In solemn tone, the president Tuesday made his message as much about the unjustified killing of ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, as he did, of religious tolerance.
"We understand why people take offense to this video because millions of Americans are among them, know people who say why don't we just ban such a video, that answer is enshrined in our laws," he says. "People are going to call me awful things everyday and I will always defend their right to do so."
Though he still won't define the killings as an act of terror, GOP Presidential challenger Mitt Romney does. And while speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative today, the GOP leader tried to highlight another difference.
"A voice of unspeakable hatred has spoken out, threatening Israel! And the entire civilized world," he said.
He believes the president is too soft on Iran and has turned his back on Israel.
"I'll never apologize for America. I believe America has been one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever known."
While the president did stress time is running out for Iran and Israel threatened action, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared unflappable.
"Iran at the end of the day is a great country and let me assure you we do have all defensive means at our disposal," he says.
Tuesday morning, test-firing four missiles in the Strait of Hormuz, a warning of sorts to nearby naval forces.
Meanwhile, the president came under verbal fire, choosing to make time for a sit down on 'The View' but not with other world leaders.