No matter how much you despise or disagree with President Obama, it is very disrespectful to point your finger in his face. That’s what Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer did and she has come off looking like a beeyotch more than anything. Brewer was on hand to greet President Obama when he landed at the Phoenix airport this evening. Well, let’s just say things got pretty ugly:
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer traded words with President Obama after she greeted him at a Phoenix airport Wednesday.
Brewer and Obama “spoke intensely for a few minutes” after he landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, according to a White House pool report. At one point, the GOP governor shook her finger at the president.
“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 an 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. “Anyway, we’re glad he’s here. I’ll regroup.”
During Wednesday’s encounter, Brewer handed Obama a handwritten letter asking him to sit down with her to discuss the “Arizona comeback.”
“I thought we probably would’ve talked about the things that were important to him and important to me, helping one another,” Brewer said of a potential meeting with the president. “Our country is upside down. Arizona was upside down. But we have turned it around. I know again that he loves this country and I love this country.”
More info on the hot mess from Politico:
The pool reporter, POLITICO’s Carrie Budoff Brown, said the scene was far from the norm. Aside from the pointing, they appeared to talk over each other and he appeared to walk away from her while they were still talking.
Brewer said the president brought up the book.
“I thought we probably would’ve talked about the things that were important to him and important to me, helping one another,” she said, appearing flustered. “Our country is upside down. Arizona was upside down. But we have turned it around. I know again that he loves this country and I love this country.”
As I said before, no matter what you think of the president, it’s just plain disrespectful to point a finger in his face. Regardless of what the two actually said to each other, there’s just no way Jan Brewer is going to come off looking good when the White House Pool Photographer takes a picture of her pointing her finger at the President of the United States. She owes him an apology.
UPDATE#1 (01/27/12): Jan Brewer is now saying President Obama was “disrespectful” for walking away from her as they spoke. She is such an egomaniac that she is defending pointing her finger in his face. That’s equally disrespectful. I would have walked away too. She has now released the letter she had given to President Obama. One thing that was lost on her two days ago was that the letter was a public document and not a private one. This was nothing more than political theatrics on the part of Jan Brewer. Why give the president a letter asking to discuss the border and other issues? Why not just tell him, since you are there face to face? I don’t care how she spins this, she was out of place and wrong to point her finger in his face.
Sen. John McCain also sunk low by defending Jan Brewer’s actions by saying Obama is “prickly.” Um, he’s still the president and should be given the respect due. When an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at former president George W. Bush, most Americans were upset that he was disrespected on the world stage. The same standard applies to President Obama.