November 14th, 2009
10:21 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama in Singapore for APEC forum

(CNN) - President Barack Obama, on his first Asia trip since taking office in January, arrived Saturday in Singapore to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.

In addition to the meetings with the APEC heads of state, Obama plans to hold three bilateral meetings - with the leaders of Russia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Earlier, he told a packed house at Tokyo's Suntory Hall that all Americans should know that what happens in Asia "has a direct effect on our lives at home."

The president leaves Sunday for Shanghai, China.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. seebofubar

    Any chance we can lock the door while he's out?

    November 14, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. sifto77

    Just call him the "bowing to his superiors" liberal.

    November 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    Sounds like he's on another one of his world wind apology tours.
    Odd that obama can fly off somewhere, make hasty meetings with other leaders but he just can't make a simple decision on a request for 40,000 more troops from the area commander in Afghanistan. What is he waiting for....2013?

    November 14, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. China's Recent Sale of Jets to Pakistan - Is Obama Learning about Asia?

    USA gives 1.5 billion dollars in "aid" annually to Pakistan to feed its hungry and refugees, and to fight terrorists. Some of it probably was loaned by China to USA in the first place. Pakistan spends the "aid" to buy jets from China. So it's Chinese money going back to China. Hope President Barack Obama is learning about how "Global Trade" works in Asia during his trip to that part of the world!

    November 14, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. islanderata

    Did you see on the non government web sites Mr. Obama doing a submissive bow to the emperor of Japan ? It is becoming more obvious that Mr. Obama has more issues than we thought.

    November 14, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Fed Up

    Of course it directly effects us. They own us!

    November 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. not alone

    Only goes to show just how much we've been sold out by both sides.

    November 14, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    I am an Obama supporter, but his Administration is neglecting a few of the most important issues. Regarding Asia, our business leaders – with the cooperation of Reagan, Bush (the good one), Clinton, and Bush (the other one) have sold America out. We are now deeply in debt to the largest Communist nation in the world – namely Red China. They led us into this disastrous global economy, which is based on long, fragile supply chains and which depend on our many of our enemies. They did this so they could get rich, and they did.

    Now America can defend itself, but it can't feed itself, clothe itself, makes its own cars, make its own TV sets, make its own computers (all of which we invented), make its own medicines, or make many essential products. Conservatives wouldn't turn our armed forces over to the United Nations, but they turned our economy over to Communist China, middle eastern nations that really hate us and would like to see us all dead, and others.

    Suppose middle eastern nations get together and decide not to sell us any more oil until we withdraw all our troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, and Europe. We would have to cave in. We can't live without oil (Jimmy Carter tried to warn us 30 years ago about this), and when gasoline hits $15.00 a gallon, we will toe the line believe me. What if China decides to cash in their debt unless we quit doing business with Latin America and buy all our merchandise from them? We would cave in.

    Conservatism and America's CEOs haver stolen our economy and sold it to the lowest bidders.

    November 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Terry from West Texas

    islanderata wrote: "Did you see on the non government web sites Mr. Obama doing a submissive bow to the emperor of Japan ? It is becoming more obvious that Mr. Obama has more issues than we thought."

    You lie!

    November 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    OMG! A President with good manners and dignity. The world must be coming to an end.

    November 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Good grief!

    So sick of watching this talking head bobble from side to side reading his teleprompter. And teleprompter NEVER says anything concrete about anything. Yes, teleprompter, we know "that what happens in Asia has a direct effect on our lives at home."
    EVERYTHING that happens in the entire world has a direct effect on our lives at home - duh!

    November 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. victim of republican greed

    I thought Fox would give you wingnuts a day off. A simple request for 40,000 troops. The idiot from Texas dithered for 8 months and did not fill the request, leaving Obama to fill it in March. What was Bush waiting for? Oh yeah, he was completely ill equipped to be president.

    November 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. victim of republican greed

    Bush always gave the Saudis a kiss on the cheek and a big hug. For him, it was just like a family reunion.

    November 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Impeach them all

    Hopefully when he lands in China, they Quarantine him there for the next 3 years, like they do some politicians. Since Obama is so eager to accept more money from China, they have nothing to lose, since he is already paid for. Like I said before, he may be President, but he is no Leader. Before 2012 elections, Obama will have many names. Obama the Submissive will probably the most used, along with Obama the Apologizer.

    The Country voted for change, but they never said change for the better and you ended up with this guy. This Country needs to Impeach every single person running our Govenment and start over from scratch without the Corruption. Then we will have REAL Change in America

    November 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. ib

    He's for cap & trade but every week he is flying somewhere. How big is his carbon foot print; almost as big as Gore's. Hypocrite.

    November 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. W l Jones

    Strange! The president meet the heads of State of other nation is bad. We call it in my neck of the wood knowing your way around other people a ace in the hole. We the people of America is a global nation of people.

    November 14, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Dan, TX

    Who is the most powerful leader in the world? Putin? The emperor of Japan? The premier of China? What country is the most powerful in the world? China? Russia? Japan? If you think it is America, you are an Obama supporter.

    November 14, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Jimbo

    Maybe Scott, Tuscon if you were the parent of one of those 40,000 troops you are in such a hurry to send off to Afghanistan you might feel a little different.

    November 14, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Carlos

    You can bet he will be bowing a lot when he gets to China, considering that they own us lock, stock, and barrel now.

    November 14, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Stacie

    President Obama is representing the US very well. Thank God we don't have that bomb, bomb, bomb Iran guy there. Or worse, the Barbie Doll who let Arab leaders drool all over her.

    November 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. virginia nielsen

    What a bunch of HATERS and IGNORANT people !!! Like never before in my 59 years of life I'M PROUD of OUR PRESIDENT !!! Feels good to have an ADULT in the WH....God bless America and OUR competent and responsible COMANDER-IN- CHIEF !!!!

    November 14, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. victim of republican greed

    What is a wingnut? So far, we know that they claim to be Christian, but turn their back on their fellow man. They are pro life, and yet, they are pro war. They are against taxes for the wealthy, but don't seem to mind if the middle class pays for the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. They want a smaller government, yet want government to control women's bodies. They are against government agencies, yet support Halliburton/Blackwater/Xe. They claim they want to support the constitution, but are against anyone who is different from them to have the same protections afforded by bill of rights and the constitution. They have no faith in the American judicial system, or our elected officials in congress and the president. They are always complaining jobs have been sent overseas, yet they are anti union. They are also supporters of the news networks of a foreign billionaire whose sole purpose is to tear down President Obama, and do not believe in fact checking.

    November 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Loup Garou 782

    Mr obama and his supporters are just proving to the world that we in the United States of America are bad people and we owe an apology to the world community for who we are. He was elected to provide that service and is doing well at the task. Wake up people he hates democracy, the constitution and Caucasians.

    November 14, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Abdulazeez

    That is his way of showing respect and that does not signify weakness. Rather than reading meaning into the man's action every time, you guys should just shut up and look for something useful to do.

    November 14, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Carol

    Excellent speech, watched the whole thing on CNN. Thanks CNN. Couldn't help notice how well he was received, and no one throwing a hissy fit in the background from the Republicans.

    November 14, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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