Jan Brewer Releases Private Letter She Gave Obama

by
Ricky
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday evening released a copy of the hand-written letter she handed to President Obama in the confrontational meeting she had with him on an airport tarmac in Phoenix Wednesday.

President Obama talks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday evening released a copy of the hand-written letter she handed to President Obama in the confrontational meeting she had with him on an airport tarmac in Phoenix Wednesday.

The meeting raised eyebrows Wednesday when Brewer, who has had a contentious relationship with Mr. Obama for years, was seen pointing her finger at the president. President Obama said reports of the meeting were "blown out of proportion," adding that Brewer simply wanted to give him a letter.

In that letter, Brewer asks Mr. Obama for another meeting and boasts that her policies -- which stand in contrast to the president's policy prescriptions -- have helped turn around Arizona's economy.

"We both love this great country, but we fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again," Brewer wrote. "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."

Brewer pointed out that Arizona is now among the top 10 states for job creation, even though it was not long ago at the bottom.

"I'm proud of that hard-won recovery -- the result of many tough decisions, courage and perseverance," she wrote.

In an interview with CBS News Thursday, Brewer defended her behavior. She said that Mr. Obama told her he was unhappy with how she depicted a previous White House meeting in her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast."