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Brewer: No disrespect meant toward Obama

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points at President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she meant no disrespect when she pointed a finger at President Barack Obama while talking on an airport tarmac.

But she says it was disrespectful toward her when he abruptly walked off Wednesday to shake spectators’ hands.

Brewer and Obama had an intense discussion at the airport in Mesa, Arizona. Brewer was among dignitaries greeting Obama.

The incident was a highly visible demonstration of the verbal and legal skirmishing that has occurred between Brewer and Obama’s administration over illegal immigration and other issues.

Brewer says she talks a lot with her hands and that she respects the office of the president. But she says the way Obama ended the conversation was disrespectful toward her.

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2 comments

  1. Let’s be honest, Jan Brewer has a history of rude and disrespectful behavior, and at times has even become vengeful. Bringing a letter, and pointing your finger are all indicative of rude behavior. Bad behavior cannot be justified on the grounds the president is not listening. Clearly it is not about listening, it is about Jan Brewer not getting her own way and taking a hissy fit. She needs to act with the decorum that should come from being a governor. If she was a young child i would send her to the naughty chair until she learns better self control and how to deal with the disappointment with not getting her own way. The latter can apply to many of those radicals from the tea party and the extreme left regardless.

  2. This woman is a disrespectful hag with absolutely no class. She staged this in front of the cameras and she knew it would get coverage. Then she immediately gets in front of those cameras running her mouth. What a nut job. Did you sell lots of books Jan since that was your plan. You also made sure you played the game for your base of crazies. Shame on you.

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