November 14th, 2009
10:21 AM ET
5 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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  1. Jarge Bush

    I wish Amuricans would stop blaming Amurica's problems on me. When I was in charge, I was the decider, but not the thinker. It was my close handler and friend Karl Rove who made me do all of the things I did. Lord knows, I was not smart enough to create a Power Point presentation about WMD and brief them at the UN. Shucks, if it wasn't for Rove I woulda never been president of anything. He was one of those nerdy type studyers in school, so he had the edjukation to make me popular with the right people, who knew if I was elected, I would let them keep on not paying corporate taxes while the middle-class takes it up the ol' caboose. Yes I said to bomb Iraq for attacking us on Sept 11 even though they had nothing at all to do with the attacks. I'm still amazed that we were able to pull off that one. I went on TV and convinced 300 million people that Iraq was resonsible for 9/11 while evryone knows most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia (golly gee, it took me 8 years to finally lern to spel that word "Saudi Arabia"). Well, I gotta go now, I smell my angus steaks burning on the grill. Dern that Cheney, I told him a thousand times to stop burning the steaks! But he won't listen. Heck, he still thinks he's the president even after I told him our days are over.

    November 14, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Carol

    Let's just call his bowing to the Emperor of Japan, showing humility and manners.

    November 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    God, you Obama haters are tiresome. Do you guys ever take a break from seething?

    November 14, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. please open your eyes

    Perhaps this would be a good time to take your head out of the sand, or wherever else it is, and recognize that in Japanese culture, a bow is the equivalent of the American handshake. It does not imply submission of any sort, it is a greeting.

    November 14, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. TS Central NY

    Did it ever occur to anyone here that bowing in Japan is the equivalent
    of a hand shake over here in the USA? Please keep up these brilliant
    comments.

    November 14, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Kung Foo

    Hey there little miss "Islanderata," why you so upset 'bout Obama bowing to the Emperor? Mr President Bush himself bowed to Hitler on a daily basis. There policies were nearly identical: one supreme white race, one man in charge of everything, ultra-nationalist, no room for democracy or dissent from the citizenry. At least Obama gets and deserves respect from world leaders and honors other cultures. The only friend Bush had while in power was PM Tony Blair, who paid a heavy price for listening to Bush's insane ideas and policies.

    November 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    So now he's the “pacific” president. You go Mr. Ego become president of the world like you want to be. Don't worry about us pesky Americans.

    November 14, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Independent

    When I read the blogs of people, I need not wonder why we have soooo much stupidity and radicalism in our politiics. God please give us anouther viable political "ADULT" party

    November 14, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Tim

    How many apologies so far?

    November 14, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. B

    What a concept a, get out and communicate with people around the world !

    November 14, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Tim

    Obama says we shouldn't act stupidly when discussing the Fort Hood terrorist.

    He's such a pathetic apologist that he deserves zero respect. Let's make Fort Hood and the NY terrorist trials into what they should be, a giant circus. Until those in charge start to take these people for what they are, the scum of the earth, I refuse to take anything they say or do about the situation seriously. I'll treat everything they do like a 3-ring circus, because that is what they have made it.

    November 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    islanderata – was it a "submissive bow," or a sign of respect? I would hope the President of the United States was fully briefed on how to respond to these foreign dignitaries, and would do so accordingly. But that's just me.

    November 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. juliet hartford ct

    i would like to say to all the nay sayers...shut up...because the republicans was in office we act like we are the only country in the world and we can do things all by ourselves, if we alienate every country and when the united states gets in a world of trouble...we have an old sayer no man is an island and no man stands alone...if america would humble ourselves and make some friends ..when we are in dire straits....other countries will not turn up their noses up at us when we need help...so unless you get a daily briefing from the all the dept and you are president of the united states...we need to close our mouths and let him do his job we hire him to do.

    November 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    This guy is a disgrace to our nation. He goes to Japan and talks about 'FIRST PACIFIC PRESIDENT'. What is it? Last time he went to Germany and said that he is 'World Citizen'. He was elected as our president and he cannot deliver. He thinks that talking big in japan and Asia, he can get back his credibility. First of all he does not know what to do. He goes and gives a big speech but next moment the speech will have another tone. He is a joker and it is time to throw him our earlier than usual. He is now bring ths GITMO circus to NY. He is behind all this rhetoric and he wants to talk about the last 8 years of Georoge W. Bush. What about his one year in office until now?

    November 14, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. you media devide....

    Show some backbone Obama and act like a leader. We the people
    can be respectful without being submissive....We need leadership..get it...???????

    November 14, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Clark

    He seems to be more proud of his Asian-Pacific roots than he does being an American.If he likes it there so much why doesn't he do us a BIG favor and stay there.

    November 14, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Lynne

    Islanderate: A slight bow in Japan is the same as a handshake in America. Those of you in the "bubble" that America can go it alone in a global world are out of touch.

    Scott, Tucson: So are you going to volunteer or send your relatives to Afghanistan without any strategy or goals just more fodder for roadside bombs?? Even McCrystal's plans stated that increased troops requires a credible, trusted gov't.

    Sp sad that the same people have nothing in life except to sit at theor computer to write ill informed, hate filled comments about the President.

    November 14, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Making a bow to a Japanese person is a sign of respect – our equivalent of a firm handshake.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    People who think otherwise just hate the President and will say anything to slam him.

    November 14, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Ted van Tol

    Well SCOTT there is still a lot to apologize for!

    The napalm in Vietnam,
    the killing in South and Midle America by deadesquadrons instructed by the CIA,
    the support off Sadam Hussein against Iran,
    the support of the Taliban in the 90ties,
    the lies to start a war in Iraq

    How many innocent people, children, woman and elderly people, has died during these actions and is anyone brought to justece for that?

    Why do you use a double standard every time, is the life of an
    American superior above the lives of others in this world?
    For the almighty we are all the same!

    Ted van Tol, The Netherlands

    November 14, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    To Scott in Tucson: It's not a "simple" decision to send troops into Afghanistan.

    Keep in mind that Bush and Cheney sat on that request for 8 months. Why? Because they knew it was a difficult decision, and they decided instead of manning up and making it, they'd wait until after the election.

    You know, in case things went badly, it would once again remind Americans just how incompetent they were. It would have reflected badly on them, then-candidate McCain and the GOP in general.

    Lovely, wasn't it, the way Bush played politics with our soldiers' lives?

    November 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Love the way posters here say things like "probably," then present a line of thinking as fact that they just made up.

    You Limbaugh-Beckies are totally incapable of thinking – for yourselves, let alone at all!

    November 14, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Dear Scott in Tucson, want more troops in Afghanistan so bad, just sign up. Nothing stopping you. You can leave tomorrow if time is of the essence. They can always use one more piece of cannon fodder. I know, it is always so much easier if it is somebody else or their loved one.

    November 14, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Marie Laveaux

    It is customary in Japan to bow to everybody, not just the emperor. It's like shaking hands in western cultures. Perhaps if some of you didn't have your heads so far up your butts you'd know more about Japanese culture. Our President's respect for other cultures has been a great asset to the standing of the U.S. internationally, unlike Yosemite Sam, who alienated just about every one except England.

    November 14, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. charlie in Maine

    Come on ,

    Let the hate roll. He didn't bow far enough to one or bowed too far to others, I swear if my President were to "walk on water" some of you right wingers would develop a new concern for water pollution and demand he file an impact statement on the effects of his feet in the water.

    Here's an idea: Why don't you try what I did with George W. Watch the news and when he does something really bad complain then. Otherwise if you complain about nothing no one will believe you when he screws up. ( he is human so I am sure he will) Or maybe you have resigned yourselves to the fact that he is a good President and you are sick of waiting for him to really mess up. On that level I can't relate.. George W always came through for me.

    November 14, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. slick rick

    This is not any apology tours and never was Scott. Don't get it twisted like your brain is. You and other conservatives. Obama is looking out for the best interest of our country. People like you are nuts

    November 14, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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