The President of the United States is the highest ranking official in this country. Through her actions, Governor Janice K. Brewer, a public servant and role model for millions, set a poor example of addressing authority and showing basic respect to President Barack Obama. We must let her know that political disagreements and new books are no excuse for lacking self control. By pointing her finger in his face, she exercised no restraint or humility in her exchange with President Obama. She has to be held accountable for her unpatriotic actions and admit that this is not the example that she wants to set for resolving conflict with others especially those who hold authority. You can read the letter, sign this petition and call the Governors Office 602) 542-4331.
Publicly Apologize to President Barack H. Obama
The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Dear Honorable Janice K. Brewer,
It is unfortunate that I write to you under these circumstances; however your unprofessional and reprehensible actions against the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, prompted this correspondence. Regardless of your motivation or whatever incident may have caused you to act rather emotionally and disregard restraint, your actions were unjustified, unpatriotic and insolent.
As an elected official and political leader, I would expect that you set forth the example that you would want all of the citizens of Arizona and the nation to use when greeting the Commander In Chief. Many people may disagree with those in authority, however there is a certain amount of respect, tact and decorum expected of public servants when interacting with those who have been placed in leadership.
The vivid illustration of your finger pointed close to the face of our highest-ranking official in the country displays your lack of respect for the Office of the President and your lack of humility as an individual.
Being a self-proclaimed Christian, I would also think your actions would be guided to reflect the core principals of the faith. The Holy Bible (NIV) directs us in Romans 13 (1,5): v1. Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. v5. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
As a Governor and leader, I know that you fully understand the impact and influence of your office and the need to demonstrate the type of character and integrity that truly represents American citizens. There is never any situation where it would be justifiable for a person to point their finger in the face of another person because of differences.
As a mother and public figure, I would hope that you would not uphold similar actions of a student or employee disrespecting those who have authority over them. It would be inexcusable and in many cases, it would be considered a threat. If a student disrespected their teacher or an employee disrespected their supervisor in this manner it is unlikely that they would receive a pat on the back or relish in the attention. Actually, the student and the employee would probably be suspended, expelled or terminated. Based on your public response and explanation to the incident; either your actions were pre-meditated and political motivated or you simply lack sound judgment and humility.
As a woman and minority leader, it is unconscionable for me to believe you have not dealt with people who disrespected your leadership and decisions based on your gender alone. I am more than confident that you have had political disagreements with other elected officials; yet I am sure that you demonstrated enough self-restraint to not disrespect the other person. Therefore, in additional to divisive political motivations I also suspect that your actions were racially motivated given your refusal to admit any wrong-doing in this particular circumstance. I doubt you would have displayed such disregard for any other sitting President or high ranking elected official.
As a public servant, I would hope that your actions were not precipitated by your need to gain publicity for the release of your new book. Certainly, I would expect a public servant of the people not to stoop so low as to place your own self-interests over your responsibility and oath as an elected to uphold the laws and customs of this country.
Governor Brewer your actions set a bad precedent of what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior in dealing with authority, particularly the Commander-In-Chief. I pray that God softens your heart so that you may recognize the negative and mean-spirited impact of your actions. This situation is not the message that we want to send to our children and future leaders of America.
Because of the magnitude of your actions, I demand an immediate apology to the President of the United States, Barack H. Obama and the citizens of the United States of America. A picture is worth one thousand words and your image of disrespecting President Obama has spoken volumes to the American people. I again strongly implore you to do the honorable thing and correct your unpatriotic behavior through the offering of a public apology. America is watching.