[Guest post by DRJ]
President Barack Obama and his lawyer met today with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her lawyer and like many discussions involving opposing clients and counsel, their meeting was “cordial”.
Of course, not all meetings are cordial. Sometimes opponents sound more like this classic Texas deposition, although I can’t help but wonder if today’s participants had similar feelings.
UPDATE: No wonder the meeting was cordial. Fox News reports there was limited discussion on the contested issues:
“During a brief news conference on the White House
driveway following her meeting with the president, Brewer described the meeting as “cordial,” but the potential lawsuit wasn’t discussed.
“That was kind of over, brushed over a little bit,” she said.
When asked if she thinks the president has read the law, Brewer only smiled.
In a written statement, the White House said Obama reiterated his concern over the law and how it could lead to a patchwork of different state immigration regulations that would interfere with the federal government’s response.
“The president urged Gov. Brewer to be his partner in working in a bipartisan manner on comprehensive immigration reform to implement the type of smart, sensible, and effective solutions the American people expect and deserve from their federal government,” the White House said.
Brewer said she assumes in two weeks, she’ll know how many National Guard troops will be headed to Arizona.
“People from the staff are coming out to Arizona to brief us on what their projections are going to be in regards to the 1,200 National Guard and the $500 million that he has indicated that he’s going to send down there. And we’re going to see how that’s going to get distributed. He assured us that the majority of resources will be coming to Arizona — yet to be figured out,” she said.
The governor said she is encouraged there will be “much better dialogue between the federal government and the state of Arizona” on border security and immigration reform.
“I hope that’s not wishful thinking but positive thinking,” she said.”