When Bam Met Jan
3:45 PM, Jun 3, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Imagining this conversation is much more fun if you imagine Jan Brewer as the real-life embodiment of Chris Buckley's "Supreme Courtship" heroine, Pepper Cartwright. A fiesty, Texan TV judge who is out of her element but never out of her depth in Washington, D.C., Pepper's the kind of woman who would say something, well, exactly like this:
Brewer met with the president today for at least 30 minutes, perhaps 45, according to Major Garrett, before she addressed the media in a short press conference.
Brewer reported that Obama's criticism's of the bill, including that it was "misguided," were "kind of brushed over." She called the meeting "very cordial." When asked if the she thought the president understood all the provisions of the bill, she said:
A follow-up question asked whether she thought he had read the bill. She simply smiled.
The two discussed border security, and she tried to get a commitment from Obama to begin construction on a border fence within a month. She did not get that, but she got a commitment that he would send staffers to talk to her and perhaps visit the border within a month.
Brewer sounded competent, polite, and notably un-crazy, which will surely frustrate her critics, and stood by her state's actions saying, ""I think we're protecting the people of AZ and more importantly, I think we're protecting the people of America."