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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  1. lmmc

    He spent his first 2 yrs on ignorant nonsense....scaring people half to death with pipe dream talk of cap and trade to shut down even more jobs and raise power bills, ramming stupid socialist health ins ideas, etc. NOW he realizes the priority should be jobs??!!?!? too little too late. BUH BYE

    August 15, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mtta

      immc, you need to take out "s" from "job" in your comment. Obama's priority is HIS JOB. How many jobs will be lost by paying for this campaign trip poorly masked as an official visit?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. maria bonau

    Interesting how the liberal Dems on this comment page can only resort to smear and foul language. Defend the pres if you have a factual argument, otherwise admit that this guy is full of empty words, misrepresentations of truth, demagofary, calss warfare, and sicialist anti-democratic views, killing the economy, and always campaigning. This bus tour is a joke especially since he was to focus on jobs like a laser.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark from Louisiana

    This bus tour is not a campaign tour just like michelle obamas $500,000 trip to Kenya with her extended family wasn't a vacation.
    So much for shared sacrifice when you are talking about the obamas

    August 15, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. mtta

    Obama, we all know by now that you are "incompetent". You've just added "dishonesty" to your character by claiming a blatantly obvious campaign trip as an official visit, an excuse to use taxpayers' money to save YOUR job.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose Luis Barboza

      You know what lady... what are you doing to help this country toget better... do you know what is he really doing ... do you know him very well... or you just venting like any other republican... cause is the only thing you can do... Stop the crab and start doing productive for your country or a least your community.... Stop the nonsence crab...

      August 15, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • omegarising

      Jose Luis Barboza,

      "You shall know them by their fruit." All I see and smell from Barry is ROTTEN FRUIT FILLED WITH WORMS!

      August 15, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gina Farmer

    When will the libs get sick of hearing obammie say ""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"? Huh? He's been saying it for over 2 years. He hasn't got a clue what he's doing. He just repeats what soros puts on the teleprompter. He's made his millions. All he wants now is to stay in office – his ego is the biggest I've ever seen in a president.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. That's what you get

    ...for electing a man crazy enough to believe in the wolf/lamb god, and then replacing him with President Obama, another wolf-lamb god worhipper. If they're dumb enough to believe in god, their dumb enough to believe in anything.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Um

      You spelt "they're" wrong.

      Dumb.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • RGM

      So because one has a faith, they are evil? You forget one of the elements that made America. That is freedom of religion! If you think this freedom is wrong than go someplace where the government has more control like China or N. Korea. I for one have a faith and believe strongly towards the conservative basis. Do not bash ones belief in God just because you don't believe.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gina Farmer

    I hope you like heat, "that's what you get".

    August 15, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. vtguy

    I've read through these comments by the dems... they seem to blame everybody but Obambam... Any lib dem who is defending Obambam, please answwer just opne question... WHERE DOES THE BUCK STOP? Also, all you lib Dems, ever notice how Obambam looks more and more like Alfred E. Neuman... What ME Worry?

    August 15, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dee

    Your headline is so typical of CNN's slanted reporting – Obama On Tour to Discuss Jobs. We all know it is really Obama On Tour to Seek Votes. Get real.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. omegarising

    Putting these men and women back to work, and growing wages for everyone, has got to be our top priority,"

    What a two faced lying sack of Marxist crap! If jobs has to be our top priority he would have MADE it our top priority. All Barry cares about is keeping his job as the global banking elite puppet.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    What does this guy or his Administration possibly know about jobs?

    August 15, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bachmanntwit

      Isn't there a GM plant in Lake Orion that's still operating thanks to the Obama stimulus?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • lmmc

      nothing

      August 15, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cost of gasoline

    Under Hugo Chavez, Venezuelans pay .12 cents per gallon for gas. We pay 3 bucks. go figure.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bachmanntwit

      A. Venezuela has as much or more oil than Saudi Arabia.
      B. The price of gas is subsidized by the Venezuelan gov't.
      C. The price of gas is also subsidized in Saudi Arabia as is about the same price.
      D. Isn't this the type of "socialism" that the ignorant right is always carping about?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Percy

    2 1/2 years into his term and the job recovery has not happened.The unemployment rate is much more than advertised and he has exactly 1 1/2 more years to fix it. He needs to get busy or he is GONE ! A one and done pres..

    August 15, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. chris

    I'm surprised he doesn't have a speech to explain about how he's going to give a speech.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lock

    No on in DC will do anything until it touchs their pocketbook! Congress, senate, no one in the federal government should get any type of raise or funding for new projects until we are out of debt! Actually this seems very reasonable, most of those in private or even lower level government have not receieved a pay raise in 3 yrs and probably won't for another, Congress should be no different.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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