The story is in black text, Don's comments are in red.
What a liberal rag this is and the premise will be picked up all across the country by others just like it.
Gov. Jan Brewer likes to cast herself in the tough-leader role - and sticking her finger in President Obama's face and jawing at him makes for a handy visual message to her political base. The editor starts the article by insinuating to the readers that Brewer's actions were premeditated and merely a show for her base, ignoring the fact that, by all accounts, Obama is the one that started the incident. What the rest of the state, along with the nation, sees is boorish behavior from Arizona's top official. How in hell does the writer know that the rest of the state and nation thinks it was boorish? I think a high percentage of the country were probably thrilled to see Brewer stand up to him. The bastard brought it on and the governor stood her ground. Perhaps the president was the boor?
The image, captured by a photographer as Brewer and Obama had what observers described as a tense discussion, gives the impression that the governor is lecturing the president - turnabout, perhaps, as she claims in her new book that Obama lectured her about immigration reform when they met in June 2010 in the Oval Office.
On Wednesday, Brewer handed Obama a handwritten letter, which she described as discussing immigration and inviting him to visit Arizona again and join her for a border tour. By all accounts, he told the governor her book mischaracterized their last meeting. Heated words were exchanged. Reporters nearby described the two leaders talking over each other, and then Obama walked away. Boohoo, how dare anyone discount the word according to Obama?
Brewer, as governor, represents all Arizonans and should act as an ambassador for our state. She was trying to be an ambassador until Obama flaked out from the get go. Obama was in Phoenix to visit a major economic accomplishment - a new Intel plant - and the tiff on the tarmac was graceless. Yeah, Obama is graceless. We know that. Arizona has already taken an economic hit because of publicity surrounding the passage of anti-Latino laws, such as SB 1070. Anti-Latino law? Here all along I was under the impression that 1070 was an anti-illegal immigration law. There is a difference. And let's not forget that Obama/Holder has sued the state over it. Does he expect a parade when he comes to Arizona?
After initially contending that the letter was not a public document because it was a personal handwritten note, Brewer's office released the letter late Thursday afternoon.
It is what one would expect from a governor to a president of another party - mentioning "hard choices" and balanced budgets, while neglecting to mention, however, the high cost Arizona's citizens have paid in recent years through draconian cuts to school funding, health-care coverage for kids of the working poor and more. This may or may not be true, but what does it have to do with the story? Nothing. Just another chance to bash the governor.
Brewer's digital gesticulation got attention, and that's what any politico trying to raise her profile wants - and sales of her memoir have jumped. Here they make the sneaky inference that Brewer did it for book sales/money. I can do that too, perhaps Obama got in her face as a way to court the Hispanic vote.
But Brewer's jab comes at the expense of Arizona's national reputation and image. I like the image of Arizona being sovereign and not willing to take a bunch of guff from Obama and the Feds.
Arizona Daily Star