November 29th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama calls Indian prime minister

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Simmy

    This new president of ours exudes leadership!

    Stay tuned doubters, you will eat your words before it's all said and done! This is a leader to be proud of!

    November 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Jane

    He is not the President. He needs to know his place in this world and as of today he is not THE PRESIDENT.

    November 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. doesnt matter

    great, all we are going to get from this guy is a bunch of speeches

    November 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Rocky

    Hello People..........Sen. Obama is not authorized by the Constitution to do anything yet EXCEPT MAKE A PHONE CALL! I'm sure Pres. Bush, in all his great competency, will know what to do. He is proud of his record.

    November 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. 1/20/13

    I thought Obama's going to change the world.....The little Obama childrens choir told me so. What happened to world peace from the messiah, and all the respect world wide that would come from him.

    Remember he's going to change us and rearange us, Obama's going to lead us Obama's going to change the world.


    November 29, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. doesnt matter

    every time there is a problem to big, he says one president at a time

    November 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Alistair

    Where was Bush in all of this MIA and Obama he answer the 3 AM phone called.

    November 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. dzung,frisco,tx.

    phone call dont solve the terrorist problem:
    if Mccain had won.... what about your beloved sitting president! what did he do?? nothing! why isn't he send the troops over there to help them out.Is he chicken now,since Cheney do not run the show any more,seems to me that he could not make a decision now.

    November 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Liberated

    Why is there no comment box following the Bush item lower on the page? He is still the Pres. but won't be commenting until he returns to Washington – easy to put down Obama – Bush has been missing in action and on vacation for 8+ years..

    November 29, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Nancy from FL

    He should apologize, considering this is ALL HIS FAULT.

    The end times are here!!!!! ūüôĀ

    November 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Palin Fan

    Osama going to mess things up, put this country in the worse shape it's ever been in and when we finally get a good president, he and his cult followers will just blame it on the new guy(or gal). Then the cult will be scrambling to put another lame duck in office and we are on a roller coaster ride frrom hell. When will this country wake up and realize we need a solid middle of the road , level headed person to QUIT SPENDING MONEY! If I were PRESIDENT Bush, I'd put Osama in his place until if and when he is sworn in.

    November 29, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. diplomat

    One sunny day in 2009 an old man approached the White House from across

    Pennsylvania Avenue ,
    where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the
    Marine standing guard and said, 'I would like to go in and meet with President Bush. The Marine looked at the man and said, 'Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.' The old man said, 'Okay' and walked away.
    The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the

    Same Marine, 'I would like to go in and meet
    with President Bush.' The Marine again
    told the man, 'Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer
    resides here.' The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.
    The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U. S. Marine,
    saying 'I would like to go in and meet with President Bush. 'The Marine, somewhat agitated at this point, looked at the man and
    Said , 'Sir, this is the third day in a row you
    have been here asking to speak to
    Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides
    here. Don't you understand?'

    The old man looked at the Marine and said, 'Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.'

    The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, 'See you tomorrow.'

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    November 29, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    I'm Glad McCain didn't win because he would have "called for special forces and swat teams to be sent to support one of our most important allies in their time of trouble‚ÄĒ-"

    What does Obama do?‚ÄĒHe makes a phone call.

    BTW. President Obama did the right thing, he don't have the power yet to do anything. See that is why we are in the mess were in now, because Bush reacted to fast with Iraq and look how the last eight years been. Please use common sense poster. (Detail first before reacting).

    November 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Obama 08 and 12

    You people who are critizing Obama for making the call would be critizing him if he hadn't or he had taken some sort of action. He did the right thing in acknowledging it in a call. Don't sit on the sidelines and boo...just what would you have done?

    November 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. renee

    Shame on you Americans!!!! so vile and vicious...I am blown away by it all.

    November 29, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. jetlagg101

    President-ELECT Obama,is taking the right course of action.I read that some would want to send Special forces and military support.Why? This country has a military and resources to handle the aftermath of the attack.Yes they are our allies and we should support them as such but not by sending in the troops.unless we are asked.We have been a country at war for awhile now.Terrorism won't go away as long as some idiot straps a bomb on and thinks (his God) is ok with it.
    I say we need to be supportive of this new administration.The next few years is going to tough on us all.
    For the families that lost loved ones my heart goes out to you.I wish it was a better world for us all.

    November 29, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. kate

    That's Obama:

    I'm confused–what exactly would you have him do? What can he do before he is president? What could Hillary or McCain or anyone else do in this situation? Only the president has the power to act in this situation. And pretending that you can have an effect when you can't–as McCain tried to do when he suspended his campaign–is childish and pointless.

    It's funny, there's no pleasing everybody. Some people are saying he should be deploying troops, other people are saying he's arrogant for even calling the Indian PM when he's not yet president.

    November 29, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. In North Carolina

    For those posters on here who have keep thinking that Obama should do more...remember there is only 1 President. For those people who wish he would "get over" his self because he is not President yet, must realize that leaders in other countries have been attempting to contact Obama looking for answers and help with their countries. Just like this article states, Obama continues to advise EVERYONE that he is NOT the POTUS/President of the United States UNTIL January 20th 2009!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Lost in Texas

    I see the haters have taken over this so far but they need to unify their have some saying Obama is NOT yet the president and he should mind his own business, then you have some that say he isn't doing enough. I think that further proves how bright the far right haters that post here are.

    November 29, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Texas Teacher

    Barack Obama is still the President Elect. It appears to me that it is more his opposition than his supporters who expect him to WALK ON WATER! He is the one who appears Presidential at this point... NOT Bush!

    Oh, ye of little faith, nay sayers, and sore losers…. hold thy words and thou shalt see that a good and honest man has been brought into office…. and in time thou shalt have to eat thy words!

    And, SERIOUSLY….. Get over it! YOU LOST! *:)*

    November 29, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Ray Fisher

    Great job Mr. President!!! Though not your official title yet, tis respect which earns the title not mere elections. President Obama has more than earned the title thus far by simply acting in the best interests of our nation versus other also rans and never should have beens. Once we emerge from these dark days of transition and turmoil we may have a chance at a good life after all, maybe...

    November 29, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. misanthropicus

    Was this important to know? What a bunch of sycophantic clowns you are! When will you stop adoring this narcissist who simply can't live without being in the limelight?

    November 29, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Dorothy

    I am honestly not sure what you expect this man to do. He has put together a kick-a team of leaders who are waiting THEIR TURN to take over the leadership of this country.

    Based upon the mean-spirited comments above, I don't think that any of you guys voted for Obama in the first place and are looking for any reason to criticize him. Can you at least wait until he gets into office and DOES something first?

    You want him to fail, and I fear you will be disappointed yet again. Brains, patience and true leadership will trump bitter partisanship every time. It did on Nov. 4th.

    November 29, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Gisele from NY

    Senior analysts on CNN and people in these forums have repeatedly called for "leadership" from a white house where there is none. So Obama tries to do what he can even though he is not the President yet, and he gets bashed for doing it. The fact of the matter is that Obama's hands are tied. He CANNOT act now. So all of you people who are bashing him are out of line. Obama cannot change the 12th amendment. He will not be president until Jan 20, 2009. I suggest you wait until then to start judging his actions or inactions!!!!!!!! For now, this is the way it is.

    November 29, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Remi N.

    Sore republicans loosers, stop crying about Obama. Let me remind you, you need to grow up, because Obama will be your President the next 4 , I mean the next 8 years.
    Your dum and sorry Bush didn't do any good for the country, so please, shut your sorry winning....You are as sorry as Bush.
    We have now for the next years a smart President .
    Please judge your choice you made: Bush ! Your choice says everything about yourself.

    November 29, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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