President Obama says the angry scenes on televised town halls represents a "coarsening of our political dialogue."

In an interview to be aired tonight on 60 minutes, Obama indicated that he didn't think the opposition expressed to his agenda represented the national mood, just the best television.

"In the era of 24-hour cable news cycles, the loudest shrillest voices get the attention," Obama said, in the interview which was previewed on "Face the Nation." "What I'm trying to figure out is how can we make sure that civility is interesting."