Wow are they saying that AZ Governor Brewer is lying? Uh, in a word…yes!
Out of the three officials who met President Obama on an airport tarmac near Phoenix earlier this week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is now the only one who has characterized the president as anything other than cordial.
In numerous TV and radio interviews since the meeting, Brewer has said the president was “tense to say the least” and took issue with a book she wrote last year. She said Obama walked away from her while she was in mid-sentence and even told one Phoenix television station she felt “a little bit threatened” by the encounter.
But Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who was standing just feet away from the president and the governor on Wednesday during their now-infamous encounter, told TPM that Obama seemed calm the whole time.
“He wasn’t tense at all,” Stanton said on Friday. “The guy’s a pro.”
Though Stanton declined to discuss exactly what the governor and president said to each other, he said Obama’s classic coolness was evident.
“He doesn’t get animated, but he looks you in the eye and tells you what he thinks,” Stanton said. “And I think that’s honestly what he did is he looked the governor in the eye and spoke and told her what he was really feeling.”
Stanton, a Democrat, is now the second elected Arizona official whose account of the incident contradicts the way Brewer has described it.
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- Obama on beef with Brewer: ‘Blown out of proportion’ (thegrio.com)
- Obama Doesn’t Have Time for Jan Brewer’s Shit, But Don’t Tell Her That [Politics] (jezebel.com)
- Obama: Tarmac Spat No Big Deal (foxnews.com)
- McCain says Obama has ‘prickly personality’ (seattlepi.com)
- Obama: Brewer chat “not a big deal” (cbsnews.com)