AZ Gov. Jan Brewer Sinks to New Low, Points Finger in President Obama’s Face During Heated Exchange Over Book

AZ Gov. Jan Brewer Sinks to New Low, Points Finger in President Obama's Face During Heated Exchange Over Book (AP)

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.

Tears and Raw Emotions as Gabrielle Giffords Hands in Resignation Letter on House Floor

Our thoughts and prayers go out to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly as she resigns her position. I must say that if our elected officials can aspire to be like this woman, we would have a far better Congress.

Gabrielle Giffords Resignation Letter:
Dear Speaker Boehner:

In 2001, strongly holding the belief that there is no higher calling than serving my country, I went from selling tires in my Tucson family business to being a freshman representative in the Arizona State House. And for 10 years I served — in the Arizona legislature, in the United States Congress, and, after marrying Mark, as a proud military spouse. Always I fought for what I thought was right. But never did I question the character of those with whom I disagreed. Never did I let pass an opportunity to join hands with someone just because he or she held different ideals.

In public service, I found a venue for my pursuit of a stronger America — by ensuring the safety and security of all Americans, by producing clean energy here at home instead of importing oil from abroad, and by honoring our brave men and women in uniform with the benefits they earned, I found a way to care for others. And in the past year, I have found a value that is unbreakable even by the most vicious of attacks.

The tragic January 8th shooting in Tucson took the lives of six beautiful Americans and wounded 13 others, me included. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel grief for the lives lost and so many others torn apart. Christina Taylor-Green, Dorothy Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Gabe Zimmerman embodied the best of America. Each in their own way, they committed their lives to serving their families, community and country, and they died performing a basic but important act of citizenship that’s at the heart of our greatness as a nation. They will be remembered always by their country and by their Congress.

I don’t remember much from that terrible day, but I have never forgotten my constituents, my colleagues, or the millions of Americans with whom I share great hopes for this nation. To all of them: Thank you for your prayers, your cards, your well wishes and your support. And even as I have worked to regain my speech, thank you for your faith in my ability to be your voice.

The only way I ever served my district in Congress was by giving 100 percent. This past year, that’s what I have given to my recovery. Thank you for your patience. From my first steps and first words after being shot to my current physical and speech therapy, I have given all of myself to being able to walk back onto the House floor this year to represent Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. However, today I know that now is not the time. I have more work to do on my recovery before I can serve again in elected office.

This past year my colleagues and staff have worked to make sure my constituents were represented in Congress. But if I can’t return, my district deserves to elect a U.S. Representative who can give 100 percent to the job now. For that reason, I have submitted the attached letter of resignation to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Amid all that was lost on January 8th, there was also hope and faith. This past year, it is what I have often clung to: Hope that our government can represent the best of a nation, not the worst. Faith that Americans working together — in their communities, in our Congress — can succeed without qualification. Hope and faith that even as we are set back by tragedy or profound disagreement, in the end we come together as Americans to set a course toward greatness.
Everyday, I am working hard. I will recover and will return, and we will work together again, for Arizona and for all Americans.

Sincerely,
Gabrielle Giffords
Member of Congress

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French Elle Nathalie Dolivo Praises President Obama, Michelle Obama for “Teaching Blacks How to Dress”

French Elle magazine’s Nathalie Dolivo ‘praises’ President Obama and First Lady for showing African-Americans how to dress. Unbelievable. Here’s what Dolivo said:

In this America led for the first time a black president, the chic has become a plausible option for a community so far pegged to its codes [of] streetwear … But if in 2012 the “black-geoisie” has integrated all the white codes, it does not [do so] literally. [There] is always a classic twist, with a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a ‘créole de rappeur’) that recalls the roots.

[…]

“There is always a classic twist, with a bourgeois ethnic reference (a batik-printed turban/robe, a shell necklace, a ‘créole de rappeur’) that recalls the roots,” she said.

Really? Wow. How incredibly racist. Thank God Almighty that the Obamas have taught blacks to dress like white people. Exactly why does Nathalie Dolivo feel the need to coin a new phrase, black-geosie? Why am I not surprised at the racist rhetoric being spewed by French Elle? This is the same magazine that dissed Rihanna, calling her  “a nigga bitch” a month ago. Well, we all know that racism is quite prevalent in the fashion industry. How else can you explain the scant numbers of black and Latino models on the runways?

What a dumbass! How many black and biracial blacks live in France, that surely she should realize this is a load of crap. This is journalism at its worst.

Is It Time to Bring Back Bill Clinton to Rail Against Egomaniac Newt Gingrich?

Bill Clinton and Abel Herrero

Is It Time to Bring Back Bill Clinton to Rail Against Egomaniac Newt Gingrich?(Flickr)

Washington Post columnist David Maraniss seems to think the Democrats need to bring back Bill Clinton to rail against egomaniac Newt Gingrich. The Drudge Report is running with David Maraniss’ column, as well as an article saying ‘Conservatives should not be surprised by scandals that lie ahead’ and R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s column in the New York Sun, entitled William Jefferson Gingrich, saying Newt Gingrich is the conservative version of Bill Clinton. Yeah, I know both Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich are narcissists, but I would take Bill any day of the week. At least he has personality.

David Maraniss:  “If Republicans, in their fervor to rid the White House of Barack Obama, are yet again experiencing The Temptation of Newt, then Democrats have only one illogically rational response in this modern American political hall of mirrors. They should bring back Bill Clinton.”

Of course, the law prohibits the Comeback Kid from coming back to serve a third term, and Obama might not go for it, but only old-school twits would let any of that get in the way. The Constitution and its amendments are so 18th, 19th and 20th century. The notion of persuading good ol’ Joe Biden to step aside in favor of Hillary as vice president is not sufficiently grandiose when it comes to going after Gingrich. As the former speaker his ownself might declare, Democrats frankly must unequivocally and eloquently undertake fundamental change so extraordinarily revolutionary that America will not be the same again.

[…]

Gingrich and Clinton share a propensity to think they are the smartest person in the room. When they were in rooms together, in the mid-1990s, Clinton dominated. He knew Gingrich’s vocabulary, he understood how to outwonk him, and the result was that the president mesmerized and overwhelmed the otherwise-cocky House speaker. “I’ve got a problem, I get in those meetings and as a person I like the President,” Gingrich acknowledged during the era, when I was reporting on the “Republican revolution” with my colleague Michael Weisskopf. “I melt when I’m around him. After I get out, I need two hours to detoxify. My people are nervous about me going in there because of the way I deal with this.”

Very interesting. But to be honest, no matter what you think of Bill Clinton, the man knows how to rally crowds and get people energized. So, while Newt Gingrich is taking all the credit for balancing the budget, the fall of the Soviet Union and so on, Bill Clinton can be a formidable weapon to draw.

Here’s an excerpt from Emmett Tyrrell Jr.’s column:

Newt and Bill are 1960s generation narcissists, and they share the same problems: waywardness and deviancy. Newt, like Bill, has a proclivity for girl hopping. It is not as egregious as Bill’s, but then Newt is not as drop-dead beautiful. His public record is already besmeared with tawdry divorces, and there are private encounters with the fair sex that doubtless will come out.

If I have heard of some, you can be sure the Democrats have heard of more. Nancy Pelosi’s intimations are timely. Newt up against the Prophet Obama would be a painful thing to watch. He might be deft with one-liners but it would be futile. There are independent and other uncommitted voters to be cultivated in 2012 — all would be unmoved by Newt’s juggling of conservative shibboleths.

[…]

Conservatives should not be surprised by the scandals that lie ahead, if they stick with him. Those of us, who raised the question of character in 1992, were confronted by an indignant Bill Clinton, treating the topic as a low blow. To listen to him, character was the “c” word of American politics. It was reprehensible to mention it. By now we know. Character matters. Paul, Santorum, and Romney have it. Newt has Clinton’s character.

Atlanta Police Officer Gail Thomas Struck and Killed By Drunk Driver Chastity Jones on I-75

Atlanta Police Officer Gail Thomas Struck and Killed By Drunk Driver Chastity Jones on I-75

FALLEN OFFICER:  Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas was killed after being struck by suspected drunk driver, Chasity Jones of Stone Mountain, while she was assisting other officers with a traffic incident on the exit ramp from southbound I-75 to northbound I-85. Officer Gail Thomas was struck by Jones after she exited her vehicle and was then struck by other vehicles passing by.

That driver, 22-year-old Chasity Jones of Stone Mountain, was charged with driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, 1st degree and reckless driving, according to Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.

According to police, Jones blew a .16 on a breath test administered at the scene, but refused consent for a blood alcohol reading. However, a search warrant was obtained and blood was retrieved at Grady Memorial Hospital. Source: AJC

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Gail Thomas. She will be missed.

Drudge Report Goes After Newt Gingrich Over Monica Lewinsky Sex Comment

Drudge Report Goes After Newt Gingrich Over Monica Lewinsky Sex Comment (Drudge Report)

The Drudge Report is after Newt Gingrich again and this time, they’re playing on his hypocrisy with a flashy caption:  NEWT: I WASN’T KNOCKING LEWINSKY SEX… Like he should be talking about Monica Lewinsky with his one-time jump-off-turned wife Callista Gingrich. There seems to be a problem with the link.

Here’s a snippet from PostonPolitics.com (from Univision interview): “Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich came out swinging this morning when accused of being a hypocrite for blasting then President Bill Clinton for having an affair at the same time he was cheating on his own wife.  During a wide-ranging interview –” and there are only wide ranging, I’ve never seen a narrowly focused interview, have you?  At least described in the media as a narrowly focused interview. No, a wide-ranging interview.  “– wide-ranging interview with Spanish language television Univision, Gingrich said he wasn’t criticizing the sex.”  I wasn’t knocking the sex in the Lewinsky story.  I was knocking Clinton lying under oath. ”

Um, Newt Gingrich knocking Bill Clinton on lying under oath? What an egomaniac and sociopath rolled into one. Right Newt, you are so credible on the topics of lying under oath and marital fidelity. HYPOCRITE.

On another note, Newt Gingrich was grilled by Univison’s Jorge Ramos and got a smackdown after being told, matched up to President Obama, Hispanics chose Obama, not him, and he “could lose the election” with his poll numbers in the Latino community.  Here’s are some excerpts from the New York Times:

Mr. Gingrich is aggressively courting Hispanic voters in Florida and he has scheduled several events before the primary on Jan. 31 focused on Hispanic issues, including a speech on Latin American policy.

But Mr. Ramos noted that in a poll released Wednesday by Univision, ABC News and Latino Decisions that matched Mr. Gingrich against President Obama, a vast majority of Hispanic voters chose Mr. Obama.

“You would lose the general election with these numbers,’’ he warned.

Jorge Ramos went where John King, Bret Baier, Anderson Cooper and Brian Williams didn’t go — straight for the jugular with his questions.

Asked what he thought of Mitt Romney’s idea that illegal immigrants would “self-deport” if they are denied jobs and services, Mr. Gingrich snorted, then answered, “I think you have to live in worlds of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic $20 million a year income with no work to have some fantasy this far from reality.’’

He accused Mr. Romney of lacking “concern for the humanity of the people who are already here.’’

But when Mr. Ramos pressed him on why, if he were compassionate, he did not support the Dream Act, which would offer some illegal immigrants brought to this country as children a path to citizenship – President Obama called on Congress to pass the bill in his State of the Union address on Tuesday — Mr. Gingrich said he was for “half the Dream Act,’’ giving citizenship to people who enlist in the army.

Mr. Ramos said that two million students were brought to the country as children by illegal-immigrant parents and that Mr. Gingrich favored policies “punishing” them.

“They can go to college,’’ Mr. Gingrich demurred. “I wasn’t suggesting we run around and try to deport them. I have suggested that if they want to become citizens, they can join the military.’’

The interview touched on his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich’s open marriage accusations:

“Do I blame you for asking? No, let me explain,’’ Mr. Gingrich said, and he went on to say he had been angry at ABC News for interviewing his former wife, Marianne Gingrich, while not interviewing people the Gingrich campaign suggested would rebut the account. His campaign fought with ABC for equal time “because it’s a lie,’’ he said. “It’s not true.’’

Mr. Ramos then suggested that Mr. Gingrich had been hypocritical, as House speaker, to lead impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair at a time he himself was in an adulterous relationship. “At the same time you were doing exactly the same thing,’’ Mr. Ramos said.

Mr. Gingrich pushed back, making the case that Mr. Clinton was impeached for lying under oath, a felony, not for an extramarital affair.

“I understand,’’ Mr. Ramos said, “but people think that’s hypocritical to criticize President Clinton for doing the same thing that you were doing at the same time.”

Newt Gingrich can’t help himself. He’s a HYPOCRITE.

Mr. Cayman Islands Mitt Romney Says President Obama “Detached from Reality, Detached from People”

English: Governor Mitt Romney of MA

Mr. Cayman Islands Mitt Romney Says President Obama "Detached from Reality, Detached from People" (Wikipedia)

Orlando Sentinel:  “Describing America and Florida as “troubled,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, calling the president out of touch with America.”

“We have a president who is detached from reality. He’s detached from the people. He’s detached from his own words. He’s so detached people are surprised and shocked,” Romney said to several hundred supporters gathered on a machine shop floor at American Douglas Metals’ Orlando factory in Taft on Wednesday morning.

“The way it is right now is trouble. People are having hard times,” Romney said. “I’m going to fix that. I’m going to tell the truth. And I’m going to restore America to the way it has always been, the hope of the Earth.” Source: Orlando Sentinel

Really Mitt? Let’s see who is really detached from reality — the person who had a Swiss bank accounts, has a big chunk of his assets in the Cayman Islands, paid a 13.9% tax rate, dodged the draft by living in France, can’t seem to connect with the average American voter, presided over a venture capital firm that was in essence a “vulture capital” firm and refuses to disclose his tax returns from 2009 and earlier, who’s slipping in the polls and so on. I could go on and on. If he loved this country so much and hates Europe so much, then why did he put his money in a Swiss bank and lived in France (draft dodger)? Patriotic people don’t put money in overseas tax havens.

Mitt Romney personifies what’s wrong with the tax code in this country. With that said, I would venture to say, he’s the one who is detached from reality. You see, Mitt Romney doesn’t have a clue what struggling to put kids through college, struggling to keep one’s home or even struggling to make ends meet really means. He has no clue.

New DNC ad slamming Mitt Romney’s patriotism:

Elite Bin Laden SEAL Heroes Rescued Jessica Buchanan, Poul Hagen Thisted from Somalian Pirates in Daring Night Raid

Elite Bin Laden SEAL Heroes Rescued Jessica Buchanan, Poul Hagen Thisted from Somalian Pirates in Daring Night Raid (AFP/Getty Images)

NEWSFLASH:  President Obama has presided over another daring mission, in the same vein as the mission that took down 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. The same elite forces that killed that dirtbag, parachuted into Somalia and rescued American Jessica Buchanan, 32, of  Rosslyn, Vir., and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, of Denmark, who were being held captive by Somalian pirates. The two were kidnapped from Galkayo in Galmudug, Somalia, last year.

Nine Somali pirates were killed and five captured during a brutal gun battle after the mission at 2am on Wednesday to save the two hostages, by the same Navy SEALs unit that killed Bin Laden.

‘This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people,’ U.S. President Barack Obama said. Source

This is the same president Republicans are calling weak. Seems to me his predecessor was all talk and no action.

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Body Found in Wooded Area in Atlanta Identified as Missing Buckhead Woman Stacey Nicole English

Body Found in Wooded Area in Atlanta Identified as Missing Buckhead Woman Stacey Nicole English

NEWSFLASH:  A body found earlier this week in a wooded area in southeast Atlanta has been identified as missing Buckhead woman Stacey Nicole English.

Tony English, the father of missing Buckhead resident Stacey English, told 11Alive News he received a 7:15 phone call Wednesday morning from the Fulton County Medical Examiner that a body found in southeast Atlanta Monday evening is that of his missing daughter. Source:  11 Alive

We hope and pray further testing will be done to see if a cause of death can be ascertained. One of the men who found her body said she was lodged under a fallen tree and he believes her body was placed there, since the tree had fallen some time ago. It will be interested to see if the investigation will turn to a homicide investigation and if Robert Kirk will be revisited by law enforcement agents.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Stacey Nicole English. This isn’t the outcome we had hoped for.

Veteran Atlanta Police Officer Killed After Being Struck on I-75

Veteran Atlanta Police Department officer struck and killed while assisting another officer with an earlier traffic incident on the Brookwood Interchange ramp from the I-75 southbound to I-85 northbound Tuesday night. The officer, who is a 15 year veteran of the force, was killed shortly after starting her shift. Her name is being withheld pending notification to relatives. She died at the scene.

The driver whose vehicle struck the officer was arrested, and it appears alcohol may have been a factor with that motorist.

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