An intense conversation between president Barack Obama and Arizona Gov Jen Brewer made the news after watchers observed that they were, instead, having what looked more of an argument than a simple greeting talk. Obama had just arrived outside of Phoenix when she approached to greet the president. While she was expecting a regular meeting, Obama began discussing her recent book right at the airport Gateway.
Moments after the conversation was done, Brewer was questioned about what had been the topic. “He was a little disturbed about my book. We could have been talking about a million different things. Bottom line is that he generally wants to talk about amnesty and I want to talk about securing our border,” said Brewer to reporters.
The book, entitled “Scorpions for Breakfast”, is kind of her memories of when she was growing up. Somewhere along the pages, Brewer defends her signing up for the controversial Arizona law that allows cracking down on illegal immigrants, policy which Obama opposes. Even though they were trying to smile while arguing, at a point Brewer pointed a finger at the president. “I must say, I was not hostile. I was trying to be very, very gracious. I respect the office of the president, and I would never be disrespectful in that manner.”
The encounters of Obama and Brewer are not much different from this episode. At least two different occasions have been reported by Brewer herself. One of them was related to Obama’s speech at Arizona State University, when she believes that he “blew her off”. At a meeting at the White House, Brewer described Obama as lecturing her.
When she participated in a meeting in 2010 at the White House with the president, Brewer was there to talk about immigration. “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.”
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