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January 26, 2012

Brewer-Obama: Letter Rip

In an interview with KFYI radio in Phoenix, Brewer said Obama was “somewhat thin-skinned and a little tense, to say the least.”

from: President Obama, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Share Tense Tarmac Moment (ABC)

1. Commenting on the nature of Obama’s skin, huh?

“Coincidentally,” Newt repeated the same phrase in responding to the story.

2. This shot above got the overwhelming share of attention because it best captures the situation — a reactionary governor, overflowing with the same lack of respect for the President as the radical far-right she’s aligned with, hitting him with a handwritten letter insisting on a follow-up meeting after she trashed him in a recent book for allegedly not being personable enough when she met him at the White House. From the pool account, Obama responded to the letter with some unbridled thoughts about the book. Now, Newt can characterize it as Obama “lecturing her” again, but you could just as well call it an ambush. (Note Obama with the letter in his hand.)

3. Given that most voters realize how overly cerebral and meditated he is, Obama must realize it’s actually reassuring for people to see him get “a little passionate,” especially when the opposition rams his civility and compromise down his throat.

4. Maybe the best commentary on the Obama – Brewer interaction, however, can be seen in this photo PhillyBurbs included in its tarmac story. Consider it an analogy about relative maturity.

(photos: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP caption 1: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer clashes with President Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Wednesday.)

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