Gov. Brewer met President Obama at the airport

‘Thin-skinned’ Obama caught Brewer by surprise

KTAR Newsroom
1/25/2012

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points at President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. Brewer greeted Obama and what she got was a book critique...

When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer met President Barack Obama at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Wednesday, the last thing she expected was a dressing-down of her book.

After Obama departed Air Force One, he and Brewer were observed to be having an intense conversation, with the governor even photographed pointing her finger at the president.

“He was a little thin-skinned,” Brewer said in an appearance on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos Show.

According to Brewer, she gave Obama a handwritten letter that welcomed him to Arizona and reiterated an offer to have him visit the border. She said she would even buy him lunch.

But the president had other things on his mind. In an official comment, the White House said that Obama took offense to an “inaccurately” described meeting between the two in the Oval Office. Brewer published her account in her book Breakfast with Scorpions.

“I was a bit taken aback by his stance and his attitude,” the governor said. “I tried to listen and tried to be respectful to him.”

Brewer admitted that, as the pictures depict, she was attempting to not be angry with Obama…

Read the rest at KTAR and listen to the Governor’s interview at this link.

Update: Obama and AZ Governor Brewer have words

…The pool reporter, POLITICO’s Carrie Budoff Brown, said the scene was far from the norm. Aside from the pointing, they appeared to talk over each other and he appeared to walk away from her while they were still talking.

Brewer said the president brought up the book….

Update 2: McCain backs Brewer in tarmac tiff, calls Obama ‘prickly’

Update 3: Your witness: The handwritten letter AZ Gov. Jan Brewer handed the president

Update 4: Obama exchange with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer reveals his testy side

President Obama’s raw exchange with the governor of Arizona on an airport tarmac this week did more than overshadow his carefully stage-managed road trip to trumpet his State of the Union goals.

The discussion revealed a testy side of the president’s personality that is at odds with his public image as “no-drama Obama,” reviving criticism that he is unwilling to be second-guessed — or to even entertain another point of view…

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