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Obama Denies 'Tense' Encounter with AZ Gov: 'Good Publicity' for Her

“I’m usually accused of not being intense enough, right.” -- Also admits: I make "a mistake, you know, every hour, every day" --

In an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer Thursday night, President Obama denied having a "tense" exchange with AZ Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday.

(Related: Read the original story about the encounter)

(Related: See the handwritten letter Brewer handed the president)

ABC explains:

“I’m usually accused of not being intense enough, right,” he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, laughing. “Too relaxed.”


“I think it’s always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with me,” Obama said of their most recent meeting. “But this was really not a big deal. She wanted to give me a letter, asking for a meeting. And I said, ‘We’d be happy to meet.’

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