(Reuters) – If you thought Mitt Romney was the only presidential candidate whose problems were piling up in the final stretch of the 2012 election campaign, think again.
From Middle East upheaval to the troubled Afghan war effort to a more assertive Russia, President Barack Obama is facing pressures that threaten to chip away at a foreign policy record his aides hoped would be immune to Republican attack.
The White House is increasingly concerned but isn’t hitting the panic button, yet. Administration officials are heartened by Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s own recent foreign policy stumbles and doubt Obama’s critics will gain traction in a campaign focused mainly on the U.S. economy.
As a result, when Obama speaks inside the cavernous U.N. General Assembly hall on Tuesday exactly six weeks before the U.S. election, he will seek to reassure American voters as well as world leaders he is on top of the latest global challenges. But he won’t propose any new remedies or bold initiatives.