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Brewer Calls Obama 'Condescending' in Book

She criticizes president and other foes of Arizona's immigration law
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2011 11:29 AM CDT
Jan Brewer New Book: She Criticizes President Obama as 'Condescending' in Immigration Debate
President Obama is greeted by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer upon arriving at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson in January.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – After Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer met with President Obama in the heat of last year's fight over the state's immigration law, she told reporters it was "cordial." She has a much different take in a book coming out next month, according to the Arizona Republic and AP:

  • The meeting: "We sat down and started with some chitchat," she writes. "But after a few minutes, the president's tone got serious—and condescending." She also complains that Obama "lectured" her on SB 1070 that day and faults him for publicly mocking the law later.

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  • Rationale for the law: "In the end, the story of SB 1070 is the story of an arrogant, out-of-control federal government. We passed a law to protect ourselves because the federal government wouldn't. And what did we get for our effort? We were demonized and called racists. We were sued and treated like subjects instead of citizens."
  • Issue is here to stay: "Fueled by drugs and lawlessness, and abetted by federal indifference—or worse—Arizona's crisis is coming to the rest of America. In fact, it's already here."
The book, Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border, is out Nov. 1. (Read more Jan Brewer stories.)

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