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. Jerry

    What jobs will he be talking about? Foreign jobs? Maybe the few jobs that he thinks were developed with his outlandish expenditures, at about $50,000 to $75,00 per job, if any. This president is REALLY clueless!

    Mr. President, America is on to you. Your smoke and mirrors pep talks will not work any longer. If you have any doubts, look at your dismal poll numbers.

    OK, NObamamites, you may come out of the woodwork!

    America, remember 2012.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron California



      August 15, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • sam900

      He is talking about his own job. He is trying to save it..

      August 15, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • SlickLawyer

      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.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. US to set invade Venezuela

    The AK arms corporation was on the verge of going bancrupt until Hugo Chavez placed an order for 300 million dollars worth of the then-new AN-94 assault rife, a weapon capable of laying-down twice as much lead with fargreater accuracy than America's best assault rifles, even in the hands of a youngster. (the AN-94 has no recoil spring...it simply vibrates) Why has Venezuela been going through all this trouble to arm themselves? Because Hugo Chavez realizes that the invasion by US forces has already been planned by the Pentagon. That's why.

    August 15, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • PlanoMike

      You need to lay off the drugs.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • manolosculo

      Paranoid much?

      August 15, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • rufud

      I suggest you seek a mental health specialist. Pronto.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • SlickLawyer2

      We need their oil. Could be. Look... as long as we have lawyers elected to office they'll steal resources. That's their business model. Just look at their broken court system. You know, the one that now functions like an auction house.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dr Perry Fisher

    All hairnet,apron and name tag jobs

    August 15, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Oh...you mean all the Rick Perry jobs in Texas...

      August 15, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mrsluggo

      What's the matter ? Too good to take a minimum wage job even though you only have a high school education? A GED isn't worth more than about $15k per year at most, not 50 – 70K like unions get. Shut up and get to work.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • SlickLawyer2

      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.


      August 15, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. GJM

    The best this guy ever does is talk, talk and talk some more. He was too busy when taking office on a failed healthcare and stimulus bills and not enough attention to the economy. His bus tour is a smoke and mirror as we all know it is about him getting reelected. He has stopped fooling most of the people all of the time. He is only going to areas he knows are safe, those people that voted for him and not really reaching the real Americans, those that carry bibles and guns. He said made rude statements about those people

    August 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      Really...just like the Republicans did last November about jobs?

      August 15, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Which they haven't produced or even talked about...

      August 15, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. KarincP

    What are WE missing ? – The Campaigner-in-Chief goes spending more US Money to tour around in a Bus with his Family while US needs LEADERSHIP – – Huhh – – WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP ? ? – – Cut Spending NOW – not in 2013 – – STOP useless Wars, STOP killing our own troops – – MAKE JOBS here in USA – – Just Stay Home in the WH

    August 15, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Where are the Republicans????

      August 15, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • mary43

      Well said...all these libtards on this website are those who want to destroy this country. I hope the Independents are wise enough to see through this Presidents incompetence. No job creation, huge deficit, huge parties, obamacare, cash for clunkers. This man doesn't have a clue.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      Republicans? They're waiting for that "Hope and Change" nonsense.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • whats up with the coverage

      ok so how is staying home in the WH going to do anything? You seem pretty loud here, who's your congressman? Does he know your name? Does he have caller ID and say 'oh no, not her again?' Didn't think so.

      August 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |

    obama=liar jobs=missing

    August 15, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. HIH

    The simple fact is government does not create jobs. Government creates an environment that either promotes or discourages growth. You make the call of what has taken place over the last 5 years...

    August 15, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      And the Republican / tea party are not creating said environment...

      August 15, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • rdg18

      The demorats are telling businesses that they will steal all their profits. Great environment your demorats have created. Jobs will be created in 2013 when we kick out the worthless demorats.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • whats up with the coverage

      There is nothing SIMPLE about the 'facts' going on now. The banks got bailed, and will not let the $$ go. How is that for simple. Small Business can't hire or grow, unemployment continues to go up. Conservatives refuse to let anything BO start be successful "one term president" and so we all suffer . Seems pretty Si'MPLE to me. The conservatives think we will walk away under pressure, like he has done. I think what the majority of americans (dems and repubs) believe, bring the troops home, watch after ourselves, we'll worry about everyone else later is the path we seek. The SIMPLE TRUTH is there's no one saying this CLEARLY.

      August 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. unknown11

    Have Obama watch last night's 60 minutes. The gist of the story is that as long as we are charging a 35% tax rate on corporations and the rest of the world is charging 15%, there will be no new jobs in the US. Of course that little leap of intelligence is going to be lost on the left. To the left, 35% of nothing is better than 15% of $trillions.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      More tea party BS...the average corporation pays about 15% in taxes, if they pay any at all, which most of them don't...

      August 15, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • unknown11

      mb, you idiot. The reason that they pay 15% is because they are keeping money overseas so that they don't have to pay taxes on it. Why not put the rate at 15% and allow the money into our country. Our current system is rewarding companies for moving jobs overseas. It makes no sense, but your leaders have been playing the 'woe is me', class warfare, it is all big business's fault game with you so long that you cannot think for yourself. They have backed themselves into a corner because of this and can no longer do what needs to be done because their highly educated and informed electorate will not allow them. What a freaking mess.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • unknown11

      And by the way, you must be the only person on the planet that thnks 60Minutes is a tea party front.

      August 15, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • mary43

      Ok you libs, what about Obama's buy, Mr General Electric, sending tens of thousands of jobs to China? Nothing but crickets from the left. Nowhere on CNN do you see the gallup showing Obama's approval # @ 39%. Why the big secret, maybe b/c they continue to make him look good? What a bunch of frauds.

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

    Well , this bus tour thing works for the tea party and for Palin , I'm going to give it a shot . Nothing else I've tried has worked so far . I've never had an original thought in my life . Thank allah that there are people out there who think of good ideas like this. Don't forget to pack my smokes .

    August 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim in Florida

    The White House states Obama is on tour to address jobs and CNN dutifully regurgitates the story.

    There haven't been any jobs created so Obama's speeches should be short.

    Obama is on the campaign trail – pur and simple and CNN doesn't have the journalistic integrity to be honest with the American people.

    CNN continues as lapdog for the White House.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. rdg18

    Doesn't he need to know something about creating jobs before he can discuss the topic? Another clueless demorat.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. jon

    don't ya just wish he would for once shut his aching piehole?

    August 15, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jack

    Mr. President: Your time would be better spent working in D.C. going face-to-face with the Republicans to figure out the economic mess that has befallen this country. Your bus tour, disguised to promote job growth, is in reality designed to promote your own re-election agenda. The country doesn't need to hear your cries and rallies of good things to come on some bus tour.

    For those of us to make up the tens of millions of us who are unemployed or underemployed; who have lost their homes to foreclosure because of the financial market melt-down and recession; and the countless millions of jobs lost to outsourcing and US companies that have moved their operations overseas because of ridiculous high corporate tax rates that make impossible for them to compete in this global economy – we need your attention.

    Mr. President – the continuing recession (yes, for many of us it remains no matter who tries to paint a different picture); the +/-400,000 new unemployment claims filed WEEKLY; the dismal job growth of +/- 100,000 new jobs MONTHLY, has only served to show the American public that your leadership style to manage this country has been ineffective and must change. No disrespect Mr. President, but either someone doesn't understand math here or perpetuates hiding the truth. Using rolling four-week averages to explain the 9.1% unemployment is a joke. Hiding the real truth that most unemployed Americans have been unemployed much longer than four weeks; this number is closer to 18-20%. No more half-truths please – we need a president who will lead us and tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly. Unfortunately for us, your inability to manage this country out of the recent debt crises and negotiations on Capitol Hill serves to confirms that

    This country doesn't need any more soap box speeches of better things to come, but true, gut-wrenching leadership to change this country's continued economic downturn that has stripped Americans of their human dignity that has torn millions of families apart. Even if this means going against party norms and expectations. You scored 0 points with the majority of Americans during the recent debt reduction crises negotiations and deserve some of the finger-pointing because of the embarrassment to this great democracy caused by your office.

    Oh, and Mr. President – be sure to enjoy your vacation to Martha's Vineyard. While I'm sure you and your family need a well-deserved vacation, for the tens of millions of us who have not taken vacations with their families for reasons above, your vacation couldn't come at a worse time for those who struggle to continue believing in you.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Tea party nonsense at its finest...BTW, why should he stay in DC? Congress is on a five week recess, no Republicans around to talk to anyway... Where are the JOBS the Republicans promised in the last election?????

      August 15, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. dandyyank

    "Discussing" is about all he's done on ANY isssue. He is so worthless as a President that it is laughable. He lies,
    he makes promises left and right that he knows he won't keep, and he doesn't have a clue on how to deal with the economy.


    August 15, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Obama 2012...at least he's willing to talk. The Republicans don't even do that...just lies, lies and vote for me cause I lie better than the other Republicans running.

      August 15, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. dandyyank


    August 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      I think you should just hold your breath until then...OK?

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