November 14th, 2009
10:21 AM ET
12 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. FloridaPatriot

    Where are the jobs? They were outsourced to China years ago by the corporations who like non-union low paying labor overseas without any interference in their business practices. These corporations can make cheaper in Asian countries just check your latest purchase and read the label. Always remember this rule, if the corporation can get the same amount of productivity with less people why do they need you. We need to start exporting more than importing tell that to your congressman or senator at least the President is trying a new approach while everyone is still stuck in the old model of doing things what used to work is obsolete like most of the jobs that people used to have.

    November 14, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. jim

    pathetic republicans still whining away with nothing but name calling.

    when will they just try to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.

    November 14, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. KarolAnn

    President Obama has an understanding of other cultures; what a unique gift after eight years of bumbling international diplomacy.
    It's called manners.

    November 14, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We better all pray President Obama keeps our Asian Bankers from calling in all the US paper notes they are holding. Think before you speak because there is more involved than most of us can't wrap our small brain around. You need to pay attention to people like Warren Buffet who know and understand the necessity of what our President is doing.

    November 14, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Uh ... uh... uh...Obama

    Here I go ... up, up and away ... I just love flying all over! Any decisions I need to make I can do tomorrow ... or the day after ... or the day after that. I just love flying in MY plane.

    November 14, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Mlhall

    Scott, Tucson, If you know so much about being a President why don't you run in 2012 and save the world.

    November 14, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Barbara - a Canadian Perspective

    Oh for gd's sake... President Obama is following protocol.... you know, showing RESPECT for the country and its heads, according to traditions..... something some in Congress, and on the posts could take note of in speaking to, or about, their own leader. You guys make me sick..... always looking and stretching to say something negative about your President!

    November 14, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Shelly

    When you visit some else's home (country) you bow or shake hands whatever is the custom for that home or country. Just manners, folks. Too bad the pie holes posting above have none. I just love the couoch potatoes who have NEVER done much of anything in their sorry lives complain about the President AS IF they have any clue what he does on a daily basis, I 'm sure he accomplishes more in a day than you do in a month!!! YOU people are the problem, why not just go stay with the village idot in Texas and be happy!

    November 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. German,Irish American

    Absolutely disgusting, the other world leaders slap this naive uninformed apoligist around like a third grade school child. Without his teleprompter he uuuum aaaaah uuum sounds like a total idiot. Maybe the MSM should check into who did this "intelligent" President's work assignments, in order to get his affirmative action grade curve in college to even graduate, another affirmative action Magna Cum Laude joke, in college.

    November 14, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. danel

    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."
    That's a true statements. If China stops bankrolling these wars, buying our treasury notes there will be an adverse effect to the lives of every American especially the people in wall st.

    November 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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