Updated: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012, 12:32 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012, 12:32 PM EDT
NEW YORK CITY (NBCNC) - President Obama aimed his United Nations speech at U.S. voters, to reassure them that he's handling the twin Middle East crises.
"The attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America," he said.
Crisis one is the attack in Libya that cost four American lives, and the anti-American riots that followed the release of a made-in-America anti-Islam video.
Mr. Obama talked tough, but urged understanding.
"There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents," he said, adding "If we are serious about those ideals, we must speak honestly about the deeper causes of the crisis."
Also in New York, Mitt Romney argued a big cause of the unrest is a lack of jobs in Muslim nations while speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative.
He promised aid to promote private industry.
"Nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of America's own economy," Romney said.
Crisis two is Iran.
Still working on nuclear capability, Iran's President Ahmadinejad yesterday called for elimination of Israel.
"Make no mistake: a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained," President Obama said.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is publicly pushing President Obama to threaten force.
"America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. Time is not unlimited," Mr. Obama said.
President Obama heads back to Washington this afternoon, to emphasize his focus is on domestic issues.