack Obama doesn't always get through on the telephone.
Cory Booker tells CNN that the President called him Wednesday night, to congratulate the Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey for his victory in a special U.S. Senate election.
But Booker missed Obama's call.
"Look, I have to say the President was my friend before he was my President. He left a message for me last night which was incredibly gracious after midnight. I'm sorry I missed his call," Booker told CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an interview on "The Lead" Thursday.
Now square that with what Obama said earlier this week.
"I think the coolest thing is that if there's somebody interesting who's doing anything – a scientist, a sports figure, a writer, anybody in the world – if I want to call them up and talk to them, they will answer my phone call," Obama said Tuesday in an interview on CNN New York City affiliate WABC-TV.