A day after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer approached President Barack Obama on an airport tarmac, setting off an acrimonious exchange that made national headlines, she has released the letter she handed to the president.
Obama told Brewer she had misrepresented what transpired during an Oval Office visit in her book Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border, according to a White House spokesperson. Photographers captured Brewer jabbing an accusing finger at Obama.
The letter is far less controversial. It touts Arizona's economic achievement, and although it acknowledges that the two fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again, it strikes a respectful tone. Brewer reiterates her invitation to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, an indication of how Arizona has clashed with the federal government on immigration.
The text of the letter follows:
Dear Mr. President,
Welcome to Arizona!
You've arrived in a state at the forefront of America's economy - and her future. We were at the bank. We were at the bottom of the list in job creation. Today, we have a balanced budget and we're in the top 10 of job creation.
I'm proud of that hard-won recovery - the result of many tough decisions, courage and perseverance.
My hope is while you are here you will have a chance to see our tremendous results first hand.
We both love this great country, but we fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again. I'd love an opportunity to share with you how we've been able to turn Arizona around with hard choices that turned out to be the right ones.
And, of course, my offer to visit the border - and but lunch - still stands!