But all did not go well.
The rancorous Obama was miffed about her depiction of their previous, private 30-minute White House meeting in June 2010. “He was a little disturbed about my book,” Brewer told a reporter after the incident, referring to her political memoir, “Scorpions for Breakfast.” In the book, Brewer depicted Obama as “patronizing” during that earlier meeting. “I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president,” Brewer said. “The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So.”
Brewer said Obama told her “that he didn’t feel I had treated him cordially.”
“I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn’t get my sentence finished,” Brewer said. According to reports, he walked away from her while they were still talking. “Anyway, we’re glad he’s here. I’ll regroup.”
Brewer and Obama “spoke intensely for a few minutes” after he left his plane, according to a report. At one point, the GOP governor shook her finger at the president.
This isn’t the first time Obama and Brewer have been at odds. Last year, the governor filed a lawsuit accusing the Obama administration of failing to enforce immigration laws or maintain control of Arizona’s southern border.
Had she been less of a lady, courteously greeting the temperamental and grudge-carrying Obama, Gov. Brewer might have imitated her Democrat predecessor Janet Napolitano. When then-President George W. Bush came to town, that ill-mannered governor took off for a trip to the Grand Canyon. Today’s edition of the left-of-center local newspaper editorially berates Brewer for her response to Obama’s petulance, but remained characteristically mum when Napolitano snubbed Bush.
Although such rudeness is not a hallmark of Gov. Brewer, she does have a right to defend herself — and got high marks for doing so from the local audience. Real Clear Politics has the audio of Gov. Brewer being interviewed by Mike Broomhead on 550 KFYI-AM after the incident. Listen here.
Read Gov. Brewer’s statement regarding President Obama’s visit to Arizona here.
As a result of this incident, sales of Gov. Brewer’s book Scorpions for Breakfast have skyrocketed over the past 24 hours.