Confrontation on the tarmac: the AP photo that made news

Jan. 30, 2012
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. Asked moments later what the conversation was about, Brewer, a Republican, said: "He was a little disturbed about my book." 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. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
The photo of President Barack Obama and finger-pointing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has received plenty of media attention for The Associated Press and our photographer, Haraz N. Ghanbari. As msnbc.com's PhotoBlog recounted:"While all the other photographers took off for 'the ropes' -- an area assigned to the guests and onlookers on the tarmac -- Ghanbari stayed around sensing something might unravel."

J. David Ake, AP assistant chief of bureau for photos in Washington, notes at whosay.com that Ghanbari followed “the first rule of covering the president, 'Never take your lens off of the man when he is in public.'”


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