Obama Rebuffs ‘Bridge-Building’ with Gov. Brewer


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Apparently a better relationship between Democrats and Republicans is in the eye of the beholder. One day after his State of the Union speech, where he told Americans that genuine reform can’t happen unless we “end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction; that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas,” president Barack Obama had what might be charitably described as a less than cordial encounter with Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer.

“He was a little thin-skinned,” Brewer said during a later interview on local radio station News/Talk 92.3 KTAR. “I was a bit taken aback by his stance and his attitude [on the tarmac],” she added. noting that Obama walked away from her “[as] I was trying to make a point that I thought that my book was right and correct.” The book in question is “Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border,” about Brewer’s approach to dealing with Arizona’s illegal alien problem. According to the governor, the president was “a little disturbed” regarding her description of a previous meeting between the two in the Oval Office on June 3rd, 2010.

At a press conference after that meeting, she described their talk as “very cordial, very very cordial.” Yet as one watches the video of that presser, one gets the impression that Ms. Brewer is carefully measuring her words. Apparently she was. In a review of the book published by the Arizona Republic, Brewer reportedly described the get-together as “one that started with some chitchat,” she writes. “But after a few minutes, the president’s tone got serious–and condescending.” She further noted that Mr. Obama “has repeatedly made fun of those of us who want to see the law enforced, saying we want a ‘moat’ with ‘alligators’ in it around our country. The reason he has resorted to these failed attempts at humor, I think, is that he supports a policy that is fundamentally undemocratic, and he knows it.”

Thus, what should have been a routine exchange of greetings between a visiting president and a state governor got testy. Brewer offered Obama a letter, which she later said was an invitation to sit down with her to discuss Arizona’s economic “comeback” and to join her for a tour of the U.S.-Mexican border. A brief exchange followed with Brewer pointing her finger at the president, and Mr. Obama apparently walking away before the Governor could finish what she was saying. A White House official seemingly confirmed Brewer’s account of the incident. “The governor handed the president a letter and said she was inviting him to meet with her,” the official noted. “The president said he’d be glad to meet with her again, but did note that after their last meeting, a cordial discussion in the Oval Office, the governor inaccurately described the meeting in her book. The president looks forward to continuing taking steps to help Arizona’s economy grow.”

This media-orchestrated kerfuffle obscures the larger political picture, one that was also addressed by the president in the State of the Union speech. “I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration,” said Mr. Obama. “That’s why my Administration has put more boots on the border than ever before. That’s why there are fewer illegal crossings than when I took office. The opponents of action are out of excuses. We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now.”

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  • FriendofGaryCooper

    So, Americans want a moat around the USA "with alligators in it." No, what we want is a President that enforces our laws; not a rigid Socialist ideologue that is doing everything in his power to keep the Federal government from fulfilling its primary function: protecting Americans from invasion. The motto of this arrogant low-life President of ours is: Anything to hurt America. Anybody but Obama in 2012.

    • wsk

      I'm okay with a moat…..

    • frank

      Build the moat, fill it with gators and throw Obumbler, Pelosi, Reid, Wasserman-Schmuck and the rest of them in.

  • Rifleman

    If the msm orchestrated it, they're even dumber than hussein. It was an opportunity for dear ruler to show off his poor leadership skills to the whole world.

  • intrcptr2

    So what does it say about us that our nationally elected representative, more than once, turns his back on people who are talking with him, merely becuase they disagree with him (Brewer, Netanyahu)?

    Is that really how Americans function, or should?
    No wonder we can't negotiate ourselves out of the mess we're in.

    • trickyblain

      It means, simply, that he's heard enough ranting. I was accosted yesterday by a homeless person outside my office who randomly starting raving at me for not giving him "respect." I turned my back and walked away while he was still carrying on. Obama turning his back on Brewer is sort of like that.

      • Wideband

        Comparing the rantings of a homeless person to the considered opinions of an elected official, and considering it legitimate – typical lib.

        • intrcptr2

          Yeah, that was my first thought, too.

          wait for it…

        • trickyblain

          "Comparing the rantings of a homeless person to the considered opinions of an elected official, and considering it legitimate"

          What? Too insulting to the homeless person?

          • davarino

            turning my back on you

      • intrcptr2

        Sorry, brother, but that does not cut it. As an elected official (A paid public servant), it is his job to suffer the "rantings" of other political officials, particularly ones who share power in our Federal system. It is precisely the sort of attitude you've just evinced that makes people think Obama considers himself "above us", which he most decidedly is not.

        And comparing the governor of a state of the Union to a panhandler, who likely either has real issues, or realizes what a myopic, self-serving scumbag you are, is simply laughable.

        Maybe if Obama would show some respect, he might just get some in return. Apparently, to answer my own question, it says that he is indeed representing us perfectly; pompous, perfect, and, when it comes to doing his job par excellence, perfunctory.

        • trickyblain

          Brewer is not in the Federal system. And Obama showed total grace and class when compared to the previous VP telling a senator to "GFY" on the floor of Congress. Yet we didn't see the same calls for decorum from the right at the time. He was indeed cheered, The right cheered whenever the GWB admistration snubbed a liberal. Now they cry when the shoe is on the other foot.

          Obama has recieved nothing but utter contempt from Republicans from the day he took office. His opponents, too stupid to come up with substinative policy critiques, have been harping about his eligibility, his religion, his church, vague, vapid attacks on his commitment to the Constitution. He's been more respectful of the lot of them than they remotely deserve.

          • trickyblain

            Oh, and the troubled fellow (he didn't ask for money, so I hesitate to call him a panhandler) that reminded me of Brewer was accosting everyone in sight — so I doubt he had some sort of extra-sensory alarm as to my morality and integrity which you, unprompted, choose to personally attack. No doubt that he — like Brewer and righties ranging from Hitler to Bachman — had serious emotional issues, though. I guess I'm a scumbag because I'd be willing to spend a couple more dollars per paycheck in taxes so he could get help and shelter.

          • BLJ

            I got a better idea Mr, Compassion. Take him into your home. Prove to all of "righties" that you lib's don't just talk the talk.

          • trickyblain

            Never claimed to be a saint, BLJ. But isn't ther a middle ground between adopting a 50 year-old and letting him go untreated and unsheltered? Am I reallly a communist for supporting gov't programs that would go towards these ends?

          • BLJ

            Didn't call you a commie. You must have a guilty conscience. If a person truly needs help they should be able to get it.

          • coyote3

            Well, I don't know your politics. But if there is no enumerated power, delegated to congress for the particular federal government program, then it doesn't matter what political party you "say" you embrace, it is just plain illegal.

          • trickyblain

            As always, you avoid and dismiss the "general welfare" clauses that appear more than any other term in the document.

            Illegal?

            No, it's really not.

          • reader

            You're a scumbag for being a demaguogue Obama/Alynsky style. Firstly, Bachmann is a constitutionalist. Hitler was a murdurous National-Socialist. Secondly, it wouldn't be a problem if you and all other "please tax me" demaguoges wanted to spend a couple of more dollars per paycheck in taxes. The problem is that you're willing to tax other people. Otherwise, you'd be sending your checks to IRS and keep your mouth shut.

          • trickyblain

            You are evidence of a culture where being hopelessly stupid is a virtue. How am I a "style"? I'm a scumbag for being a "style"? How is anyone a "style"?

            A Contitutionalist usually knows what the Constitution says and what purpose it serves. Bachmann doesn't (claiming the founders used it to end slavery, which it explicitly tolerated). She calls for censorship and criminalization of issues long held protected by the First Amendment. She even thinks that parts of the Constitution are unconstitutional!

            Obama, on the other hand, has taught Conlaw at a level you have not and will never reach.

            And there's little doubt you know nothing of Alynsky — just that you've heard that he is bad by reading Websites-for Idiots like this.

            Oh, I just sent in my check to the IRS. A big one. I hope you had to pay more (but seriously doubt it).

          • WilliamJamesWard

            Maybe he meant a stye……………………….William

          • reader

            "You are evidence of a culture where being hopelessly stupid is a virtue. How am I a "style"? I'm a scumbag for being a "style"? How is anyone a "style"?"

            This is a five grade level of arguing, where you can get away with no reading comprehesion. It's out of place here, especially, when your point is that everybody else is stupid.

            "Oh, I just sent in my check to the IRS. A big one. I hope you had to pay more (but seriously doubt it)."

            Now all you have to do to save yourself is shut up. But I seriously doubt it – on both points. Lefties lie about it.

          • trickyblain

            I am not a collectivist. I would never say "lefties lie" or conservatives are stupid." Those are colectivist accusations, which I really despise because they are insults to individualism. Thus, I try to base my stated observations on a case-by-case basis. My observations of your posts are based on a) your tortured use of English b) you're assessment of Bachmann as a "Constitutionalist," c) your collectivist outlook ("lefties lie), and d) telling me to "shut up" in both your replies, much like a two-year old would do when faced with an unappreciated request.

            One can only surmise, based on these observations, that you — individually — are an idiot.

          • coyote3

            That is lie. They did use the constitution to end slavery. Slavery did not end until the constitution was amended. There were slaves in Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware, at the end of the War of Northern Aggression.

          • trickyblain

            Bravo Sierra

            "They," being Hamilton and Madison — the authors of the Constitution, explicitly wrote slavery into it. We're talking about the founding fathers, not Lincoln/Johnson, right? War of Whatever? 100 years later??? Where's the "lie," Coyote?

          • BLJ

            Obama is a total fraud. You are just too stupid to acknowledge it.

          • trickyblain

            Like I said, vague and vapid attacks.

          • BLJ

            Sort of like you equating conservatives to Hitler.

          • trickyblain

            I did nothing of the sort. Neither American conservatives or liberals have much in common with Hitler. I did say he was a "rightie" (Right wIng). He had all the traits — xenophobia, rabidly anti-communist, and authoritarian.

          • KarshiKhanabad

            TrickieDickie, you're a typical liberal liar. "Conservatives are nothing but goosestepping Nazis" is what you really think and yes, I know what you ponytails really think; I've been listening to your leftie garbage ever since your elders called me "babykiller" and "war criminal" because I served in Vietnam.

          • trickyblain

            My elders were right there with you — USMC Ugly Angels, drivers.

            And your other assumptions (ponytail?) are just as far off the mark.

          • davarino

            whats wrong with being rabidly anti-communist?

          • trickyblain

            Who said there was anything "wrong" with it? It was listed as a right-wing trait…

          • Jim_C

            They have been the dumbest attacks on Obama, haven't they? They're totally out of ideas.

            At some point, low-info dimwits like Brewer just need to be ignored. She can go back and represent all the aging, frightened, addle-brained retirees.

          • BLJ

            I have a great idea. Let Obama defend his record as President without having to blame George W. Bush for everything. That would be the grown up thing to do.

          • Ghostwriter

            Jim_C,that was out of line. Attacking old people whom you called "aging,frightened,addle-brained retirees" is vile and cruel. You should be ashamed of yourself. That was wrong.

          • Toa

            Indeed wrong, but very fitting for a miserable, sissy excuse for a male like Jim_C. The post above is just one more example.

          • trickyblain

            Nothing says "macho" like anonymously calling someone a "sissy" on a blog post. At least you know "Jim" is a man. What the hell is "Toa"? An infection?

            Nerver mind. I don't think I want to even know.

          • Jim_C

            Brewer's pretty much a dope, but you're right, it's a bit out of line.

          • reader

            I find it odd that you keep calling people low-informed, when that is exactly what you are, proven with every post.

          • Jim_C

            When was the last time you ever proved anything, or cited a fact?

          • davarino

            That senator may have been a homeless person, which you say qualifies for a drubbing. The democrats have a few congressmen who were former homeless, KKK, commies, …. etc. Now thats equal opportunity : )

  • BS77

    I read Gov. Brewer's book is flying off the shelves. I am looking for a copy.

    • Asher

      Yes, Very Good Book, Explains the calamity that stalks the Governor and the Sheriffs.

  • BLJ

    Obama is a wuss.

    • kafir

      I read that quickly, and thought it said "Obama is a virus". It turns out that both are correct.

    • Dennis X

      Stick your finger in my face, you won't get it back.

  • maria

    If we have more such governor as Brewer …Bravo gov. Brewer!!!
    BHO is one term Pres.

  • trickyblain

    The picture of Brewer wagging her finger says it all. The right-wing hysterioco going crazy. Obama just looking at her going, "Really?"

    Oh, and after looking at these pictures (never paid much attention to her before), righties can never, ever make fun of the appearance of liberal women again. I mean, what is that?

    • BLJ

      I am sure Obama is used to having his amazon beast of a wife wagging her finger in his face.

    • wsk

      I think the expression on the man-child messiah's face is probably due to him wetting himself.

    • FriendofGaryCooper

      After Obama said sooo many times, in 2008, that he was going to be the President that would "unite us all;" three years later, you are reduced to taking cheap shots at Gov. Brewer's appearance. As Frank Sinatra would say, "My.,….My."

      • trickyblain

        Well, I read posts here all the time — even some articles — that are highly critical of the appearance of liberal women. A cheap shot? I guess. But one that is much deserved on these boards. Of course you are going to chastise the folks below who are taking cheap shots at Michelle Obama's appearance, right? Or Hilary? Do you respond to posts that are critical of her appearance?

        Of course not. But why?

        And that was Bush who called himself the "Uniter." Maybe Obama did too. But they are both politicians, so Lord help the person who believes it.

    • michiganruth

      you must be a magician. the way you re-created the entire conversation from a split-second in time captured by one photograph, not to mention your telepathic connection with Obama, to the point that you can actually read his thoughts, is truly amazing.

      what is a "hysterioco"? did you make that word up in a creative writing exercise at school today?

  • kafir

    I love Gov.Brewer!! We had plans to vacation in NYC around Christmas, at the height of the OWS scene. I called mayor Bloomies office to find out when the pooping on cop cars would be ending so I could bring my family to NY. The lady at the other end thought my question funny, and didn't know when it would end, as the Mayor was firmly in support of OWS (and cop car poop). She quit laughing when I explained my next calls would be to the hotel, airline, and other reservations we'd made as we'd decided to change our vacation. The hotel was even less thrilled when I explained why we needed to cancel.

    We had the most WONDERFUL time in Arizona! We flew into Phoenix, rented a car, and drove at first to Sedona, the home of John McCain. What a beautiful place!!! Thank you Gov. Brewer, Mayor Bloomie, and the OWS folk for assisting in making this one of the best vacations ever!!

    • trickyblain

      Sedona is a lovely place. But do you really credit Brewer for that?

      Yosemite is breathtaking! The distant view of Mt. Shasta from my office window on this clear day is awesome! Thanks Gov. Brown!

      ????

      • kafir

        No, I don't credit the Gov. for the beauty of Sedona. For that I give credit to the Lord. I give credit to Gov. Brewer for (assisting) in making Arizona a wonderful vacation spot. The complete lack of cop car poop was breathtaking! Something you'll never see in NY.

  • Brain

    what about that dyke who is married to that good ole boy billy

  • Supreme_Galooty

    That this bozo (apologies to the real Bozo) is an un-American, as diabolical as any quisling who ever disgraced his native(?) country cannot be reasonably disputed. The real tragedy is the vast sea of imbeciles who voted for him.

  • Robert Pinkerton

    To those who want C O M P R E H E N S I V E immigration reform, an alternative platform (suitably comprehensive?):
    A. A literal, physical border fence at least ten meters high, festooned with sensors, and patrolled in force.
    B. Mandatory e-Verify countrywide, for all employment.
    C. Make the employment of illegal aliens nothing less than a felony imputable to the person who made the employment decision.
    D. When al unlawful alien is convicted of any crime requiring imprisonment, then directly said unlawful alien completes the sentence, he is forthwith repatriated, and declared a prohibited entrant.

    I surmise other commenters of like mind have suggestions for consistent and harmonious addition to the agenda begun above. However —

    If an illegal entrant enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States, and gives a full term of honorable service, let the illegality of his initial entry be nothing less than forgiven, conditional upon full disclosure by him, and let him be naturalized; he paid in advance by risking the spilling of his own blood, or he has spilled his own blood, in defense of this country.

    • frank

      We do not need COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. We need to ENFORCE the immigration laws in the books.

  • Ghostwriter

    I've been hearing quite a lot about this. I also read local columnist E.J. Montini's take on the incident. He called her names like "Governor Conniption,""Ms. Temper Tantrum,"and other such names. He sided with President Obama. I don't know the online version of this article,but I read it in the "Arizona Republic" today.

  • Asher

    See Jan Brewer's entire letter at TheBlaze.com She is entirely respectful inspite of the way the DOJ and Obama have treated her and tried to interfere with enforcing the Border Laws. This is the kind of leader we hope for when we vote…One who serves the people who elected her…Very Courageous Lady!

  • michiganruth

    actually it IS because of Obama that fewer illegals are coming into the country. his economic policies have made the job situation so bad that even illegals can't find work! so they're staying home.

    thanks, Barry.

  • BS77

    Please support Valid ID Voter Laws. I need to show my Photo ID to rent a rug shampoo machine. I must show a valid ID for major purchases, to board a plane, to rent a car, to buy alcohol, to make a bank withdrawal……How is showing a valid Photo ID for voting "discriminatory"????

  • Dispozadaburka

    Too bad Obama didn't invite her and her family to dinner at the White House.

    He could stand up and leave mid-way through the meal
    and go have dinner in the kitchen
    with Michelle and his kids

    Just like he did to Benjamin Netanyahu's family.

    • kafir

      So being snubbed by Stinky (aka BO) is really an excellent thing to happen.

  • davarino

    Its unfortunate that the whole republican establishment is not as forcefull as Jan Brewer. Our own governor who ran for president has not had the cajones of this woman. Maybe if he had shown himself to be a man he might still be in the race, but then again, he has more problems than that.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama can dish it out but can't take it or maybe better can't stand it, no let me
    rephrase, Obama takes all he can get and stands for nothing but due to his
    personality disorder is arrogantly impervious to his own spiteful mediocrity.
    William

  • NotaBene

    If you think insulting someone and making nonsensical accusations shows 'courage' then no wonder the GOP is full of cowards.

  • Asher

    Jan Brewer works for the people of her state, not this Lawless Government. She stood up to the President, and we need to give her credit for her leadership and upholding the laws in Arizona. Little Barry doesn't like anyone who doesn't appreciate his radical policies.