26 Jan 2012 03:37 PM EST
-by Jennifer Monteagudo, Staff Writer; Image: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer pointing her finger in President Obama’s face on Wednesday, when the two met on a tarmac (Image Source: reddogreport.com)
Things seemingly got heated between Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and President Obama on Wednesday when the two briefly met on a tarmac outside of Phoenix. At one point, Brewer even stuck her finger in the President’s face.
Although reporters and photographers there could not hear what the two spoke about, Brewer told CBS News, “He was a little disturbed about my book.”
The book she’s referring to is Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border. In it, she defends the immigration law she singed in 2010, and which Obama came out against.
The controversial SB 1070 is the nation’s strictest immigration law on the books, giving police a hand in immigration matters. The most decried portion of the law, from the New York Times: “requires police officers, ‘when practicable,’ to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country without authorization and to verify their status with federal officials...”
Critics argued this legalized racial profiling, allowing police to stop and ask for papers from anyone that “looked” like they were in the country illegally; in other words, anyone who looked Hispanic. The law also made it a state crime for immigrants to not carry papers, legitimizing their presence on American soil, on them at all times.
While Brewer was under heavy fire at the time for signing SB 1070 into law, she’s back under the microscope for more negative reasons. She told reporters on Wednesday “I have always respected the office of the President,” but many are calling her finger pointing disrespectful, comparing it to Republican South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst during Obama’s 2009 speech to Congress.
The LA Times is reporting that Brewer later attended a radio interview, where she called the President “thin skinned” and “tense,” adding she didn’t remember pointing her finger at him.
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