GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she meant no disrespect when she pointed a finger at President Barack Obama while talking on an airport tarmac.
But she says it was disrespectful toward her when he abruptly walked off Wednesday to shake spectators’ hands.
Brewer and Obama had an intense discussion at the airport in Mesa, Arizona. Brewer was among dignitaries greeting Obama.
The incident was a highly visible demonstration of the verbal and legal skirmishing that has occurred between Brewer and Obama’s administration over illegal immigration and other issues.
Brewer says she talks a lot with her hands and that she respects the office of the president. But she says the way Obama ended the conversation was disrespectful toward her.