GLENDALE, AZ - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she meant no disrespect when she pointed a finger at President Barack Obama while talking on an airport tarmac.
But she says it was disrespectful toward her when he abruptly walked off Wednesday to shake spectators' hands.
On the tarmac Wednesday, Brewer handed Obama an envelope with a handwritten invitation to return to Arizona to meet her for lunch and to join her for a visit to the border.
The two appeared to have an intense discussion at the East Valley airport. Brewer was among dignitaries greeting Obama.
Brewer recently published a book, "Scorpions for Breakfast," something of a memoir of her years growing up and defends her signing of Arizona's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants, which Obama opposes.
Obama was objecting to Brewer's description of a meeting he and Brewer had at the White House, where she described Obama as lecturing her.
Brewer's book jumped in sales overnight on Amazon.com by over 2 million percent.
Wednesday's incident was a highly visible demonstration of the verbal and legal skirmishing that has occurred between Brewer and Obama's administration over illegal immigration and other issues.
Brewer says she talks a lot with her hands and that she respects the office of the president. But she says the way Obama ended the conversation was disrespectful toward her.
The President spoke to ABC's Diane Sawyer about what happened.
"What I discovered is is that it is always good publicity for a Republican if they are in an argument with me, but this was really no big deal," he said.
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