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They'll meet again: Brewer to welcome Obama at airport Tuesday ahead of Ahwatukee speech

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Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013 6:12 am | Updated: 12:14 am, Tue Aug 6, 2013.

The last time Jan Brewer greeted Barack Obama at the airport, it didn't exactly go so well.

So they're going to try again on Tuesday.

The governor is set to welcome the president to Arizona when he comes here Tuesday to speak on housing at Ahwatukee's Desert Vista High School. Gubernatorial press aide Andrew Wilder said his boss offered the greeting as a matter of protocol.

The last time they were on a tarmac together at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport became an event of its own.

Brewer handed him a hand written note, asking for a meeting. He responded -- so the governor said -- by complaining about how he was portrayed in her book, "Scorpions for Breakfast,'' about their earlier meeting at the White House.

The two of them ended up nearly toe-to-toe, with a gubernatorial finger was pointed at the nation's chief executive, captured in a photo that went viral, and the president eventually walking off.

Gubernatorial press aide Andrew Wilder said he expects this time to be different.

"It is going to be a cordial meet and greeting of the president on the tarmac,'' he said. "We're looking forward to it.''

Unlike last time, when the governor wanted to chat about illegal immigration, Brewer is using her face time with the president for a more localized issue.

"Probably first and foremost is going to be the subject of the emergency declaration for the Yarnell (Hill) Fire,'' Wilder said, a declaration Brewer sought last month.

"We're getting close to 30 days,'' he said. "And we're understandably anxious to have the president's decision on that.''

And Wilder said his boss is not looking for a fight.

"She will be extending her hand in welcoming him to the state of Arizona,'' he said.

That last squabble didn't exactly hurt Brewer, either politically or financially.

Prior to last year's tiff on the tarmac, sales of her book were tepid., where the governor has been marketing her political book on border security, federalism and the "liberal media,'' reported that sales ranked it No. 343,222 of all the titles on its list.

The morning after the incident, it had skyrocketed to No. 56. And by the end of the day it had made it all the way to No. 10 on the bestseller list.

No other book on Amazon's list increased its sales by so much in the last 24 hours.

The governor herself did nothing to quell the publicity. In fact, she fanned the flames a bit, saying the following day that the president is "a little thin-skinned and a little over-sensitive.''

And she laughed off a question of whether she engineered the whole incident to bolster book sales.

"We could have never been this successful at it,'' she said. Anyway, the governor said, it was the president who brought up the subject of the book, not her.

The book remains on sale. And some of the sales are made to Brewer's own political action committee which gives signed copies to those who donate at least $100.

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