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The president is not well-liked in sections of Arizona. But when two politicians can't put aside a petty disagreement and get along socially ... it's sad.
Lots of people are talking about an intense exchange between President Barack Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on the tarmac in Arizona on Wednesday. A photo shows Brewer pointing her finger at Obama. The governor said the president brought up an unflattering description of him in her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast." Our readers (some claiming to be Arizonans) debated what went wrong in this exchange and advocated political civility.
"2012 is going to be a nasty year in politics," predicted commenter Monroe.
We saw some posts from people who were outraged by Brewer's actions.
Jon V: "Jan Brewer is a sad representation of Arizona. I am extremely disappointed she is our governor. What an embarrassment to have the governor of your state appearing to scold the president of the United States like he is one of her children. You can have disagreements with someone without ambushing him at the airport for a photo aimed at firing up her extreme Tea Party base. Pathetic."
But others said the finger-pointing scene is being misinterpreted and Obama should not have confronted Brewer about her book.
Dave: "It is a snapshot of a woman who talks with her hands. Besides, (Obama) was the one out of line. It was the wrong place and wrong time to bring it up. What he needed to be doing was taking notes on how to fix an economy because Arizona is on the upswing at a much greater pace than the U.S., like most states being run by fiscal conservatives."
Some had little sympathy for Brewer.
Anonymous: "I love how Brewer accuses the president of being thin-skinned, yet she's the one running to the press like a hurt kid crying for mommy. My guess is that the president half-jokingly, half-seriously said something like, 'So, will you be using this meeting as the start for your next piece of fiction?' and then she played the 'Oooh, feel sorry for me; I'm such a victim of the mean old president' card."
But could Obama have benefited from some thicker skin?
Joe: "Any president in the past would have had enough polish and confidence to dialogue with a governor, even if that governor was not supportive of his policies. I fear Obama has become so arrogant that he cannot enter into discussions with anyone who challenges him. This inability, among countless others, shows serious flaws for this guy. And such difficulty does not bode well for him in the upcoming debates. I think 'thin-skinned' is a good description for Obama. In a debate, Newt Gingrich would reduce him to a quivering mass of rage."
Some people said Brewer was engaging in bad politics.
liyahofarizona: "Can she not see how cheap and two-faced she is. If her last meeting was really as bad as she says why would pretend to smile and invite him to something that has nothing to do with his visit. I am a Republican, but honestly I feel like the President should always be respected and this woman really should behave better. I dont see why politicians would write tell-all books about others when they need to maintain cordial relatioships whilst still in office. Its like writing a book about a valued client whilst you are still working for the company that provides a service to the client. You just don't do that."
But Obama could have been the bigger man, this reader argued.
Leigh2VA: "He looks weak taking issue with that Governor over something she's written in a book which criticizes him. And turning on his heel and walking away while she's in mid sentence, after he preaches getting along to the rest of us in his State of the Union Address? I guess actions do speak louder than words."
This commenter said they hope this incident isn't a bad omen for Republican candidates.
Reagan Republican: "He we go again, a repeat of the bad behavior by the members of my party to score points with some of the most hardcore mean spirited constituents. Did we not learn anything from 2008? This is partly why he got elected in the first place. Brewer as an elected official should know better, but no!! she watnted to make a name for herself. and a photo op, say people can say, Boy she took it to him. Our President, like him or not, ever the consummate professional leader stayed calm, cool and collected. I am hoping that Mitt and Newt do not try and run with this, but instead stay away from it. This nonsense and disrespect of this man and his family did not work the first time around and it's not going to work this time. We saw what happened when McCain waited to late to put a stop to the nonsense. Focus on the issue and develope a plan, that is the only way we are going to win, if not we will have to wait till 2016."
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