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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Dorothy in NC

    To "phone calls don't solve terrorist problems" maybe that is why we have so many problems in the world. If people would learn to communicate and try to understand each other, maybe, just maybe there might be alot less fighting, terrorism and war. It isn't working bullying, maybe a different approach is the answer.

    Also, Bush should stand aside. He and his administration screwed up our country enough. I don't know that anyone can straighten out and repair the damage Bush & his admin have done. It is truly sickening.

    Bush's legacy? How about this.
    "Bush has erased the statement that Hoover was the worst president of all times. Now there is a tie."

    November 29, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. GA for Obama

    That's Obama-- Hey, idiot! Yes, you should! He is NOT THE PRESIDENT YET! HIS TERM STARTS ON JANUARY 20, 2009. He is doing the duties of PE. That's why Hillary and McCain wern't elected.

    November 29, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Texas Teacher

    Phone calls don't make a President: Let me reiterate at the expense of sounding redundant!

    Barack Obama is NOT the President YET! HE has NO Power to send anyone anywhere! And McCain could not have done so either unless Bush authorized the request.

    So why don't you critics just shut up and let the man BECOME the President.... NOT the President ELECT!

    Get a grip, People! Be Serious! On the attack already... and you can bet that you will be every step of the way! GET OVER IT.... YOU LOST! 🙂

    November 29, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. JIMMY




    November 29, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |


    November 29, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. GuyinIowa

    I am all about Obama acting when he's president, but there is only 1 president at a time.

    Someone please tell me where the office of the president-elect is????

    I want him to do good things but I won't stoke his ego. Evidentially his prayer not to let pride get to him went unheard.

    November 29, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Linda32

    You people are crazy. Of course all President-elect can do is call to show that he is involved and aware. What has Pres. Bush done? Have we even seen him????? You are crying that Obama is only making calls and speech at the same time crying that he is only the President-elect and to stay out of it. Which one is it? The man did the right thing. He is showing that he is engaged. More than I can say for others.

    As for strategy, they need to investigate and evaluate the situation before reacting.

    November 29, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Watermann

    Is anybody out there who understands how the actual situation in the US looks like or how President-elect Obama is supposed to act in such a situation, or are most of you just to ignorant to see that he can not do more?

    As by today he has done much more and more involved than the incumbent President

    November 29, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. PW Va

    When will you Bush/Cheney/Rove supporters get your heads out of your unmentionable orifiices and FINALLY come to the realization that every attack doesn't always mean an immediate counter attack!!! That is the same kind of nonsense that has our young people fighting wars on two fronts at this very diplomacy was involved...just attack, attack, ATTACK!

    Thank God...we will now have leadership where cooler (and much more intelligent) heads will prevail. Stop being so UNPATRIOTIC and support our President-elect!!!! Or else...pick a better country and...MOVE TO IT!!!!

    November 29, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. k

    To the Palin fan:

    Yeah, she was myob'ing until she was nominated for VP. Everyone now knows what happened.

    November 29, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. w.l. jones

    Some people have forgotten another continent in perales from tenth century untile twenth so give them time to work out there different.

    November 29, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. zgomer

    Your darn right there is only ione president at a time and Obuma ain't it! so he should keep quiet until this nation is to fall to it's knees forever as the biggest mistake is to take place since gutless Carter was president.

    November 29, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. catmom

    On one hand people are calling for Obama to do something, on the other hand when he does something criticize him for acting as President. Boy, I sure wish these haters would just stop whining and complaining.

    November 29, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. vernah petersen

    Samantha Power is one of the best writer in her own. I have not read (her) book but there are so many issue that need to solved. Every new bi-partisan group will taking place to run the "white house" are alway not the same as the previous group. Senator H. Clinton is a smart person but to run the whole country it need the inteligent. So, senator H. Clinton was not my choice also. We will see what the new group will do. President elect-Obama is new and need a lot of support from democratic groups.

    November 29, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Airborne

    Some you bloggers have a lot to learn and I am having the strange feeling that I am reading some 12 year old kids...To the haters, Obama has won so get over it – how patriotic is it to try to weaken your president with nonsense comments? Judge him from January 20 through 2012 and above all you owe him respect. If you can't show wisdom try to show at least some level of maturity

    November 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Thinking

    Hey scott and others like you !!!instead of jumping into conclusion , why don't you wait and see or give Obama a chance. what do think McCain will do right now if he were elected?? the fact is he has been in Washington for the last eight years, what have he done??? took the Country into RECESSION AND THOUGH TALK!!!!!

    November 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. A Really Conservative Realist

    Obama to Indan PM......

    "You know it's Thanksgiving over here...and you know buddy, I'm thankful for how lazy our country has become. All I had to do was promise money to folks who didn't earn it and, wallah, I'm the President. Oh, and it didn't hurt that blacks vote for blacks, but hey, that's not racism, is it?"

    November 29, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Max

    "If McCain had won, 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—-

    What does Obama do?—He makes a phone call."

    That's a good mark on Obama, if anything. America is not the world police.

    November 29, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Hannah Stevens

    All these people speaking out against Obama calling the Prime Minister of India. What has your president bush done? Has he made any phone calls to India? When you have an AWOL president somebody has to do something. But then bush has been AWOL all of his life hasn't he.

    November 29, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. GK

    Hope at least now the world realises that Pakistan is not trust-worthy. Fact of the matter is, they created and supported these terror organisations (Lashkar-E-Toiba, Taliban, Al-Qeeda, etc) to harm their rivals (Afghanistan, India) and now they have grown so big that they (Pakistan) themselves have fallen prey to them. Pakistan still provides safe haven to many terrorists who did harm in India. The problem with the US is, they will now AGAIN advise calm and restraint, so that Pakistan's focus is not distracted from its western borders. How Myopic, how stupid and how so wrong. When will we learn. These terrorists are no one's friends. If it happened in Bombay, it can happen in New York, London, Sydney, anywhere.
    Waitng for the REAL War on Terror to begin !!!!!!!!

    Go Obama. Be true to your word of Justice and righteousness.

    November 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. chris of STL

    One thing that came out clear was that the terrorists had support from Pakistan. There is a void of leadership in Pakistan, and the terrorist groups are running amok, including al-qaeda. The best thing for the whole humanity is to take action NOW by going into Pakistan and flush out all terrorist groups. If the US doesn't go along, India should not hesitate to do so and exercise its own 'Bush Doctrine" ...

    November 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Irishspacemonk

    Wow, a quick glance over the comments reveals the idiots in the Republican Palin party still exist. Right, McCain would have sent in the military, to do a job the Indian military was responsible for doing, and caused a war to erupt between India and Pakistan. That's exactly what the world needs.

    November 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    Chris Ludlow..... not all comments get posted.... suck it up, Man.... *LOL*

    There is NOT one person here who has not be rejected at one time or another.... it hurts, I know! Rejection is always painful! *LOL* But you get over it... and the wounds will heal, my friend! Trust me..... 🙂

    November 29, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Odd

    Just like Obama, anounce that you he did something he should not do until he is sworn in, and then remind yet again that there is only one President at a time. The only person who seems to struggle with this concept is you Mr. President Elect. Don't you have another Oprah show you can do or something else to keep you busy?

    November 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Joe Regis

    I hope we will move quickly to fix the instability created by the Bush administration in dealing with foreign nationals and other countries by capturing and send them to different places in the world to be tortured.

    It is obvious that this administration created the condition not only for a global recession but also for a global revolution (à là France 1789).

    This new administration has a lot to do to repair the image of America in the rest of the world. The closing of Guantanamo is a step in the right direction.

    November 29, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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