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. Jose Luis Barboza

    People.... stop this crab inmediately... this is not what this country needs... these constant battle that is not taking us anywhere... what we really need is to find the way ... that we all as whole not as members of any party start working to get our country where we should be... don't you see what is going on all aroud the world... is that what you all want for this country too.... Look UK just because "politician " don't agree what is the right thing for their country... "STOP BEING BAD POLITICIANS AND BE A REAL CITIZEN THAT WANTS THIS COUNTRY GET TO THE RIGHT TRACK AGAIN" by working together... finding what is that needs to be done to get out all this mess....

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

      Mexicans are preaching good governance now?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • ShortSweet

      And now those from Mexico have the audacity to lecture Americans? Give me a break!

      August 15, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose Luis Barboza

      You are such ignorant people... just because you see a latin last name, inmediately you said "Mexican"... I bed you dont even know how many countries are in the world... you are the reason why these country is the way it is right now... get education and do something productive for yourself and your country... don't waist your time talking nonsense crab

      August 15, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacib

      I like your message, Jose. It's true.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ShortSweet

      Are you saying you resent being called "Mexican" ? You post with the name Jose Luis Barboza and then take offense that people don't appreciate your slamming America? Grow up. You posted for response ... you got it.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • mtta

      An educated Mexican! Wow! By the way, you have to use the capital letter "L" when you spell "latin" because it's the proper noun. And you don't say, "I bed you dont", you say, "I bet you don't". When you say "don't waist your time" do you mean "don't waste your time"? And the word "crab" is not polite. It's childish and rude. People don't use such words in intelligent discussions.

      Why don't you go back to where you came from and make positive changes in your society by CITIZENS' POWER! Improve your English before you go back though, it might come in handy. America offers free English language classes for both legal and illegal immigrants. Check with the nearest community college and find out their schedule.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Luis Barboza

      Your are clearly mentioning Mexico in your statement. Even though I'm not mexican your comment about mexicans only shows your lack of kwnoledge about the latinamerican culture. You say I need to grow up. I say to you: don't judge people by your own ignorance. By the way, at least be brave to identify yourself.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Luis Barboza

      mtta: OK. I'm not affraid to say that I was born in another country although I am a citizen of the US. Yes! A different part of America where people debate on arguments. You guys don't have arguments even though you might have good grammar - I suppose. However, this debate is about ideas and not grammar. mtta: I recognize I have to make big progress in my writing skills but you know what I'm talking about. You on the other side don't have ideas. Your debate is about illegal immigrants and mexicans. At least I can say that I try two different languages. You only know one. I know other cultures. You only know one. Your respect for others is about perceptions and not about actual facts. That is why this country needs a desperate boost in decency and citizens that contributepositive ideas to society instead of disqualifying others. Thanks.

      August 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mtta

      See..constructive feedback is always good. You don’t use your favorite word “crab” anymore. Congratulation! You still need to pay attention to capitalizing proper nouns like “mexican” and “latinamerican”. And “Latin American” is two words. It’s important to pay attention to these things when you are engaging in intelligent discussions. Otherwise, you come across as an ignorant person intruding into discussions where you don’t belong.

      By the way, I always feel amused how people from Latin American countries take offense when people assumed they were from Mexico. Maybe they think they are better than “Mexicans”. Do you people look down on Mexicans? Why?

      August 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • mtta

      Sorry, before I move on to other things, I might as well point out that it's not "crab", it's "crap". I didn't mean to be critical of your grammar or spelling skills but when you start accusing others of being "uneducated" you might want to sound "educated" yourself. And when you don't agree with others, it's better to counter with facts and reason rather than getting antagonistic and rude.

      August 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Deb

    He needs to tell the truth. Stop blaming other people, stop the scare tactics. The educated American people see right through him. He won last time because of the college kids, and people on public assistance. He will still get the people on public assistance, but the college kids who are now in the work force. I think he lost them but he might pick up the new college students. If he just would stop telling lies, passing the buck, and man up, he might have a chance. When he has a press conference it sounds like he is campaigning already. Get to the point mister President we are not dumb this time. Stop spending my money for your wife and children’s trips. I have not gone on vacation in 2 yrs. Stop spending money for our navy men to build schools and housing in countries we borrow money from. Let them build their own buildings, no one built up New Orleans for us. Not even us. KEEP OUR MONEY IN THE USA

    August 15, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • ShortSweet

      Excellent post, Deb. I hope nobody shows up at his little taxpayer-funded bus trip. You can bet those that do will be bought and paid for union thugs and ACORN trash.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      The Educated people see right through him.... The others either voted for him or are still supporting him.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. that's what you get

    @RGM. I wasn't dissing believers! I was dissing the pagans on CNN who vote for and support politicians who believe, bit crucify their neighbors here who voice their love for Jesus. Pagan's are famous for wanting their cake and eating it too.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. edvhou812

    Didn't he start doing this in 2008?

    August 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. iblb

    i just don't understand why nobody talks about the jobs that are leaving our country. how can any of them promise to provide jobs for unemployed if all jobs are going to India and China. First we need to do is to stop to transfer jobs overseas. It doesn't matter if it's Obama or Bachmann or Perry or Romney. We don't have JOBS!!! they think that people are stupid, and it's enough for them to promise during presidential election. each country deserve the president that they have if people are allow to foul themselves.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      too much government regulations and too powerful unions that Obama cuddles up to .

      August 15, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • ShortSweet

      When Obama goes to China and encourages them to amp up energy programs so we can be a "customer" .... when we have resources to be developed right her at home that would create jobs and needed revenue .... what's wrong with that picture?

      August 15, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. jon

    go back to harvard or community organizing. I hear reverand wright has an opening in his anti american church.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • bachmanntwit

      And I hear you're finally getting some of that "new-fangled" indoor plumbing in your double wide.

      August 15, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • mtta

      They might not take him back. He's burned a lot of bridges in promoting himself that he's just all alone in the ivory tower!

      August 15, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. RGM

    What is annoying of all this is Obama spends more time campaigning than actually being productive, His one term in the Senate was spen campaigning for the Presidency, Half of his term in office has been spen campaigning for a second term. Would he not have a better rating if he stayed in DC and actually worked on rebuilding a failing government instead of expanding it and raising debt at an alarming rate?

    Our government as a whole is a complete failure because one side points blame and the other refuses to compromise. It is a sad state of affairs when other countries are literally laughing at America because we are so corrupt and greedy, willing to push more of the financial blame on the American people through government programs that force the people to be more dependent on government.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    We are seeing growing turmoil in our country and others in my opinion due to the general publics belief that they have little or no control over what government does any longer. Also I blame the people for loosing faith in themselves. We talk about getting along, but our system favors groups, so we rush to belong to a group so we can have a voice, gain power and get what we want. But the problem with that is what we want is provided by the government more and more each day.
    We look less and less at what we can do ourselves...and why not? We see individual success stories out there making their American Dream come true (and it is still very possible) but then the government, the media tear into those people once they have achieved as being greedy and selfish. We tear down our successes faster than any other country around the world. Unless your a sports star, musician, or celebrity we don't value those who succeed anymore and over the dinner table, on tv our kids watch this and wonder...why should I even try.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. China pays less than 30 dollars/bbl

    China produces 53% of their own energy, and pays less than 30 dollars per barrel for their imported crude oil. The USA produces 32% of it's own oil, and pays upwards of 100 dollars per barrel for imported oil. Go figure.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    The Preisdent said he will not rest until every American has a job. Perhaps he means AFTER he gets back from vacation

    August 15, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Granger

    all this prez does is try to save his "image": He hasn't stopped campaigning since 2008. Give it up. Obama. You can't cover up your incompetence. Go golfing until 2012 when we'll have a real president.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • angeleyes

      I have had a gut full of this guy. Another year is scary enough. He is a jerk, a bully and I don't believe anything he says. I just want him out of office and take Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Harry Ried with him

      August 15, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. ShortSweet

    Word is out the rallies will be stuffed with paid-for trolls to make it look like his adoring crowds are still there. What a joke. Performances like we'll see the next couple days will mean nothing when the voters get in line come 2012. Obama is toast.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stacib

    I am so disillusioned with all things Obama. He has close to totally ignored the Jobs issue, rarely acknowledged it all this time, barely a whisper and suddenly, it's a priority? A re-election bus tour we're asked to pretend is about jobs. It's insulting and way too little, way too late for tens of millions. The transfer of wealth from our middle class to those who gained is undeniable and all this time, our jobless have been asked to "hang in there".

    We can debate all day, all night whether or not our government can create jobs but the issue I have with this is how little it's been discussed and how it's now surfaced as a tool for re-election. Words mean nothing to me.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. bigbeef

    Funny, why wasn't the foloing noted in this article or anywhere on CNN website??

    Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval
    Each result is based on a three-day rolling averageDownload complete trend
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.

    August 15, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Byoung

    Going on a tour to TALK about jobs? Talking is all this president does. He doesn't lead and he doesn't put his own plans out there for everyone to see. I am so ready to see some real leadership in this country. People who are not scared to make difficult choices to better the country. This goes for both political parties.

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