Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday, greeted President Barack Obama on the tarmac when he arrived outside Phoenix but the two leaders were seen in what appears to be a heated exchange. A photograph shows Brewer getting into the president's face and pointing her finger at him.
So what was the conversation about? It was Gov. Brewer's book.
He was a little disturbed about my book, Brewer told the media. She recently published a book, Scorpions for Breakfast, that tells of her years growing up. The book also speaks about why Brewer signed Arizona's controversial law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants, which Obama opposes.
Brewer spokes to Fox's Greta Van Susteren and explained the confrontation.
I was trying to be there in a tone to welcome him to Arizona. I was very pleased he was coming to Arizona to see part of Arizona's come back, Brewer said. I had written a handwritten note to him to deliver welcoming him to Arizona and to thank him for being here and gave him the letter. He immediately took umbrage with my book I wrote, Scorpions for Breakfast and was disgruntled about the way he was portrayed in the book.
Brewer said she asked Obama if he read her book, to which he said he read excerpts.
The bottom line is the book is factual. The book is true, Brewer told Van Susteren, as reported by a transcript on the Web site. I want our borders secured. I want our nation protected. He wants amnesty. We'll never going to agree on that. So I don't know why he was surprised by my book. He evidently is and thin-skinned in regards to it.
I wrote that in my handwritten note to him. I tried to talk about the Arizona comeback and what we've done with the economy and great Arizona is. And I asked about the opportunity to be able to sit down and talk to him about it.
And again, at the end of my letter, I say and reiterated my invitation to come to the border and see what was going on and that I would buy lunch begin. It was great respect and signed my name to it. I was trying to be gracious to him. And he just reacted in a very negative manner of which took me back, kind of left me breathless to tell you the truth.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Obama was objecting to Brewer's description of a meeting he had with her at the White House. Brewer described that Obama was lecturing her.
Brewer also described meeting the president at the White House in 2010 for an immigration talk.
I felt a little bit like I was being lectured to, and I was a little kid in a classroom, if you will, and he was this wise professor and I was this little kid, and this little kid knows what the problem is and I felt minimized to say the least, Brewer said, as reported by the Sun-Times.
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