A copy of the handwritten letter Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer delivered to President Barack Obama on the tarmac at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was released Thursday afternoon.

The letter reads as follows:

Dear Mr. President,

Welcome to Arizona!

You've arrived in a state at the forefront of America's recovery -- and her future. We were at the brink. We were at the bottom of the list in job creation. Today, we have a balanced budget and we're in the top 10 for job creation.

I'm proud of that hard-won recovery -- the result of many tough decisions, courage and perseverance.

My hope is while you are here you will have a chance to see our tremendous results first hand.

We both love the great country, but we fundamentally disagree on how to best make America grow and prosper once again. I'd love an opportunity to share with you how we've been able to turn Arizona around with hard choices that turned out to be the right ones.

And, of course, my offer to visit the border -- and buy lunch -- still stands!

With respect,


PDF of letter provided by Capitol Media Services

(7) comments


Carolyn's know for that.....


Did the previous commenters just read the same letter I did?! The letter was professional, polite, and was proud of what Arizona has accomplished. I don't see anything you all have to complain about.


TYPICAL Jan - cackly old witch persona!!!


Jan’s antics sold some books - good for her.

Her letter says “Today, we have a balanced budget . . .” and “I’m proud of that hard-won recovery - - the result of many tough decisions,”

I wonder if she was talking about the fact that she SOLD State property, including the Capitol, to a real-estate franchise with a $25 million guaranteed return on the investment plus rent. She could have sold bonds to the public so that all of Arizona's residents of could have invested in our State.


There was no need for the letter or show of disrespect. Everybody knows the Governor's position since it's been incessantly used by the Governor politically since her re-election effort. It was disgraceful and unnecessary, all to make political points for her future plans and to prop the sales of her book. If she respected the Presidential office as she claims, she wouldn't have attempted to make this about her and would have afforded the sitting President the respect that such an office commands.


I just saw a news report on TV. There was a young lady that was allowed to speak to the President. She wanted him to give her amnesty. Imagine that! A CRIMINAL FOREIGN NATIONAL acting as if she has the right to be there! Talk about being ENTITLEMENT MINDED!


A reasonable letter. An UNREASONABLE President.....

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