Arizona Governor Jan Brewer greeted President Barack Obama on Wednesday at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Things quickly turned into a finger-wagging exchange with a telling photo that is making the rounds.
It was the body language that had people speculating about the contentious nature of the brief meet and greet on the day after Obama’s State of the Union address.
Jan Brewer’s book, Scorpions for Breakfast, defends Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration. Obama is very much opposed to her view and told her so during a tense 2010 White House meeting.
The Arizona politician described it in her book, “I felt a little bit like I was being lectured to, and I was a little kid in a classroom, if you will, and he was this wise professor and I was this little kid, and this little kid knows what the problem is and I felt minimized to say the least.”
On the tarmac Wednesday, the governor handed Obama an envelope containing a handwritten request to meet with her for lunch and conversation at a later date. He told Brewer he would be glad to sit down with her again to discuss their opposing views.
Brewer told reporters moments after their conversation, “He was a little disturbed about my book. I said to him, you know, I have always respected the office of the president and that the book is what the book is. I said that I was sorry that he felt that way. Anyway, we’re glad he’s here, and we’ll regroup.”
In another conversation last night she said, “I wanted to be there to welcome him to come and see firsthand what Arizona has done in regards to our economic recovery; he wanted to talk about the book. And I thought that he was pretty thin-skinned.”
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