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Obama, Arizona Gov. Brewer Have Words in Phoenix

by Keith Koffler on January 25, 2012, 6:32 pm

President Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) had what appears to have been an angry exchange of words on the tarmac in Phoenix over her portrayal of him in a book she published late last year.

This is from press pool reports describing Obama’s arrival this afternoon in the city:

He stepped off Air Force One at 3:28 pm and was greeted by Gov. Jan Brewer. She handed him a handwritten letter in an envelope and they spoke intensely for a few minutes. At one point, she pointed her finger at him.

Afterwards, your pooler spoke with the governor.

“He was a little disturbed about my book, Scorpions for Breakfast. I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president. The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So.”

Asked what aspect of the book disturbed him, Brewer said: “That he didn’t feel that I had treated him cordially. I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn’t get my sentence finished. Anyway, we’re glad he’s here. I’ll regroup.”


A little more from the Brewer-Obama encounter.

It was clear from the moment they greeted one another that this would not be a run-of-the-mill encounter between the president and a local official. At one point, she was pointing her finger at him and at another, they were talking at the same time, seemingly over each other.

He appeared to walk away from her while they were still talking, and she confirmed that by saying she didn’t finish her sentence.

When Brewer spoke with your pooler, the AP and an NBC producer for several minutes afterwards, she appeared a bit flustered and taken aback by the conversation. Asked if she was, that’s when Brewer said, “I’ll regroup.”

This, according to a another pool report, is the White House response:

The governor handed the President a letter and said she was inviting him to meet with her. The President said he’d be glad to meet with her again, but did note that after their last meeting, a cordial discussion in the Oval Office, the governor inaccurately described the meeting in her book. The President looks forward to continuing taking steps to help Arizona’s economy grow.

In her book, titled “Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border,” Brewer writes that Obama was “condescending” to her during an June 2010 Oval Office meeting they had to discuss border security.

The meeting occurred after she had signed SB 1070, a state law that toughened enforcement of immigration laws and required law enforcement officers to attempt to determine an individual’s status when there is “reasonable suspicion” they may be an illegal alien.

Brewer wrote that during the White House meeting she sought to explain the situation in Arizona to Obama, but got a lecture instead.

“It wasn’t long before I realized I was hearing the president’s stump speech,” she wrote. “Only I was supposed to listen without talking.”

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Granny Jan/Janice January 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Obama suffers from Fragile E Syndrome (E=Ego)

rawheadrex January 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

This is pure BHO; he talks, all the loyal subjects listen. If neither he nor his DoJ are going to enforce existing laws as regards our borders, then it seems he is in violation of his oath of office and his abdication of duty demands that states take care of the problems the federal government is ignoring.

Mike C January 26, 2012 at 7:20 am

Those doggone states and their governors are such pesky little miscreants. Always getting in the way of the Federal Steamroller. He wishes it was not the United States of America, but just plain old Amerika. (Or Ameritopia? heh heh)

Star January 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

The President looks forward to continuing taking steps to help Arizona’s economy grow.

Aw–that’s OK–just leave us alone.

Goldwaterite January 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Before this administration took office, Obama insider Valerie Jarret declared that: “We will be ready to RULE on Day 1!” Now we know what she meant.

Granny Jan/Janice January 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Wow. Here’s the photo:

Lizzy January 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Make a nice poster:)

Anonna January 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Granny, the photo didn’t appear when I clicked on the link. Think it’s been disappeared already? I wanted to see it.

Granny Jan/Janice January 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

It’s now on Drudge. Sometimes the link changes.

Keith Koffler January 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Hope there’s some video.

Sadie January 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Hope the video looks like John Kerry’s hockey accident.

Mark Davis, MD January 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Governor Brewer has more than enough reasons to be down on Obama and his injustice department. Her book is mild compared to my treatment of lawyers and legislators in Demons of Democracy. Glad she had the cojones to stand up to him and his ilk. Mark Davis

Lizzy January 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Oh poor baby did big bad Jan hurt little Barry’s feelings? Guess there was no
worship for the Messiah, if Iremember he speaks very ungentlemanly about her so what goes around…and I love to see a woman with her finger in his face
and the look on his! Jan is a broad in the best way I admire her chutzpah.
Makes me proud to be an old broad:-)

Star January 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

Well, despite standing up to him, she is no bargain across the board…but still, this gave me some respect for her.

Susan January 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

My goodness. The Arizona border is overrun by illegal alien drug lords toting high power assault weapons his DOJ sold to them using taxpayer money and all he can think about saying to the Governor of Arizona is that he didn’t think she treated him “cordially” in her book? The guy is a megalomaniac. It is always, always all about him and his ego.

Jojo January 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Imagine that, he didn’t want to hear what she had to say. I bet he describes this as a “conversation” instead of the one way exchange they all are. Wonder why Boehner can’t work with him?

Lizzy January 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Don’t you love us girls with cojones? It seems to be a trend…odd but we have
a eunuch for President seems fair.

Sam January 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Cojones???? No, women don’t have cojones!!! They have vaginas, which are tuffer by a bunch!!! And I love how Gov Brewer is!! She should look down on hussein, since he has neither cojones or a vagina!!! All he has is a lying mouth!!!

Anonna January 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Nah, we have ovaries — and tough as leather little eggs!

Huuf Arted January 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I dont think I want to shag any of you broads…

Star January 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Can’t speak for all us dames, but that’s fine with me.

srdem65 January 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Good for her, we’re kinda feisty here in Arizona.

Watching the local news that showed the following; after MrO left GovBrewer he walked toward a small crowd allowed to stand on the tarmac, shook some hands, picked up a baby, hugged a woman and signed someone’s broken-arm cast.
Also shown on the local news; a group of unknown people were given a private tour of AirForce1 while it sat on the tarmac and when they came out of the plane they carried manila envelopes filled with something (not known what).
The reporter didn’t know who the people were or how they were allowed to tour AF1.

Does the “pool” have any information on this?

Susan January 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Winners of another one of his contests? Maybe first prize for the Arizona OFA members who recruited the most lemmings, or raised the most campaign donations for the won…

QueenOfScott January 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

The envelopes should be filled with an “IOU a better Prez” credit.

Star January 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

What do those cost?

Mike C January 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

probably talking points and requests for donations. Maybe some fake absentee ballots?

Terika January 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Ooh! Ooh! Can I get in on the caption contest?

“GET IN THEIR FACE ! ” – Barrack Hussein Obama

Lanie January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Considering the fact that Obama is at odds with federal immigration laws (and other federal laws he disagrees with), it’s no wonder he and Gov. Brewer would have words.

Obama tried to keep his scheme to enact illegal alien amnesty secret but that changed when an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) memo was leaked to the press. The memo, to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas from USCIS staff, outlined ways by which the Obama administration could bypass Congress to enact amnesty through “administrative means.”

The Houston Chronicle exposed an effort by the Obama administration to suspend the deportation of illegal aliens that supposedly have not been convicted of any “serious” crimes. However, Judicial Watch uncovered documents through the FOIA Act from ICE proving that immigration officials were urged to use “prosecutorial discretion” to dismiss deportation proceedings against a wide variety of illegals, including those convicted of serious crime such as sexual assault, solicitation of murder, aggravated assault, assaulting a police officer and kidnapping as well as numerous drug charges.

Clearly, Obama wants nothing more than to circumvent the authority of Congress and give himself authority to do as he pleases.

Mark Holbrook January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

When you are wrong, you should admit it. All this time, I thought that Mr. TelePrompter was a highly intelligent semi-life form that Obama used to make his speeches sound good. Well, according to the University of Minnesota, Obama’s SOTU speech cranked in at the 8th grade level when measured on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test. So, we now know that the incompetent (Mr. TelePrompter) is leading the incompetent (Obama) and they are appealing to a voter base that only wants everything given to them with no strings attached. Maybe this is why he couldn’t understand the points Gov. Brewer was making.

Jack January 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

The same guy that delivers grandiose speeches about unity, working together blah, blah, blah and blah, blah. What an Schmuck!

MLRimer January 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

You go Gov., makes me proud to live in Arizona.

Buck Ofama January 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

The Gov. should have taken the bean pole to the ground right then and there.

Granny Jan/Janice January 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm
Florida Girl January 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm

“Richard” Head!!!! What a jerk!!!!

Keith Koffler January 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Thanks Janice, good one.

Brenda A. January 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Sounds like he was threatening Jindal.

brad January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Herr Obama knows best! Seig Heil!!!

Franklin s miller jr January 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Obama is apparently blocking control of illegal aliens because if the States enforce the Laws he could be deported to his native country Kenya!!.

William January 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

See what a gentle chiding can do? That’s what spoiled children are like.

Thomas O'Connor January 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Does she not know that you are not supposed to talk to GOD that way. AND she did not bow to him. Disgraceful

Sharon G January 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

It sounds like intimidation, all the way!

Kevin, NY, NY January 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Poor Barry doesn’t realize that about 100 million more Americans would love to give him a piece of their mind just like Jan!

Mike C January 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

why do you think he hides out in high schools and the like?

John B. January 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

looks like he got put in his place by yet another woman. he should be used to that by now being married to that piranha for so long.

Bunni January 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Good for Jan, not letting that thin skinned little child bully her.
He’s a disgrace, what an ignorant way to act. Can’t wait until this creep is GONE from office. America will be SO much better off.

GotFreedom January 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Obama-I, I, I, me, me, me. . .

Luv Jan Brewer–doesn’t take any of BHO’s crap!!!

Lindy January 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

From a photo I saw of the event, the governor pointed the wrong finger at him.

Chuck Thomas January 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

We really do have a detestable, snivelling little man as a president.

gracepmc January 25, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Boy, Valerie’s going to be pissed at Jan.:)

rulierose January 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

he’s just a classy guy all around, isn’t he? be sure to read the Weekly Standard article about O’s similar treatment of Bobby Jindal. if Bush had treated a Democrat governor like that–well, no need to finish that sentence, is there?

I just don’t get this hair-trigger sensitivity to every slight, real or perceived, and the pettiness with which the administration exacts their retribution. we know Obama’s favorite movie is The Godfather. maybe that’s the problem.

sablegsd January 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm

It should be clear to everyone by now that the man is insane.
He is a walking, talking psych text book.

girly1 January 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Never mind that Gov. Brewer is trying to enforce Federal immigration laws – she broke the 11th Commandment – “Thou Shalt Not Make the Messiah Look Bad”!

Mo Better January 26, 2012 at 5:59 am

Get ‘em, Governor! You are near the top of a short list of people who have ever told the Fraud-In-Chief something he didn’t want to hear. Like his wife, The First Lardy, he is a smug, superior, condescending lout, who thinks it is his place to lecture his “subjects”.


Old Timer January 26, 2012 at 6:02 am

A couple years ago I heard a radio interview with a guy who was a law student at the University of Chicago when Obama was there. The guy described himself as the odd man out on the campus. He was conservative and believed in gun ownership. All of the professors and most all the students were on the left. He would seek out others with an opposing view and debate whatever issue that it was. He did this to hone his debating skills. He finally met Obama. The guy said Obama said ..oh, you are the gun guy. I do not believe in guns. Then he turned around and walked off. The student also make the comment that Obama only hung out with those who believe like he did.

I can only conclude that Obama’s attitude is either you are with me or against me. If you are against me then you don’t count.

Car in January 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

I guess she “disrespected” him?

DeniseVB January 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

It’s well known that original meeting she wrote about did not go well for her. She was asking for help on her state’s border problems, and he basically blew her off.

So she wrote about that. Hopefully she sells a gazillion books because of President Thin Skin’s problem with criticism.

JIM WHITTAKER January 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

Think about this…

This inability of Obama’s to take criticism (sp?) of any kind is a huge
chink in his cold-blooded armor. He literally freaks out when anybody
calls him out on anything.

All his opponent has to do is keep pounding and hammering relentlessly
at him, calling him out on every single thing he can. And Obama will
without doubt lose it and have a very public breakdown/freak out.

And that will be the end of Brack Obama. Period…

Jim Whittaker
Hemet, CA

Sharon January 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

Why am I not surprised! He is condescending and arrogant, thinks he knows it all. He won’t listen and won’t accept advice either. Probably explains the mess we’re in both here at home and overseas.

marydaugherty January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am


earthangel January 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

Thanks to my keen memory, I distinctly remember the ‘cold shoulder’ given Gov. Brewer by Pres, Obama, during their meeting in the Oval Office. It was very noticeable that he was peeved at having her therel Maybe a re-run of the TV coverage of that meeting, for all to see, would be a good idea!

Star January 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Guess this means he agrees with everything about the missus in The Obamas…

kim January 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Gov. Brewer……You go girl……

Deb January 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The disrespect Obama has shown for the entire nation is appalling. He’s gone after several states with lawsuits, ignored the Public on Healthcare reform that the majority don’t want. He’s ingored the representatives we elected to serve us by circumventing Congress whenever he choses. There seems to be very few groups of people he HASN’T offended at one time or another. He’s offended all those who cling to our God, Guns and Bibles, he’s offended all Conservatives, Tea Partiers, Christians, White people, Republicans, Sanctity of Life and Sancity of Marriage, those against terrorists and illegal immigration, and on and on …..We aren’t “his people” so therefore, he’s not my President.

Suze January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Note to the Good ol’Boys club: This is what a spine looks like and it took a woman to do it~! Why isn’t she running for President – she is obviously not intimidated by his BS, Holder’s lawless DoJ and lawsuits. Sic em’ Jan. You go girl!!!

rock January 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

She should have spit in his face and then kicked him in the groin. Then while he was grovelling on the ground in pain, had Shrf. Joe and his SWAT team come in and put him in cuffs and escort his criminal azz to “the tents”. Then when Holder comes to defend him at his trial for Treason, snatch his azz up too. That’s how we roll here in Az. Huuuah!!!

Star January 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Just ones I stay away from…you know, the classy guys.

Sonjah DeLong January 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm


Star January 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

He sure didn’t bow to HER!

rock January 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

So let me get this straight, the imposter ditched court, violating his subpoena from Georgia, comes to Az. to campaigne, runs into the gov. and tries to shame her about something she wrote in her book. She bristles at the impudence of this POS, fires back at him, putting him in his place (unfortunately it wasn’t the toilet), and he then walks off in a huff. This wanna-be male should be on a soap opera! But after he gets thru serving his time in prison for Treason.

HammockBear January 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Jan Brewer is a sharp woman. She is a Leader. She does not campaign at her public appearances, She represents Arizona’s population. She walks circles around the Pres.

Goldwaterite January 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

“Newly minted MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, a so-called expert on race and race relations, found a way to compare the confrontation between President Obama and Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to a well-known moment in segregation-era America.” source—Newsbusters (01/27/12)
You can’t make this stuff up! Uncanny.

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