Romney criticizes President Obama for failing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister during UN Summit
POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 4:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Obama headed to New York Monday with critics assailing his priorities.
He'll address the United Nations, but make another campaign appearance on "The View" as well, instead of meeting one-on-one with world leaders.
No meeting is scheduled with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who's angered Democrats by publicly demanding a tougher Obama stance on Iran.
On "60 minutes" the president seemed to dismiss Netnayahu as "noise".
"Any pressure that I feel is simply to do what's right for the American people, and I am going to block out-- any noise that's out there," Mr. Obama said.
What the president meant was "his objective is to take every step possible to enhance Israel's security," according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Mr. Obama also downplayed anti-American rioting.
"I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road," he said.
Mitt Romney, campaigning in Colorado, quickly pounced on the comment.
"These are not bumps in the road, these are human lives, these are developments we do not want to see, this is time for a president who will shape events in the Middle East," Romney told supporters.
Romney is trailing in Colorado and in Ohio, a must win state for him, where he'll focus most of his effort in the coming week.