President Obama, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Share Tense Tarmac Moment

Devin Dwyer, ABC News, January 26, 2012

Longstanding tension between Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Democratic President Barack Obama flared into the public spotlight Wednesday just after Air Force One touched down in Phoenix.

Brewer, who was on the tarmac to greet Obama, hand-delivered a letter before engaging the president “intensely” for several minutes, including pointing her finger directly at him, according to Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown, acting as a pool reporter for other media outlets.

Accounts from both camps later said the terse talk focused on Brewer’s book—“Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border.”

The book, which was released in November, describes a June 2010 Oval Office meeting between Obama and Brewer aimed at diffusing conflicts surrounding Arizona’s controversial state immigration law and the administration’s immigration policy.

At the time, the White House called it a “good meeting,” while Brewer’s staff said it was “cordial.”

But Brewer paints a much different picture in her book.

Brewer complains in “Scorpions for Breakfast” that she and her staff were treated coldly by White House aides, prevented from taking pictures in the holding room outside the Oval Office and that their cell phones and cameras were “confiscated” by Secret Service.

“Too bad we weren’t illegal aliens, or we could have sued them,” she writes.

During her meeting with the president, Brewer said Obama was “condescending” and professorial, “lecturing” on his efforts to promote comprehensive immigration reform.


“He was patronizing,” she said. “Then it dawned on me: He’s treating me like the cop he had over for a beer after he bad-mouthed the Cambridge police, I thought. He thinks he can humor me and then get rid of me.”

Obama raised his objections to Brewer’s account face-to-face with the governor Wednesday.

“He was a little disturbed about my book,” Brewer told reporters after the meeting broke. “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.”


In an interview with KFYI radio in Phoenix, Brewer said Obama was “somewhat thin-skinned and a little tense, to say the least.”


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  • Anonymous

    I LOVE the finger in the face of BHO!  WOW,  I can’t wait to see Bill Maher call her a Nazi for that! 

    • Anonymous

      bill maher i puke in his ugly disgusting face

    • Zorro

      I thought that Jan Brewer gave Barry another finger.

  • Rush’s theory is that Obama has always had the way cleared for him, that next to nobody has ever told him no or put up any resistance, that there has always been the professor who will turn his C into an A.  When Jan Brewer tells him no and puts up resistance, it must be the most shocking thing in the world to his ego.

    That’s a good theory, but mine is simpler.

    Jan Brewer’s name appears by name as a defendant in the DOJ lawsuit against SB 1070.  That’s like waving a cape in front of a bull.  I would point, too, in fact, I would mount a Presidential campaign if I were in her shoes.

    I still think she’ll be on the short list for running mate, esp. if Romney is the nominee.

    • Anonymous

      as i recall she put on a tough facade and then wound up apologizing and backing down like all white people today except for ::::DOCTOR SAVAGE::::!!

  • Anonymous

    I am surprised Governor Jan got that close to bho before being slammed face down on the tarmac by six jackbooted thugs wearing two guns each, microphones in wristcuffs, wires in ears and tiny little unique lapel pins custom made for the trip to Phoenix.  Heil Barack!

  • Anonymous

    michael savage is discussing this tonight, interesting commentary from michael.

  • Anonymous

    Why is he touching her?

    • Why don’t you scream rape for her as well?

      • Anonymous

        Don’t go off the deep end. I think it is more of a male dominance thing…interesting body language.

        • Anonymous

          Why did he give Biden’s wife a big kiss on the mouth? Why was he kissing her at all? He has no respect for personal boundary space and he seems to think it is cool to be groping White women in public.

  • Anonymous

    This is a good thing. Her book detailing the problems with illegal immigration has suddenly seen a massive increase in sales.

    The book, released in November, ranked 276,665th in sales on before the airport showdown, but by Thursday it had shot to No. 21 on the Best Sellers in Books category and No. 2 on the site’s Movers and Shakers, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported.

  • It should be noted, Jan Brewer didn’t have a great 2011.  She vetoed campus CCW and the birther bill.

    However, she was proven right about beheadings:

    • Anonymous

      Her stance on gun rights is actually quite good, not many states allow conceiled carry without a permit.

      Jan Brewer also signed legislation that entitled persons in Arizona to carry guns into bars, unless the bar has specifically stated that guns are not to be permitted. She also signed a bill that allows Arizona citizens to conceal weapons without having to get a permit.

      • This comment isn’t going to get too many “likes,” but I have said it before here on AR. 

        She should have signed campus CCW and vetoed Constitutional Carry, and instead pushed for cheaper CCW permits.  We still need the permitting process attached to CCW, in order to have the process crime of “carrying concealed w/o permit” to hang around habitual black and Hispanic thugs to get them to squeal, snitch or plea bargain.

        I further expound:

        • Anonymous

          From a personal protection standpoint the thugs are going to carry guns illegally anyway; the more White people that go armed because it is EASY and paperwork free the better.

  • One of the most disrespectful acts ever seen against a sitting President, there is nothing “noble” about her conduct its quite childish and stupid and the constant “cheering” by her like minded supporters only confirms the worst image of American conservatives as rich spoiled children of privilege even mildly racist or condescending, let’s face facts if he was white she would NOT have made that gesture. If she’s complaining of illegals in her state she should take a trip to Ronald Reagan’s grave site and demand an answer why did his gov’t grant “amnesty” to 3 million illegal  Mexicans in the 80’s mostly in California and Texas etc, we all know that his supporters thought they would become the “Cubans” of the west coast for his party and provide the cheap labor for their fields I’m guessing that “I have a dream” plan by Reagan’s lackey’s turned out badly for many of the Reagan republicans did that ever really work out for California?

    • Anonymous

      Who are you trying to fool? If a black female politician had done this to President Bush she would have been hailed as a HERO and received plenty of cheers from your people.

      Cynthia McKinney was/is a raving loon, punching a police officer on Capitol Hill in the face, accusing the Bush administration of being co-conspirators in 911, and making bizarre claims about mass graves in the Louisiana swamps.  She is nuts and her violent disrespectful behavior makes her a hero among the colored.

  • Quit dreaming she’s no Maggie Thatcher, give Jan an Oscar nomination for putting up a foolish “drama queen” act or was she trying to do a comedy skit?

  • Anonymous

    He should have slapped her!