Gov. Brewer on finger-pointing photo: I meant no disrespect

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by Marie Saavedra and Fields Moseley

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azfamily.com

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:18 AM

PHOENIX -- It's being called the "intense exchange"' between President Barack Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer that took place right after the president landed in the Valley Wednesday.

Brewer said when the president got off of Air Force One, she hoped to talk to him about jobs and border security, but she says he changed the subject to her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast." She said the president told her he didn't like how she portrayed him in her book, and that it was inaccurate. They met at the White House in June 2010, and she wrote that he was patronizing and lectured her about immigration. She said the turn of conversation to her book was unexpected and she meant no disrespect.

Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama

AP Photo

"I hope that people will take it in the context that I was talking and I talk with my hands," Brewer said. "I was trying to explain to him, of course, why I believe that I wrote the book the way that I did because it was factual and it was truthful.

"I believe that the book is a very straightforward, honest recollection of exactly what took place at the White house," she said, calling the president "thin skinned."

The White House responded by saying that the governor did inaccurately describe her last meeting with the president, but that he would be glad to have another meeting with her and talk about helping Arizona's economy grow.

Brewer says that while she has the utmost respect for the office of the president and "would never be disrespectful in that manner," she and Obama will have to agree to disagree on what happened during their meeting in the Oval Office.

Brewer went on to say that she would have preferred it if the brief conversation had been focused on jobs in Arizona.

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