Obama has tense exchange with Arizona governor

By REUTERS
January 26, 2012 04:27

 
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MESA, Arizona - A day after his confrontational election-year State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama had a tense exchange with Arizona's Republican governor on Wednesday as she greeted Air Force One in Phoenix.

During their brief encounter on the tarmac, intended to be a ceremonial welcome, Obama told Governor Jan Brewer that he disagreed with an account she had given of a meeting they had at the White House two years ago.

"He was a little disturbed about my book, 'Scorpions for Breakfast,'" Brewer told reporters after the conversation. At one point during their chat, she pointed a finger at the president.

Brewer, who has differed with Obama over immigration policy in the past, handed him a letter asking him for a meeting to talk about Arizona's economy when she greeted him. A White House official said the subject of the book came up after Brewer gave Obama the letter.

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