The president’s busy travel schedule this past couple of weeks allegedly precluded a face-to-face meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, but he did find time to appear on “The View,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “60 Minutes,” where just last night he revealed how he was going to “block out any noise” from Israel regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

That tone from the top seems to have reached the United States’ delegation to the U.N., who had plenty of time for the noise made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday as the Iranian president addressed a U.N. meeting on the rule of law. Israel’s envoy walked out as Ahmadinejad denounced the existence of Israel a “fake regime,” but the U.S. delegation stayed put.

Conservatives reacted with disbelief.

At the Democratic National Convention, delegates booed as language about God and Jerusalem that had been removed was added back to the party’s platform in what many considered a sham voice vote. “Unnamed sources” rushed out to spread the story that President Obama had personally intervened to restore Israel to the platform.

Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the whole United Nations Wednesday. Will the U.S. delegation manage to find their legs —and backbones — by then?