On the Radar: Obama bus tour, Aruba missing case, market turmoil
President Barack Obama discusses jobs in an event in Holland, Michigan, last week.
August 15th, 2011
06:12 AM ET

On the Radar: Obama bus tour, Aruba missing case, market turmoil

Three things you need to know today.

Obama on tour: President Barack Obama is expected to talk about strategies for creating jobs and improving the economy during a three-day bus tour through part of the Midwest beginning Monday.

"Many Americans are hurting badly right now.  Many have been unemployed for too long.  Putting these men and women back to work, and growing wages for everyone, has got to be our top priority," the president said in his weekly radio address on Saturday.

Obama is scheduled to take a 360-mile trip through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, meeting groups of small-business owners and other people at rural events. On Monday, he'll have town hall events in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, and Decorah, Iowa. (CNN's Wolf Blitzer takes you along for the ride on Obama's bus tour. Join Wolf for a one-on-one interview with the president, Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on "The Situation Room.")

On Thursday, the president and his family will head to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts – his summer vacation site of choice for the third straight year.

Missing in Aruba: A U.S. man being held in Aruba in connection with the case of a missing American woman will appear in court Monday, a judicial official said.

An investigating magistrate could order Gary Giordano, 50, held for at least eight more days, order him to remain on the island or release him due to a lack of evidence, according to Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein.

Giordano was arrested by Aruban police on August 5, three days after Robyn Gardner, 35, was last seen near Baby Beach on the western tip of the Caribbean island.

Financial markets: This week could be just as bumpy as last week's wild ride, as Wall Street continues to deal with the fallout of S&P's downgrade, the problems in Europe and the fate of the U.S. economy, CNNMoney reports.

On Monday, investors will get the Empire Statement manufacturing index at 8:30 a.m. ET. The manufacturing survey fell into negative territory in July, which means manufacturing activity contracted during the period. Investors will be looking to see if that trend continues for a second month.

Retailers reporting their results Monday include Urban Outfitters and home improvement chain Lowe's. Analysts expect that Lowe's earned 66 cents a share and Urban Outfitters earned 32 cents a share.

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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Terri Sanchez

    JOBS?????? Work on getting out of the war now that we have spent 27 million dollars (AS OF TODAY) on training the hapless civilians who are so pathetic into soldiers. SPEND THE MONEY HERE IN THE US WHERE SO MANY NEED IT>>>>>>ESTABLISH JOBS HERE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED YOU IN AND ALL OTHER POLITICIANS!!!!!!! I AM ASHAMED OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND WHAT THEY DONE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY..........

    August 15, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • pepe quintero

      You want the government to create jobs? Can't you see that Obama is trying to make the USA into a socialist country? Redistribution of wealth? Obama is a puppet with the right color who is poster man for the left, socialist agenda run by George Soros. Obama approval is 44% but CNN will not report it.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. SlickLawyer2

    He's a lawyer. What did you expect? His leadership evidence is tied to a broken court system where he enriches himself while auctioning rights to the highest bidder. STOP ELECTING LAWYERS. They're unfit to lead. OBVIOUSLY.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. rlcommenter

    No Worries Obama.... Today is the 15th of the month and you just re-uped my food stamp card.. I'll do a little street hustle and convert it to cash.... I'll keep away from the PoPo and go on a 3 day binge of happiness... Thank you... The whole job thing is overrated, I just work under the table for cash when I need it... You keep me going just fine with all the assistance I'm getting.. I'd be a fool to get a real job and rock the boat...

    August 15, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • zhawk88

      you're an idiot and a disgrace because you abuse a system people actually need to survive.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      And you probably vote Republican...

      August 15, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Rae

      RIGHT ON! He needs to get a job himself, another one. Take care.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Rustywelder

      you two morons didn't sense the sarcasm dripping off of this?

      August 15, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. mtta

    Obama should concentrate more on improving the economy and creating jobs than worrying about his re-election. Nobody denies that he inherited a mess from the previous administration. But everybody sees that instead of cleaning up the mess, he spent the first two years of his presidency relentlessly pursuing his own agenda. Now that he put the country on the brink of a second recession, all he cares about is his poll ratings and his re-election efforts. When are you going to start working FOR THE COUNTRY, Mr. President? We put you in the White House and give you all the perks to go with it, not out of love for you and your rhetoric, but to steer country in the right direction. When are you going to get around to it?

    Obama’s rhetoric may have gotten him into the White House in 2008, but in 2012 he will be judged by his actions (or inactions) and its results. His oratory skills and meaningless slogans cannot help him this time.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • pepe quintero

      Oratory skills? He reads from a teleprompter words that have been prepared for him. The man is a puppet of the leftist.His agenda is to make the US a socialist country. The polls show a new low approval but CNN will not report it. Want to control the people? Control the media. NBC,CBS,ABS,MSNBC. The people of the US are being mislead by the media.The Latino population being ignorant about the political process of the USA relies on leftist, racist organizations like La Raza.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. SlickLawyer3

    Lawyers, the ones we elect, will still demand $7500 retainer fees and $500/hr – while the rest of us work at Walmart for $9/hour. You know what that means? You will no longer be able to enforce, or defend, your rights.

    STUPID AMERICANS. You keep voting unethical dishonest lying and conniving LAWYERS to office. Bachman is prime example you idiots will follow this broken theory again – like morons – being marched to slaughter.

    STOP VOTING LAWYERS INTO ELECTED OFFICES.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • rlcommenter

      Who supports anything to do with Lawyers.. Why Obama.. He is soooo in their pockets... Tort baby Tort is Obama's legacy...

      August 15, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. mtta

    Obama is sending Joe Biden to China instead of the Secretary of State, Hillary, following the appointment of a new ambassador to replace Jon Huntsman. It makes me wonder if he's planning on switching Hillary and Joe Biden, hoping that having Hillary on the ticket will help his flagging popularity. For one thing, I hope that Hillary won’t fall for it whatever arm-twisting and incentives Obama throws in her way. She will just tarnish her reputation by association. Even if she’s on the ticket, I won’t vote for Obama again as my loyalty and concern for the country is stronger than my party affiliation.

    Besides, Vice presidents don’t make policies. And Obama doesn’t even listen to his advisors let alone his vice president. His top aides quit one after another because they don’t want to be blamed for his misguided agendas. The illustrious economic team he assembled when he got into the White House was all gone except Tim Geithner. Tim himself was going to quit but changed his mind after some arm-twisting from the White House.

    We democrats should start writing to our representatives to give us an alternative candidate. The country simply cannot afford another four years of the current president.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • rikers

      As a Democrat I couldn't agree more. We need real change, and I'm tired of this guy with his big ego.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      mtta & riker are both Republicans, in case you can't figure that out. BTW, you said that "Vice presidents don’t make policies.". That's a laugh, does Dick Cheney ring a bell???

      August 15, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. BSlookout

    Look for more blaming of the republicans and chearleading of the liberal media. Look for more dept, high unemployment and no decisive action to be found in the liberal government leadership. This to be followed by more blame and less work as Obama gets the reelection activities in higher gear

    August 15, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      It's about time...Obama 2012.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. FuddyDuddy

    From day one after his election in 2008, all Mr. Obama has done about JOBS is give the words occassional lip service.

    His policies, his energies, his passion has been focused like a laser on social / liberal spending agendas. Lead by Obamacare, our President has only attmepted to redistibute our nation's wealth – not help our nation create MORE wealth by putting the millions of unemployed (many are minorities) back to work.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. clif777

    we'll have to remember that last administration with Bush before Bush with Clinton still had the same problem wasn't as big but we still have the same problem jobs. The Bush administration gave a lot of money away give it away, gave it away.
    yes I have to agree corporate is a monster, Sears is sending their jobs over to India now.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. omegarising

    Barry please, do us all a favor and just don't speak any more about anything. Every time you open your vile mouth things just get worse. You're an incompetent twit that just needs to keep his mouth shut.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      I would much rather listen to his eloquence than the Republicans and tea partys blathering nonsense. Obama 2012

      August 15, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. HR

    The ONLY job this idiot cares about is HIS OWN -IF he cares so much, where the hell has he been for the last three years????? I will tell you – spending, spending, spending – around 4 trillion and no results – time for him to find a NEW JOB.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamm

      I totally agree, HR. He's just an ignorant puppet on a string being controlled by his invisible heirarchy muslim buddies, determined to bring this country to its knees, let us starve to gain control. Take care.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Deep North

    As long as corporations can make a bigger buck using overseas help....America is simply out of luck in the jobs creation market. President Obama cannot do a thing no matter how many speeches he makes....this bus trip is a waste of gas!

    August 15, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. JAWinter

    How many teleprompters can a bus carry??

    August 15, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      tea party terrorist...

      August 15, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Shannon

    He is full of baloney. Don't beleive whatever this man says. His mouth is always moving .....

    August 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. stan

    So Obama's gonna talk about jobs. Talk, talk, talk. Pose. Talk, talk, talk. Pose. Like closing Guantanamo. Like ending wars. Like reducing debt. Blah, blah, blah. Maybe, just maybe Barry should consider actually DOING something. You know, like maybe put forward a budget for the first time since becomming president. I don't count that sorry POS he forwarded as a budget that not even his own party would vote for. I mean a real budget. He didn't even put forward a budget when he had control of both houses. He managed to ram through Obamacare, but not a budget?!? Harharhar!

    Obama couldn't lead someone to the bathroom. He could talk about it. He could hold a photo-op discussing the need to goto the bathroom. He could speak for an hour on the necessity and the finer points of taking a dump. However, by the end of the day you would have dropped a log in your shorts because he spent too much time yapping and not enough time leading.

    August 15, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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