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. goldminetown

    I heard that his job approval rate is 39%.Is that true? How come I have not seen the report on CNN ? DIid I miss any thing ?

    August 15, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • rikers

      That's because CNN,CBS, NBC, and ABC don't want you to know how bad he is doing.

      August 15, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Gallop Onward

      The Gallup Poll reports 42% but that constantly changes. If the economy improves his ratings will go up. I do not think he or any other president can do much to change the job situation, we are in a global recession, each country impacts upon the other. It does not matter how much we improve production, if there are no customers, there are no sales.

      There will have to be big cuts to government spending, which will increase unemployment and maybe tax hikes. The rich get the tax breaks while the middle class carry the burden of the debt and the poor stay poor. Our standard of living is going down and we have to adjust to it.

      August 15, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • A.W.Messenger

      Since he's on tour, I wonder if he has a backup band?
      He could probably make some cashola if he came up with a Tour T-shirt to sell.

      August 15, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. rikers

    What is so galling about making these speeches is that this president should have been working on plans months ago to do something real about jobs instead of pushing a useless stimulus program and working on the healthcare bill.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Exactly. But it's clear now that he doesn't have the slightest idea what to do to create jobs. All he can do is go on tour spewing more "Brightests days ahead" nonsense and hope he can stall long enough for the economy to turn on its' own. Then he'll claim credit for it. Either that or he's going to be joining the ranks of the unemployed come January 2013.

      August 15, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Where are all the jobs the Republicans promised in the last election? Why are we not talking about that...? Obama 2012...

      August 15, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • daveugber

      everything the house puts in front of the senate is taken off the table before a vote...if you want to know where the jobs are, ask your president and a senate that hasn't proposed or passed a budget since the 111th congress...

      August 15, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mtta

      You don't understand. "JOB" has always been his number one priority. He's never wavered from this goal. It's only that the JOB he's been working on is HIS JOB.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. Manypeople

    He needs to step down like he stated last time. No more useless stimulus program. He needs to get to work.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The President doesn need to GET TO work. He needs to be OUT OF work.

      August 15, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      We need to fire every Republican / tea party representative in the House. Where are all the jobs the Republicans promised in the last election? Why are we not talking about that...? Obama 2012...

      August 15, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kay - Iowa

    Wonderful – just what we need.....more talk.

    August 15, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      It's better than doing nothing like the Republicans & their tea party spawn...

      August 15, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. American Pharmaceutical Giants

    Most of America's Pharmaceutical corporations are headquartered overseas, mosty in Scotland, where over 100,000 Scot's are employed by them. Why? Because Big-Pharma wants US drugged rather than employed. That, and why should American pharmaceutical giants pay taxes to the US government? It's not like they're patriots or anything.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. William

    Obumble talking about jobs is akin to CNN 'bots talking about rocket science ... neither has a F 'n clue.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Where are all the jobs the Republicans promised in the last election? Why are we not talking about that...? Obama 2012...
      Clinton 2016 & 2020.

      August 15, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. George Patton

    There goes Barack Obama again, trying to prove that he better than any Republican is best at preserving the status quo! What we soarly need is a moderate running for the Presidency, but unfortunately, there is none in sight!!! Change is what this country needs but won't happen any time soon!

    August 15, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    He is too soft on H1-B, L1 and F1 visas. While we struggle, he has kept this gate open for companies like Microsoft and others to hire skilled workers from other countries. How smart is that? Don't tell me that we don't have skilled workers. I like the group Americans against H1B and out sourcing on facebook.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. edka

    Empty words. Too little too late. We heard these promises of a job creations when he ran for a president. "Taking America back to fundamentals, building roads and bridges, creating jobs for those who needed them the most" These were the words of promise coming from our president 3 years ago. Where are these roads? Where are these bridges? Oh yey, he extended the unemployment. Thanks Obama!!!. All these people who voted for you are very proud to stand on unemployment line. Create a welfare state, drain this country and take out dignity away.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      So, where are all the jobs the Republicans promised in the last election? Why are we not talking about that...? Obama 2012...

      August 15, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    HEY some bloggers that dont have their heads up obamas bass

    August 15, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      No...they have their heads buried in the sand hoping some miracle will get Obama out of office. It ain't gonna happen...

      August 15, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. goldminetown

    Mr. President,why do you try your best to slow down exploration and drilling on our land?Why do you support drilling and development in Brazil.
    Why don't you support pipeline from stable and friendlier Canada but you are happily buying oil from Middle east,many are our enemies the rest are not our friends.China is ready to build pipe line to the coast so they can take all of oil.

    Last question,I hope I'm wrong,It seems to me that you are trying your best to keep us from recovery,you want us to depend on you and your govt, WHY ?

    August 15, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. "They took our jobs"

    Many American corporations are headquartered in foreign countries in order to avoid paying taxes to the US. This, along with the way our southern-border remains open to allow foreigners to enter and find work, is why we are unemployed. Obama didn't do this, he just approves of it. (shrug)

    August 15, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • daveugber

      and people want to RAISE corporate taxes???

      August 15, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Former Dem

    On the positive side, President Obama is the first President in US history to make Jimmy Carter look good.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • cole

      lol, you know good old jimmy loves obama!

      August 15, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @goldminetown...true, the same day that President Obama stopped drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico, he approved helping Brazil's nationalized oil corporation's drilling in the Pacific. Why? To replace the access to oil we currently have in Venezuela once the US invades and occupies them. Huga Chavez has been busy preparing for this for a few years now...even going so far as financing the construction of the AK corporations new production facilities in Venezuela. US warships had been illegally siezing shipments of arms from the AK corp. located in Russia as they were being transported to Venezuela. Now, Venezuela manufactures their own weaponry. It will be a bloody invasion, and an even bloodier occupation.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      tea party terrorism at its finest...

      August 15, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. cole

    anyone remember the healthcare bill the dems spent two years ramming down americans throats? it would have been nice if they worked on jobs then. we could have been out of this mess by now.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      And just where were the Republicans when this was happening? They weren't creating jobs either...that street runs two ways..

      August 15, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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