President Obama, in agreeing to a lengthy interview with “60 Minutes,” may have created his own “bump in the road.”

The president was facing heavy criticism from Republicans Monday for, in the course of that interview, referring to Middle East unrest as “bumps in the road,” conceding “mistakes” in campaign ads and appearing to dismiss concern about Iran’s nuclear program as “noise.”

Romney’s campaign seized on all three of those comments, and by Monday afternoon was hammering the president for the Middle East remark — perhaps in a bid to return the favor after Democrats kept Romney against the wall last week defending his hidden-camera remarks on the “47 percent” of Americans who don’t pay taxes. In the CBS interview, Obama said supporting the Arab Spring was the “right thing” to do but acknowledged there would be “bumps in the road” in the process.

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