PHOENIX (AP) — There wasn’t any finger pointing this time when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer met President Barack Obama on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Brewer and Obama shook hands Tuesday after the president stepped off Air Force One en route to make a speech about housing and the economy at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix.
Brewer famously wagged her index finger at Obama during a contentious runway meeting in January 2012.
There was no immediate word on whether Brewer pressed the president on her disaster declaration request for the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott. Nineteen firefighters died battling the blaze on June 30.
Approval would bring long-term federal recovery programs to Yavapai County to help survivors and businesses that didn’t have adequate insurance. It also would allow a federal team to do flood prevention work.
Obama also shook hands on the tarmac with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz.
Stanton hand-delivered a letter to the president from Tony Valdovinos, a Phoenix “Dreamer” who’s among the 300,000 young people now able to work in the U.S. as a result of the Obama administration’s “deferred action” initiative.
In the letter, Valdovinos thanked Obama for helping people live without fear and turning “Dreamers” into achievers.
Outside of Desert Vista High, protesters were spotted with signs reading: “Secure Our Borders,” ”No Amnesty” and “No A.C.A,” referring to proposed comprehensive immigration overhauls and the president’s health care program.
Inside the school gym, about 1,000 spectators including high school seniors packed the risers on one side and the floor in front of the stage for Obama’s speech.
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