A controversy between Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and President Obama stemming from her confrontation of the president on an airport tarmac stretched into another day, after Brewer released on Friday a copy of the letter she handed to the president in Phoenix.
"We were at the bottom of the list in job creation. Today, we have a balanced budget and were in the top 10 for job creation. I'm proud of that hard-won recovery -- the result of many tough decisions, courage and perserverance," Brewer wrote. "My hope is that while you are here, you will have a chance to see our tremendous results first hand."
The confrontation on Wednesday got wide media coverage, especially for the Arizona governor's wag of her finger at the president, captured in a photo. Brewer said after the encounter that Obama seemed tense and "thin-skinned," which she attributed to criticism of his record in her book.
Obama dismissed the encounter as being "blown out of proportion" in an interview Thursday with ABC News.
"I think it’s always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with me,” he said. “But this was really not a big deal."