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. Easton LAW in FLORIDA Blue State

    BUSH Is Clearly a L.A.M.E DUCK! CROOKED Paulson is Calling All The Shots Right Now! Why wait till January 20, EVICT THEM NOW!! Nice Job Mr. President Elect!!

    November 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. ugh

    "phone calls don't solve problems" – you're an idiot. Obama has no power yet as commander in chief – a phone call is all he can really do. If McCain had won he wouldn't suddenly have the power to send in a SWAT team. Are you that dense?

    November 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Sushi

    Oy vey, these comments.

    November 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Tina

    Some of the comments here speak to the absence of Civics in our schools today. What else can President-elect Obama do other than make a phone call? He cannot provide any forces to India, precisely because he is not yet the President, unfortunately. It has been decades since a new President has had so much to contend with coming into office. While the financial and international crisises take place, all we have right now is Bush.

    November 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. sherbug

    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 if the Indian government didn't want U.S. special forces and U.S. swat teams. That's the trouble with you Repbulicans, you think everything is solved by throwing more troops at it, whether our troops are wanted or not.

    November 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Adam

    He made a phone call to offer his condolences. That is a perfectly reasonable and allowable phone call and I would hope that had Sen. McCain won, he would have done the same exact thing. He was merely reminding the Indian PM that any decisions related to this tragedy would have to come through the current president, President Bush. This was a great way to let the PM know that he is aware of the situation and cares about what happens without making any sort of a Presidential move.

    His statement about the situation is also perfectly within reason. He is in recognized leadership position in this country as the incoming President. He simply hasn't got the power to make policy changes yet... but he is allowed to make a statement of his and his administration's feelings on the matter. That is smart actually. It lets the world know where he stands on things before he comes into office.

    As for the present votes... McCain has missed many votes all together, more than President-Elect Obama (as a percentage), in fact. Voting present is merely a way to show dissatisfaction with a bill. It doesn't mean you don't have an opinion. It means you support the idea, but there is some flaw in the execution that you can't support. Both of their voting records are searchable online with the actual records from the Senate meetings. I suggest reading them.

    November 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Kate Henry

    Hmmmmm…funny enough. Ok, there is one president? I guess Obama never considered such before asking for more stimulus packages before Bush leaves office? White sepulka!!
    Oh, I see. You would rather have an incoming President who did no pre-planning before he takes office. Especially when the country is in the middle of a serious financial crisis?

    Sounds a lot like what your President, the one who will no longer be President on January 20, would do. Remember how he stayed on vacation until he took office, then went on vacation again after he took office?

    November 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Mirage2008

    Bush needs to resign NOW! Let Obama take over ASAP!

    November 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Kate Henry

    Craig from NC
    I wonder if India and Pakistan will go to war… I think most countries recognize that with the incoming administration there will be little will to fight.
    So, you would like to see Obama be the world's cop, fighting other country's battles for them?

    I am sure that Obama will have no problems fighting when it is necessary. But, he is not going to "shoot first and ask questions later" like your idol, GWB did.

    November 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    THE MCCAIN-PALIN FREAKS are out in force today.

    What a bunch of haters. Hell, why am I pretending? What a bunch of racists!

    November 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. A Real Feminist

    And so we're back to the real war. The war on terror that we seem to have forgotten about and given terrorists cells around the world time to regroup, re-plan, and refinance. President Bush and his administration are clearly not chess players because if this were a match, Osama bin Laden would be the winner. On 9/11 two symbols were taken out, the pentagon and the world trade centers. Our defense and financial institutions which are both in serious jeopardy at the moment. After 9/11 Bush comes out and talks to the American public about being an ownership society and taking advantage of the low interest rates. What if the terrorists plan involves more than brutal violence? What if these attacks are a distraction from the terrorists other efforts? The terrorists wanted to cripple our economy and defense. What if they have? Interesting that no one in the MSM is pointing out the possibility.

    November 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Brina

    LOL at all the hate still being sprewed over here. All of the people complaining should run for office since you think that you could do it better.

    November 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Ann

    The U.S. is bankrupt. There IS no money, only worthless dollars and IOUs to communist China. Yet the patriotic warmongers swam this site, ready for another war. They have learned nothing from the past 8 years of the worst foreign and domestic policies in my lifetime. Enlist now! Let the government sell the house underneath your feet to fund another war-'cause we're just not happy unless we're in a fight, somewhere, anywhere.

    November 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Wally from Gladwyne, PA

    Sarah Palin also called Prime Minister Singh.
    Here's the conversation:
    “I justed wanted to tell ya that Todd and me and Trig and Trap and Malamut and all are sittin here in Alaska solvin the crisis but wanted to take time to tell ya that I’m going to be proposin but in working with these kings and what not who again on the front lines are forced to be over there and its maybe time to open that door and help God find those solutions to the challenges facing our own state of turkeys every day being held accountable cause ya know I can see Asia from my porch and so we gotch 'er back here in Wasilla the next time the terrorists pop their heads and try to spread the wealth and stuff like they do in those Communist countries like Africa where they don't look at all like us real Americans up this way... but I said to 'em, "NO to that bridge.' and ya know Todd's dad used to wear somethin' called a Nehru jacket do you know that designer over there in Pakistan cause they never heard of his line at Neiman Marcus...Mr. Singher?... are you still there? Hey, this isn't that Canadian DJ guy again, cause you sure sound Pakistani and almost had me fooled again."

    November 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Sezi Demirkilic`

    It's about change on Mr. Obama is doing just that. There might be one President in the US, but the one who is at the helm is incompetent. At least President Elect Obama is showing the world that he is planning on making friends with other nations rather than more enemies. I, for one, am glad he is involved and showing the US in a positive light and proving that Americans do care about other nations and their plight. Terror needs to be stopped. Bush promised that to us for 8 years and he actually managed to create more. His famous words of "dead or alive" still ring in our ears. Where were you, Obama questioners, when Bush was making his claims? Why did you not demand Bush follow through? All Bush managed to do was put our soldiers in harms way, kill innocent civilians, and create more terror groups. AND, you think Pres. Elect Obama has a big ego and needs to stop putting himself in forefront? At least he cares and that's a lot more than we can ever expect of Bush who only destroys.

    November 29, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Flash Gorden /-\

    2 or so years ago, I read where someone stated that Obama has "liquid personality". I think he is going to issue in a new era for America and I think he WILL go down in history as being one of the best presidents ever. In these tumultuous times, he keeps a calm, cool and level head and truly cares for people. I do not care what the pundits say or do anymore including the re'lic party. For you see, they have become tumescent among themselves. Time for new leadership AND a new party. The re'lics have not kept up with this changing world and are being left behind to disaffect the rest of whats left.

    November 29, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Carol

    Well if there is NO LEADER someone has to TAKE OVER and considering its his administration that is coming up in January 20th and beyond he decided to step up. Some of you dont get it. You complain that Obama can't protect us from a terrorist attack and yet you are not bright enough to realize that if he doesnt TAKE OVER that it will give the impression that no one is in charge and make the country even more vulnerable. THe reason why he keeps pointing out that Bush is the current President and that he supports his decision is because the last thing you want to give is the impression that we are a DIVIDED COUNTRY.

    Thank goodness we have a real leader finally because if we follow some of you we would be in deep crap right about now. We really need a more educated citizenry no doubt about it. Cause unfortunately many of you dont even remember the last time you use your brain.


    November 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Patrick

    Only if you stay on offense in the war on terror, Iraq, and Afghanistan will I support you.

    November 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Andrea/ CA

    To Palin Fan and other morans. Of course he knows he is not the President, and a Phone call is about the only and decent thing to do in a situation like that. He is walking a very fine line,he has to be ready by 1/ 20/09, he can not do to much now. But either way there are so many stupid people out there, that no matter what he does you guys will find something wrong with his decision. Get over it, he will be our president, and for God's sake open your minds.

    November 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. MommaSchell

    The Bush administration has pretty much checked out. Our country needs a leader, even it's an individual who is not officially in charge of it until January 20.

    November 29, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. anon

    You conservative/die hard republican idiots are a riot! Before Obama won, you all had everything in the world to say about he won't win, now that he's won and you all look like a$$es and harp on to a whole new level of stupidity and negativity it's beyond funny. I guess one of these days your keyboard will start popping off keys because you have to type your stupidity for 4 more years plus. Keep it up, it's fun to watch!

    November 29, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. peacelover

    Guess what all you hate filled, fear mongering, war loving morons..... If your answer to a terrorist attack is more terror then you deserve a tragic death for yourselves and your children. I for one want PEACE on earth for all. So get off my planet before you destroy it for the rest of us peace lovers.

    November 29, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Wow, is the RNC still paying this cronies to spam nonesense in CNN and other blogs?

    If he would have been silent throughout these attacks you would have been up in arms, saying hes weak etc etc. He said it! Its only one president at a time. And are you people really that dumb? Do you really think all he said was, "Hi. Only one President at a time. SOrry for loss. Goodbye."

    You conservatives lack one single cell competence!!

    November 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. gpaul

    Seems kind of like "pick and choose."

    Sometimes he acts like he is the President, then when
    it comes to difficult decisions like the big 3 bail -out
    and anything to do with violence, he tells the world
    that there is only one President.

    Seems like he wants Pres. Bush to get any blame there
    is for decisions the public won't agree with, but when
    it comes to good things like the "stimulus that he will sign
    on to Jan. 20, then he will take the credit for that.

    Whatever.....Pres. Bush is blamed for everything since WW2 anyway.

    November 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. MargaretO

    I can hardly wait until January 20! Obama is definitely a great man and will lead this country well.

    November 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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