President Barack Obama is countering a charge from Mitt Romney that he's been weak in projecting American power abroad.
But Obama skipped a chance to blast Romney and the rest of the GOP presidential field. Speaking alongside leaders of Mexico and Canada, Obama played the statesman's role. He says he's cutting his GOP critics "some slack" during the Republican primary contest.
But Obama did take exception to Romney's weekend remark that Obama doesn't believe in "American exceptionalism," a reference to the unique role of the world's only superpower.
Obama reminded a Rose Garden news conference that the 2004 Democratic convention speech that brought him to national attention was all about "American exceptionalism."