President Obama is downplaying his supposed tense encounter with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, saying the incident is "a classic example of things getting blown out of proportion."
Speaking with ABC "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer in an interview to air Thursday evening, Obama 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.
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."
Brewer has done several interviews since she greeted Obama outside Phoenix Wednesday night. In one, she called the president "somewhat thin-skinned."