Obama and Gov. Brewer Exchange Choice Words on Arizona Tarmac

Obama and Gov. Brewer Exchange Choice Words on Arizona Tarmac

Obama and Gov. Brewer Exchange Choice Words on Arizona Tarmac

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Jan. 26 2012 3:17 PM

President Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer Exchange Words on Arizona Tarmac

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(US President Barack Obama is greeted by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer upon arriving at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, on January 12, 2011.)

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President Obama had some choice words for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer upon landing in Phoenix, after she called him condescending in her new memoir, Scorpions for Breakfast.

Brewer originally said her 2010 Oval Office meeting with the president on immigration was cordial, but in her book states she felt the president was talking down to her like a professor to a student.

The governor met the president on the Arizona tarmac to offer him a letter of invitation to speak about immigration. The president seemed to suggest to Brewer in person that he didn’t enjoy opening his schedule to her and then suffering smack talk later on.

After the tarmac showdown, Brewer stated she respected the Office of the President, then later on FOX's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren called the president thin-skinned. She also defended ponting her finger at the president during the heated discussion, saying "I talk with my hands."

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Some things might be best left to the courts. In October a federal judge dismissed Brewer's lawsuit against the Obama administration for not enforcing immigration laws in Arizona. 

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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