President Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer confront each other at Arizona airport

President Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer confront each other at Arizona airport

Chandler : AZ : USA | Jan 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM PST
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President Obama, No One in Arizona is Laughing

"President Obama arrived in Phoenix at 3:15 p.m. local time, finding the chilly weather of Iowa giving way to sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60s," according to a White House report.

He stepped off Air Force One at 3:28 pm and was greeted by Gov. Jan Brewer. She handed him a handwritten letter in an envelope and they spoke intensely for a few minutes. At one point, she pointed her finger at him.

When speaking to a correspondent afterwards, governor Brewer said, “"He was a little disturbed about my book, Scorpions for Breakfast," Brewer said. "I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president. The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt."

Asked what aspect of the book disturbed him, Brewer said: "That he didn't feel that I had treated him cordially. I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn't get my sentence finished. Anyway, we're glad he's here. I'll regroup," according to

The moment they greeted one another it was clear this would not be a joyous encounter between the president and a local official. At one point, she was pointing her finger at him and at another, they were talking at the same time, seemingly over each other.

He appeared to walk away from her while they were still talking, and she confirmed that by saying she didn't finish her sentence.

The controversial Republican governor of immigration law fame Jan Brewer is also up for election as she assumed office when Janet Napolitano accepted the post in the Obama Administration has head of Homeland Security.

Arizona is trying to "second guess" the federal government, and the Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging the state's immigration policy -- claiming the "invalid" law interferes with federal immigration responsibilities and "must be struck down."

The suit names the state of Arizona as well as Gov. Jan Brewer as defendants. In it, the Justice Department claims the federal government has "preeminent authority" on immigration enforcement and that the Arizona law "disrupts" that balance. It urges the U.S. District Court in Arizona to "preliminarily and permanently" prohibit the state from enforcing the law.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear parts of the law that might be unconsitutional and should have an opinion by the end of the summer before the Presidential election.

President Obama was also greeted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith at the airport before he departed for the Intel campus late this afternoon.

President Barack Obama is traveling the country to promote the economic plan he laid out in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. The president started the tour Wednesday with a visit to a manufacturing plant in the central state of Iowa.

He will be visiting swing states that could be crucial in the November election: Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Michigan.

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Dava Castillo is based in Clearlake, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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