I remember well when Arizona Governor Jan Brewer met with Barack Obama at the White House in 2010, soon after threatening to sue the state for their new immigration law, which he soon did (with Mexico joining the suit – not NEW Mexico, Mexico), ending any polite, public optimism she displayed after leaving the White House grounds. Any reason for optimism was nothing more than respect for the office and Obama’s promise to contact her in two weeks, which he never did. Surely Brewer was offended that the President of the United States would make such a promise to a Governor of a great state, regarding a very serious matter. He didn’t keep his promise, he’s still thin-skinned and the absurdity of the Government position is clearly seen in the video below.
The governor handed the President a letter and said she was inviting him to meet with her. 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.
I don’t know what that inaccuracy was from his point of view, but I do remember many reporters asking Brewer for weeks if she had yet heard back from the President, as he promised, and the answer was always ‘no.’
Brewer’s book Scorpions for Breakfast, My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border.
He stepped off Air Force One at 3:28 pm and was greeted by Gov. Jan Brewer. She handed him a handwritten letter in an envelope and they spoke intensely for a few minutes. At one point, she pointed her finger at him.
“He was a little disturbed about my book, Scorpions for Breakfast. I said to him that I have all the respect in the world for the office of the president. The book is what the book is. I asked him if he read the book. He said he read the excerpt. So.”
Asked what aspect of the book disturbed him, Brewer said: “That he didn’t feel that I had treated him cordially. I said I was sorry he felt that way but I didn’t get my sentence finished. Anyway, we’re glad he’s here. I’ll regroup.” Thanks to White House Dossier.
Brewer complains in “Scorpions for Breakfast” that she and her staff were treated coldly by White House aides, prevented from taking pictures in the holding room outside the Oval Office and that their cell phones and cameras were “confiscated” by Secret Service.
“Too bad we weren’t illegal aliens, or we could have sued them,” she writes.
During her meeting with the president, Brewer said Obama was “condescending” and professorial, “lecturing” on his efforts to promote comprehensive immigration reform.
“It wasn’t long before I realized I was hearing the president’s stump speech,” she said. “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.”
“He was patronizing,” she said. “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.”
Two months after the White House meeting, Obama, in an interview about states and their variations of immigrations laws, indicated some were trying to make a name for themselves. Chances are at least 50 percent that he was taking about an Arizonan, Jan Brewer, and/or Sheriffs Joe Arpaio or Paul Babeu or all three.
“What we can’t do is demogogue the issue. And what we can’t do is allow a patchwork of 50 different states or cities or localities, where anyone who wants to make a name for themselves suddenly say I’m gonna be anti-immigrant and I’m gonna see if we can solve the problem ourselves.”
Obama and his Department of Interior placed signs on Arizona land warning that the area is not safe for visitors – enraging many in the state. See those signs here. Yet the acknowledgement of that fact led to the Federal Government suing the State of Arizona, and Arizona countersuing.
The countersuit is for and is bound for the U.S. Supreme Court:
1) failure to secure Arizona’s borders,
2) failure to enforce immigration laws,
3) failure to reimburse for incarceration,
4) failure to protect the public safety and welfare of Arizonans,
5) failure to uphold the 10th Amendment, and
6) prempting the people of Arizona from protecting themselves.
Still, Brewer didn’t hear from Obama. See her video response below. Hilarious and sobering at the same time.
In 2009, one million illegal aliens flooded over Arizona’s border. That’s just one year. Ranchers have been murdered, they’ve been arrested and sued for detaining aliens on their land until law enforcement arrives. Their livestock is routinely stolen, drug paraphernalia litters border property, children cannot play, woman have to take extreme measures when they must leave their homes, and our Government support the aliens. Don’t miss the short video.
Reading Arizona’s Immigration Law (video)