November 29th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
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Obama calls Indian prime minister

Obama called India Prime Minister Singh Friday night.
Obama called India Prime Minister Singh Friday night.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama spoke with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh late Friday night, the president-elect's transition team said.

Obama called Singh to express condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks there. He also made clear there is only one U.S. president at a time, the transition team said.

Earlier Friday evening, Obama released a statement on the attacks in India.


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  1. silver bells

    i agree with our friend from canada, i have nothing but discust for the republican party, (yes you did obama, bless you.)

    November 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. caroline1

    I am happy to hear this. Huffingtonpost first posted his statement offering condolences, which only mentioned "American" victims, of which there were 6 out of 195 and climbing, which shocked me. Why did he not say "American victims AND victims from around the world"? At any rate, 95% were Indians. I am glad to see that Obama called the prime minister to offer his condolences for ALL victims because the previously released statement was incredibly insensitive, suggesting that the only thing we care about is the loss of American life. This is how casualties have been reported in the war in Iraq, but I expected more of Obama. It seems that he has now delivered.

    November 29, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Steve51

    Mr. Obama is in a very "tight place" politically and historically! As the first "Black President", if he's good to great as President then his historical record will carry others of Non-white races into our government also. However, if he is anything other than a good or great President, he'll set non-whites back a long way in the future of our country and it's political history. I pray and hope that all Americans will support him as he tackles all the problems which lay before his administration! We as the people whom he'll be representing deserve, very well, the Best President possible at this hour of need in our time. I hope that he's up to the task! It will be a sad day for all of us if he doesn't keep his promises made on the campaign trail and do all the things we are hoping for. But we ARE hoping for a very great many things for him to perform. Now he's faced with the grim reality of trouble between India and Pakistan! Also the Russian gov't is making moves in "our" hemisphere! There's so much bad in the world and no one man can handle it all! God is the one who is in control of everything and He's the One who'll get this world Right in the end.

    November 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. JOE KILOZ

    LOOKING,,,,,,,,,,,,,,REALLY,,,,,,,,,,,,,EXCITED,,,,,,,,,,,,,AT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THE,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    CHALLENGES,,,,,,,,,,,AHEAD...................

    November 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Debby

    This is a good gesture by Obama since he is going to take office in little over a month or so.

    November 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. SDunn

    caroline1 November 29th, 2008 2:11 pm ET

    I am happy to hear this. Huffingtonpost first posted his statement offering condolences, which only mentioned "American" victims, of which there were 6 out of 195 and climbing, which shocked me. Why did he not say "American victims AND victims from around the world"? At any rate, 95% were Indians. I am glad to see that Obama called the prime minister to offer his condolences for ALL victims because the previously released statement was incredibly insensitive, suggesting that the only thing we care about is the loss of American life. This is how casualties have been reported in the war in Iraq, but I expected more of Obama. It seems that he has now delivered.
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    Obviously Caroline you missed his initial statement which included ALL victims? Or did you just conveniently ignore it?

    November 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Peggy the Unemployed

    Barack Obama can't win. If he didn't call, people would say he must support terrorists. I won't go into the whole "he isn't president yet" subject. But even if he was, he still wouldn't have sent troops into sovereign nation will being asked for help. The Imperial Presidency has lasted long enough.

    November 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. citadelgrrl05

    Real Conservative..you are a real racist!!! Blacks vote for whites all the time , how do you think clinton and other dems. got elected? and it is whites that normally don't vote for black. but FYI..There are not enough black people in this country for Obama's win to only be based on that..pssst..THERE WERE A WHOLE LOTS OF DESCENT WHITE FOLKS THAT VOTED FOR OBAMA TOO..LOTS OFF THEM PROBABLY SOME IN YOUR FAMILY IE YOUR SPOUSE..guess what come 1/20 he will be the president...HAHHAHAHAHAHA..how do you like us now!! YOU REPUKES ARE IDIOTS. YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERYTHING, AND THE MAN IS NOT PRESIDENT YET, HOW ABOUT YOU GET MAD AT YOUR DUMB PRESIDENT, WHO WILL GO DOWN AS NOT THE WORST PRESDENT IN HISTORY, BUT THE DUMBEST TOO, JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM. BUSH SHOULD DO US ALL A FAVOR AND RESIGN, HE IS INCOMPETENT, AND A LOOSER AND HAS DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY, 1/20/09 CAN NOT COME QUICK ENOUGH. Thank god for a smart, good, descent man that will be president obama.. I bet it makes you racist republicans so mad that he is a smart black, competent man, and the icing on he cake is, you will have to see his face everyday for the next 4 years and have to see people salute him and treat him like royality..Oh of god I love it .karma and god are an amazing thing!! oh and just think about it, if it wasn't for bush being such a looser, we would have never been blessed with a president Obama that is one thing I can thank bush for, he finally did someting right!! God bless America and PRESIDENT OBAMA .

    November 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. LisaHussein

    It's obvious that people like JoeinNJ haven't a clue about the thought process of the oppressed. Your strategy of killing all terrorists is about as realistic as killing all gang members - IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN. The only way to stop terrorism is the same way you stop gang bangers – give them MORE TO LOSE by engaging in that activity. When folks have no hope and NOTHING TO LOSE, there is no way you can curb their behavior. Joe, you probably think that the US has no fault in this. Just like you probably believe that the U.S. didn't breed the environment that makes gang banging a viable alternative. All I can say to you is. 1. read (I suggest starting with Slavery by Another Name) and 2. travel (I suggest a developing nation). Then you will see that we have to clean up our act before we can expect terrorism to go away.

    November 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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