president obama & diane sawyer*Always seeking to take the high road, President Obama downplayed his supposed tense encounter with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer who was photographed pointing her finger in his face, saying the incident is “a classic example of things getting blown out of proportion.”

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Speaking with ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer in an interview to air Thursday evening, the president mocked the media’s obsession with the story.

“I’m usually accused of not being intense enough, right? Too relaxed?” he said, according to the network’s account.

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He seemed to blame Brewer for feeding the frenzy, saying that it is “always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with me.”

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