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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer calls Obama ‘thin-skinned’ after airport argument

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is calling President Obama “a little thin-skinned” after their heated exchange at the airport in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Making the media rounds after tangling with Obama over her criticisms of him in her recent book on immigration, Brewer described the president as wound-up from the moment she greeted him on the tarmac.

“He brought up my book and he was a little tense,” Brewer said in an interview with KFYI radio. “He said he read the excerpt and didn’t think I was very cordial. I said we’d have to agree to disagree. He was a little thin-skinned and tense, to say the least.”

In an excerpt of her book “Scorpions for Breakfast” available on Amazon, Brewer defends Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 immigration law that she signed into law in 2010, but whose toughest provisions were overturned by a federal judge.

Brewer writes that Obama “has repeatedly made fun of those of us who want to see the law enforced, saying we want a ‘moat’ with ‘alligators’ in it around our country. The reason he has resorted to these failed attempts at humor, I think, is that he supports a policy that is fundamentally undemocratic, and he knows it.”

In her radio interview, Brewer described herself as calm during the conversation with the president, and expressed surprise at the photograph of her wagging a finger in Obama’s face, which has gone viral since the encounter.

“The picture is very interesting. I don’t remember doing that,” she told the radio station.

Listen to the whole interview:

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Obama’s rival in the 2008 campaign, chimed in with his opinion that the incident with Brewer is an example of the president’s “prickly personality.” McCain made his remarks on Fox Business Network’s “Imus in the Morning” show.

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David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.


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