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. icysilver

    obummer quit talking about it and do something about it, sheeeeeeeeesh

    August 15, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. DaveTheRave

    Instead of a bus tour, Obama should be talking to the CEOs of large American companies about creating jobs. These companies are sitting on wads of cash while people desperately need jobs. They should be hiring American workers instead of shipping jobs to India and China

    August 15, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • unknown11

      And they will tell him that the corporate tax rate here is 35% and in India it is 15% or 20%. Then what? There is no way he has the guts to actually do what needs to be done and lower the rate. It will just be more speaches about big bad business. Empty suit.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • liza

      He has met with CEOs and he's had an advisory bi-partisan committee make recommendations and he ignores everyone. His lack of work experience, economic know-how and decision making abilities is surpassed only by his arrogance. I hope and pray he's gone in 2012 so the economy will start to recover.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marucs

      Obama can't force the corporations to hire, however he can toss out Obamacare and stop all of the anti-corporate talk every time he give a speech.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Granger

    Desperation tour

    August 15, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Granger

    there will always be goose-steppers for Obama, but how embarrassing to be an Obama supporter now. In a good way, he had full control of Congress for 2 years and America now can see that his bullying and shoving of his policies are failure tactics.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tonyh110

    Does Obama think the first four years are simply to warm up get a fell for the position? This isn't college Obama its the lives of millions and the future of a nation – not a popularity contest

    August 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. palintwit

    And in a related story, autographed copies of Sarah Palin's famous ' crosshairs ' poster are on sale now at Walmart gun and knife departments everywhere. Go git 'em rednecks !!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NAMBLA

    The North American Man-boy Love Association considered moving their headquarters overseas like many corporations do, but found that other countries weren't very good markets to be in when compared to US here. The catholic churche's man-boy loving leaders have always been headquartered in Rome. So no changes forthcoming from that direction either.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quintus

      That would be too far from RNC headquarters.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    What does he have to talk about? He is only out trying to get his ratings back up. Here's a thought, if he wants to do something how about doing what he said he was going to when he was elected into office.

    I want me change back.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Quintus

    "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,"

    This has been the case for three years.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. seriously?

    he's on a SAVE OBAMA's reelection bus tour.... what a terrible president.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      You could not be more correct! Obama has a hidden agenda!

      August 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Edgmon

    You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who to vote for next yr. Sure Obama hasn't been great, but he didn't cause this problem, the GOP /TEA party did. It amazes me, they outright tell American's what they think of government, that it should only exist for the military and everything else should be privatized, and profit should be the ONLY consideration of government, and people still vote for them. LOL..

    August 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • indepvot

      Tea party didn't start until summer 2009, months after Obama took office in Jan 09.
      Get your facts straight.
      Democrat Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Barack Obama all made money off the financial collapse in Nov 08.
      Barney Frank said there was nothing wrong with Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae when G. Bush warned of a problem.
      Democrats controlled both houses last 2 yrs of Bush presidency, so do some research before you post comments that are undeniably false. Acorn and democratic congress caused it, and Obama made it worse.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kenrick Benjamin

    Alright it's more like 35 Million Graduates.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert Johnson

    The President's jobs tour is more about him trying to keep his own job than it is about creating jobs for the rest of us. Is his campaign organization paying for this campaign boondoggle or are the taxpayers getting hit again?

    August 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Edgmon

    Me's wuz jus saying to myself, self, "i thinks we should go back to the way things were under Dubya, that wats we needs in this countries, taxc uts made permanency for da work creators. Rick Peryy 4 prez yo!

    August 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Disgusted

    Do something to help the economy and suprise drug test "ALL" welfare recipients. If they are positive for drugs, legal (produce a Dr.'s prescription) or illegal, IMMEDIATELY they lose any right to welfare for good. We are taxpayers and as part of the tax paying workforce, we are subject to random drug and alcohol testing at any time. So if you are using the taxpayers for a living, then you should be subject to random testing, 1 hr. to report to testing upon notice.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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