Scorpions for Breakfast, My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border by Jan Brewer. The subtitle tells it all and there really is no need to read further. However, I did read the entire book and I think that the following is what Barack objected to.
“We sat down and started with some chitchat. but after a few minutes the president’s tone got serious–and condescending. He proceeded to lecture me about everything he was doing to promote ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ which was code for encouraging more illegal immigration by letting those already in the country illegally jump the line. He said they were doing everything they could, but the system was broken. He didn’t mention the violence on the border, the drug cartels, or the enormous costs being borne by the citizens of states like Arizona. He mentioned that the Department of Justice was reviewing SB 1070 and that he was leaving to them the decision whether to sue. ‘I will not put my finger on the scales of justice with regard to this review,’ he said. ‘I have completely delegated the decision to them.’ Joe and I exchanged a glance. We were skeptical, to say the least.
“It wasn’t long before I realized I was hearing the president’s stump speech. Only I was supposed to listen without talking. Did he care to hear the view from the actual scene at the border? Did the opinions and observations of the people of Arizona mean anything to him? I didn’t think so. His mind seemed made up. If he knew about the escalating levels of violence, the kidnappings, the drop houses, the home invasions, the spotters, and the drug mules, he didn’t give any indication. It was as though President Obama thought he would lecture me and I would learn at his knee. He was patronizing. He understood that we were ‘frustrated’ he said–heck, yes we were frustrated!–but he didn’t seem interested in knowing why. Then it dawned on me: He’s treating me like the cop he had over for a beer after he bad-mouthed the Cambridge police, I thought. He thinks he can humor me and then get rid of me.
“I listened to about ten minutes of this. Finally the president’s lecture ended and it was my turn. I hadn’t interrupted the president because I respect the office, and I was determined to show respect. But now I was ready to give him a piece of my mind.”
And then she did. Barack’s impression of the meeting was that it was cordial. Funny how two people witnessing the same event can come away with such differing impressions, but that is human nature. We each bring differing life experiences and expectations to life’s daily events. In her book, Jan Brewer brought a differing viewpoint to the meeting and encountered different experiences with the media and pickets after the meeting. Can there be a true meeting of minds between Brewer and Obama? I don’t know.
Please see Jan Brewer
- Why Can’t Barack Obama and Jan Brewer Just Get Along? [Jan Brewer] (gawker.com)
- Jan Brewer Brings A Earful Obama In Ariz (onlineupdaters.wordpress.com)
- Jan Brewer vs. Obama: An airport meeting turns into an epic… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Obama gets scolded by AZ. Gov. Jan Brewer (smacktalkradio.wordpress.com)
- Obama Has Heated Argument With Az Gov Jan Brewer (usamericanfreedom.com)