In the last 24 hours, President Obama has had encounters with two women from Arizona. One, Gabrielle Giffords, Congresswoman at the State of the Union Address. The other, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer when he landed in Phoenix this afternoon.
Giffords who missed last year’s speech after being shot in the head has made an amazing recovery. Here is how the New York Times described last night
There is no protocol to announce a member of the House as she enters the House chamber on the night of the State of the Union address, so Representative Gabrielle Giffords slid in quietly, flanked by two other Arizonans, Representative Jeff Flake, a Republican, and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva, a Democrat, who led her gingerly to her front-row seat on the Democratic side. Ms. Giffords clutched the hands of both lawmakers as applause
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also made a beeline for Ms. Giffords after she entered the chamber, as did Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who placed his hands on Ms. Giffords’s face and kissed her.
Her final visitor at her seat was President Obama, whom she clung to, eyes shut, swaying a little, before he kissed her cheek and made his way to the lectern.
Giffords announced her resignation today bringing many, including John Boehner to tears. Must one almost die to bring unity to Congress?
Then this happened today.
There is a lot of speculation as to what they were saying to each other, the President and the Governor. It is reported that the President was not happy about Brewer’s book, Scorpions for Breakfast. According to Politico.com, the President didn’t think she had accurately describe their meeting in the White House. Whatever. This picture makes her look angry and the President slightly bemused.
In 24 hours, the President has had two very different encounters with women from Arizona.