One state in which President Obama landed was Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer met him on the tarmac when Air Force One landed, as is customary, and this is where the story gets a bit fuzzy. According to Brewer, Obama confronted her on her characterization of their White House meeting over illegal immigration and border safety in her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast".
According to the news reports, President Obama - known to be a thin-skinned politician with an inflated ego - was disturbed that Governor Brewer wrote of his lecturing her on the subject of border security. She felt he was condescending of her opinions.
On the tarmac, it is reported that President Obama chose to confront her on the words in her book instead of traditional tarmac pleasantries. She claims she was there to welcome him to Arizona and to invite him to tour the border with her, since he has never been there to see with his own eyes the situation for which he claims to have the answer. Actually, the closest he has been to the border of any southern state was in El Paso and that was only one visit without a trip to the border, as he held a campaign rally for the photo op.
Turns out, in a regular Friday afternoon document dump, there was a copy of the handwritten letter that Brewer presented to Obama. Doesn't look ugly to me. You be the judge.
“You’ve arrived in a state at the forefront of America’s recovery — and her future. We both love this great country, but we fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again. I’d love an opportunity to share with you how we’ve been able to turn Arizona around with hard choices that turned out to be the right ones. And, of course, my offer to visit the border — and buy lunch — still stands.”
The governor offered a visit to the border, a conversation and lunch, too. What more could she have done?
The up side to this story is that the sales of Governor Brewer's book were lagging until this story broke. It went to the top of the Amazon list on sales figures overnight.
For the record, Governor Bobby Jindal told a very similar story in his book of a visit by President Obama after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. He demanded that Jindal not bad-mouth him or his administration, as well as chastised him for a run of the mill letter sent to the Agriculture secretary.