Obama Doesn't Have Time for Jan Brewer's Shit, But Don't Tell Her That

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President Obama arrived in Phoenix yesterday and was greeted at the airport by Arizona governor Jan Brewer. And that was where the niceties ended. Brewer gave Obama a hand-written letter, and then the two got into a tense conversation. They were seen talking over each other, and she pointed at him. Then Obama walked away while Governor Brewer was mid-sentence. Ooh, diss.

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So what was all the conflict about? Well, Brewer is a well-known proponent of her state's controversial anti-immigration law, and she wrote a charmingly titled book, Scorpions for Breakfast, in which she criticizes Obama's opposition to the law. Talking to a reporter after Obama had moved on, Brewer said,

He was a little disturbed about my book. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So.

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It takes some serious spine to get into a spat with the President in a public space. Of course, the White House played down the encounter:

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.

Airport greeting turns testy between President Obama, Jan Brewer [LA Times]

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IMO, the respect for "The Office of the President of the United States", has diminished greatly. From Joe Wilson's "You Lie" comment to people just talking to incidences like these with Governor Brewer. It's as if the respect isn't warranted. Eveny when Bush was in power, we still had to respect "The Office" and we were labeled as treasonous by many if we even spoke ill of Bush in public.

*I'm not saying it's racial, but something is clearly afoot in the Republican party*