The Blaze.com has obtained a photocopy of the handwritten letter that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer presented to the president as he exited Air Force One on Thursday. The text is as follows:
Dear Mr. President,
Welcome to Arizona!
You‘ve arrived in a state at the forefront of America’s recovery—and her future. We were at the brink. We were at the bottom of the list in job creation. Today, we have a balanced budget and we’re in the top 10 for job creation.
I’m proud of that hard-won recovery—the result of many tough decisions, courage and perseverance.
My hope is while you are here you will have a chance to see our tremendous results first hand.
We both love the great country, but we fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again. 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.
And, of course, my offer to visit the border—and buy lunch—still stands!
The Blaze’s Mike Opelka in a separate article reports that the Arizona Democratic party is attempting to raise donations based on a deliberately false reading of the confrontation. Opelka quotes an email being circulated by the party, reading:
Instead of welcoming the President at the airport with dignity and decency, she presented him with a demand letter that he accompany her in a visit to the border. And wagging her finger in the President’s face, she lectured him on how she had saved Arizona.
The first part of the statement is disproved by the letter, the second part by the president’s own account of the brief dustup. As he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, “This was really not a big deal. She wanted to give me a letter, asking for a meeting. And I said, ‘We’d be happy to meet.’”
Brewer’s own interpretation of the meeting, as reported by the Washington Post is the president “didn’t feel that I had treated him cordially [in the 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.” She also told reporters she thought Obama was “thin-skinned.”
Accusing Obama of having thin skin? What could the governor have been thinking!
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