July 29th, 2008
11:13 AM ET
6 years ago

A day of high-profile meetings for Obama

Obama holds Tuesday meetings with Secretary Paulson and Prime Minister Gilani.
Obama holds Tuesday meetings with Secretary Paulson and Prime Minister Gilani.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Spending a rare second day in a row in Washington, Barack Obama is speaking Tuesday with the country’s top two economic officials as well as a visiting prime minister, highlighting his emphasis on the economy and foreign relations that has dominated both presidential campaigns in recent weeks.

Tuesday morning he spoke with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson by phone, and later in the day he will meet with Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke. These talks come on the heels of Obama’s Monday roundtable with almost 20 economic advisors during which he said the country was in an “economic emergency.”

Since arriving back in the country following an eight-day overseas trip that garnered some criticism because of mounting economic issues at home, the Illinois senator has made assurances that his focus going forward to November’s election will be the struggling economy.

Also on the agenda Tuesday is a sit-down with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who met with President Bush on Monday. Obama often talks about the need for a close relationship with Pakistan to better combat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the lawless region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Obama has criticized the Pakistani government for not doing enough to control the region and said during the primaries that he would authorize U.S. military strikes inside Pakistan if the country declined to act on intelligence about targets.

On Monday’s edition of “The Situation Room,” Gilani told Wolf Blitzer that a recent U.S. attack on an Al Qaeda suspect inside the country was a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. He urged more cooperation and less unilateral action, saying, “Americans are a little impatient.”

Before heading off Tuesday night to campaign in Missouri, Obama will also meet with House Democrats as well as leaders of women’s groups.

Even with all these meetings, there are two hours planned for “private meetings” that the campaign is remaining decidedly mum about.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Economy • Henry Paulson • Pakistan
soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. eric

    One candidate is pro-active, the other is entirely reactive. You take the guess of which is which and who'd you rather have in the White House.

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. NoMcSame

    Obama leads McSame follows. He talks about Obama all day as if he is Obamas biggest supporter. What a shame to be McSame. Poor old man don't know which way to turn. If he wins it is only because he is white and not because he is the better of the two. The American white people are looking more and more stupid to the rest of the world. Rather lose their houses, money and just plain go down in flames before they elect a blackman as president. If McSame is elected the rest of the world will turn its back on us and say ok cowboy you think that you can, then go at it alone. Our America is crumbling down right in front of us but we are so insane that we will stay on the same path to destruction because of the hate that is within. Well white folks the joke is on you.
    Rush, Sean, Bill and the rest of their ilk laugh at you all the way to the bank. You think that you are one of them? Ha ha. Do they have the same thought as you when they go to the gas pump, pay bill or buy food? Don't be a fool. Don't think like a fool. Change your ways people.
    Obama08Obama leads McSame follows. He talks about Obama all day as if he is Obamas biggest supporter. What a shame to be McSame. Poor old man don't know which way to turn. If he wins it is only because he is white and not because he is the better of the two. The American white people are looking more and more stupid to the rest of the world. Rather lose their houses, money and just plain go down in flames before they elect a blackman as president. If McSame is elected the rest of the world will turn its back on us and say ok cowboy you think that you can, then go at it alone. Our America is crumbling down right in front of us but we are so insane that we will stay on the same path to destruction because of the hate that is within. Well white folks the joke is on you.
    Rush, Sean, Bill and the rest of their ilk laugh at you all the way to the bank. You think that you are one of them? Ha ha. Do they have the same thought as you when they go to the gas pump, pay bill or buy food? Don't be a fool. Don't think like a fool. Change your ways people.
    Obama08

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Mike, TX

    The Pakistani PM best be careful, Obama has already said that he would invade Pakistan (guess he doesn't yet realize that Pakistan is a nuclear power or about its relationship with India).

    Regarding the US economy, we may be struggling now, but this is nothing to the misery that an Obama administration will put the country through.

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. bella

    Inside Obama's mind: Oh well, these bitter voters didn't buy my rock star persona on this recent world tour.....guess I better throw them a bone and talk economic again. Perhaps, I'll wage an even bigger, better, noisier with a list of hollywood star to boost for the next rock star concerts!

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Brian

    He's got the tools... he's got the talent! Obama is READY. TO. LEAD.

    OBAMA '08!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Tom

    "Spending a rare second day in a row in Washington" – I wonder if you can fire him for not doing his job? If I only showed up to work 2 or 3 days in 2 years I would be fired...

    July 29, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. former republican white man from california for Obama

    we already know what Mc Cain is doing today.Same thing as every day! ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK! I just hope he finds some attacks to use that don't blow up in his face as all the other have. The republican party today is completely overrun buy right wing extremist in much the same way the democratic party was during the Clinton administration. Sen Obama is far more to the center than the republicans would have anyone believe. They just want to spread hate fear and lies that is all they are good for.

    July 29, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Biffington, Biff

    And the attack on ANYTHING Obama does begins INNnnnnnn 3.....2.....1.....

    July 29, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Tony Z- MD

    Sounds like he is handling business and trying to get things in order. Tomorrow his plans will become McCain's idea.

    July 29, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Franky

    I gotta say, that was a pretty good inteview with Wolf and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Some good stuff there! Is good to know that the Prime Minister wants to communicate...

    July 29, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. James Hussein, SC

    Senator Obama tries to find Real answers for real problems.

    or

    we can,

    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge
    Vote for McSurge

    July 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. ExDemocrat

    Regarding to economy and foreign relations, this arrogant, self-centered candidate will have pure talks only!

    July 29, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    SMART, INTELLIGENT.

    I want our money spent here.

    July 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. aaaa

    GO OBAMA YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON ON U.S. MAP THAT CAN SOLVE THE WASHINGTON PROBLEMS AND TROW ALL THE BUMS OUT.

    July 29, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Jayson

    There is no point in talking about energy policy as long as Democrats and Republicans refuse to discuss an energy policy that is truly comprehensive and doesn't just focus on the special interests that either party is beholden to.

    July 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    Wow!!!

    From acheiving world peace and hope–to unilaterally attacking Pakistan if they don't fall in line!!!!

    Does anyone else see a conflict with the publics presumed understanding of and Obama Presidency–and the image he is now portraying as we move closer to the general election–and the nation still seems him "weak" on national defense and commander-in-chief credentials??????

    Is it just me–or is he appearing a little "hawkish"?

    Will the real B. Obama please stand up!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Hey, HEY! What about the surge?!?!? The ssssuuuuuuurrrrrrrggge . . . the surge, the surge . . . oh, wait, that's Senator McCain's line . . . that'll be up shortly, right?

    July 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Venus

    Welcome home Obama!

    We missed you!

    Now... back to what matters...

    July 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Tara

    Why has McCain not done these things. Is he so smart and knows so much that he can't talk directly with our financial leaders. Ohh I forgot his only financial advisors are Big Business.... Wasn't it his top financial guy telling us all we are just " a nation of whiners". I guess its very easy to say when you are sitting on top of a huge beer fortune.. And the Repubs call Obama Elite... please

    July 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. MDB Baltimore

    The most important aspect of Obama's speech has been lost in translation. Especially when it comes to our narrow minded republican constituency. From the old African proverb: IT TAKES A COMMUNITY.

    Well folks, our community is not bounded by our neighborhoods, states, or country any more. Money, education, trade, terror, disaster, and support is world wide. If we are to confront terrorists, it must be done as a united front (it takes a community). Obama called on other nations to cross the bridge, unite, and protect!

    As a note to you haters: The foreign policy message and speech consistently given by Obama contains nothing to hate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WAKE UP AMERICA... IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT!!!!

    July 29, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Michelle

    "Obamanomics: Recipe for Recession"
    Wall Street Journal

    July 29, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. bill for barack

    It's time for the people who say they still don't know enough about Obama to close their mouths, open their ears and pay attention – and they just might hear the one thing that will never pop out of John McCain's mouth – a reasoned and reasonable policy, aan intelligent, complete and well-thought-out agenda for delivering this country from the moral and economic bankruptcy of the Republican party.

    July 29, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Another flip-flop for McCain??? You decide.

    "There is nothing that's off the table. I have my positions, and I'll articulate them. But nothing's off the table," McCain said. "I don't want tax increases. But that doesn't mean that anything is off the table."

    That comment drew a strong response this week from the Club for Growth, a Washington anti-tax group. McCain's comments, the group said in a letter to the Arizona senator, are "shocking because you have been adamant in your opposition to raising taxes under any circumstances."

    Indeed, McCain frequently has promised not to raise taxes.

    At a July 7 town-hall meeting in Denver, he said voters faced a stark choice between him and Democrat Barack Obama.

    "Sen. Obama will raise your taxes," McCain said. "I won't."

    July 29, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Sane John

    All I'm sayin' is, give Smart a chance.

    Americans tend to vote for idiots. Let's break that trend!

    Obama/Hagel 08

    July 29, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Proud of Obama

    Obama's recent trip abroad has set the stage for other nations to begin to be able to trust America again. That is of vital importance to our national security.

    GO BARACK!

    July 29, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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