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.
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.
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.