July 29th, 2008
11:13 AM ET
10 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. Dave C - NJ

    Does this SAME OLD STORY sound familiar???

    "Obama is arrogant." A little vague folks.

    "We are sick of the rock star treatment." Rock stars are white with long hair. Obama is treated well because he deserves it.

    "Obama has no experience." Want experience? Vote for Dick Cheney. I rather take a Democratic dog catcher than GOP goon with 100 years "experience."

    "Hillary supporters will never vote for Obama." Whatever. Hillary is voting for him so grow up. Besides, Hillary got into office because of her husband. Just like W got there cause of his daddy.

    July 29, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Finally, some real solutions after eight years of facism, incompetence and fiscal irresponsibility!

    July 29, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Frank

    People need to stop contrasting discussion of the economy with discussion of foreign affairs. They are inseparable.

    The primary example is all of the nonsense about reducing our dependence on "foreign oil."

    From an economic point of view, there is no such thing. There is only oil in a global market. We produce more, the Chinese and Indians consume more. Oil is Oil!

    The only way to reduce the economic and political importance of oil in the U.S. is to USE LESS OF IT!

    July 29, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. California Gold

    Obama is indeed tapping into a wealth of expertise and knowledge to round out his campaign. McCain sticks to Phil Gramm, refuses to meet with anyone who has an opposing view or challenges Gramm wisdom. McCain is the old style politician with a narrow approach. Obama keeps the lines of communication open for the free flow of information because he understands the dynamics of the global market. McCain rejects diplomacy and dialogue with foreign governments: you only need a big military and a bumch of flags to convince voters we are on a greater mission, which is never clearly identified. Obama understands we are no longer an isolated country; diplomacy and a big military are necessary.

    July 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Mike in Houston

    Gilani shut up. Oh okay to make a premptive strike against Iran because you THINK

    July 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. TRUTH

    Some of you have a problem with arrogance. I would say that you are out of touch with reality. Any man or woman that thinks that out of the billions of people in this country they can solve our problems and can run the country must wake up every day arrogant as hell. So, think about it. Every president and presidential candidate of our country must be arrogant. I don't want some average minded idiot running this country – again.

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. 100 yrs in Iraq

    ========obama 2008========

    July 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Mike in Houston

    Gilani shut up. Oh it's okay for McCain to make a premptive strike against Iran because you THINK they have nuclear weapons as McCain thought that Iraq had WMD even though all evidence stated they didn't, but let Presid--I mean Senator Obama know that Pakistan is Harboring al Queda operatives and it's not okay to strike at them. Wow get outta here with that BS

    July 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Will in Richmond, VA

    No Ideas, huh? No experience, huh? Empty suit , huh?


    Obama seems to be the most proactive, forward thinking candidate for President I have ever seen. He is getting his advice from the right people. And he is meeting the right people.

    Gonna be an awesome November!

    July 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Whats left in your wallet?

    Go Obama.I love how the truely moronic listen and believe Limbaugh,yet they dont have the guts to say he is their guiding light.They would rather believe in an aged drug abuser than the truth.

    July 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Lola

    No, no Obama, just focus on your talks only! You are good at giving speeches blah blah blah blah blah..!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Dumbama is a disaster.

    July 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. dollorbil

    The only international policy we need is to bring back our skilled jobs and our industrial base. It's the economy stupid. That should be the main subject and focus for any presidential cantidate!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Richard

    Hillary suppporter for McCain!

    Arrogant Barack HUSSEIN Obama thinks he is going to wave a magic wand and change Washington overnight!! Dream on!
    Go back to school!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Greg in Annapolis

    Keep it up Obama! You are looking more and more Presidential every day! You are making us proud!

    July 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Karen - Missouri

    obama shows he is eager to listen/talk in order to get this country on the right track again. All McCain does is pout.

    Obama is the man we need as president.

    July 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I really like the fact that Obama seeks out and sits down to listen to the best experts in the country, regardless of their political affiliations, when it comes to complicated issues like the economy. Obama will make a great President.

    July 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Yes, every time Obama meets with someone. it is truly brillant, and proof he can run a country of 300 million people. Of course it will be the first time he ever ran anything, but hey, why not start at the top,. Don't bother with the mail room if you can start as CEO. Obama triggers my gag reflex. His Borg-like drones do so as well.

    July 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. obama is unfit to be president of this country


    July 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I am an avid Obama supporter, but in the past mostly because of my overwhelming disappointment with McCain's incompetence. Now, the more I watch Obama, the more he completely inspires me that my support for him is well founded.

    He gets the big picture! We are in a global economy: we must strengthen our ties to allies, maintain our international borders and remain focussed on international affairs if we are to embark on this journey of recovery. We are not alone in this world, and Obama knows it, acts on it, and 'uncovers' the hidden solutions!

    His intellect, research, judgement and inspirational qualities are a justification to all of the informed citizens, around the world, rooting for and supporting him on his march to the White House. We are not let down by this man, he talks the talk, and he walks the walk.

    In a nut shell: I am increasingly Proud to be voting Barack Hussein Obama!!

    July 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. MI for Obama

    Even as a liberal-leaner, i'm getting a little tired of the excessive coverage of Obama. Give me some McCain stories too.

    July 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Texas trail puppy!

    WOW!! Love him or hate him, but at the end of the Day one has to admit that this Guy Sen Obama, is 100% dedicated in his job of restoring America to the Great Nation it once was and soon will be again come November!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. ANGIE

    Lets go people vote the smart intelligent not the old and cranky!!! obama/hagel08

    July 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. sweat equity group

    you talk alot of smoke what have you done to really be the President of this great Nation. One piece of legislation just one, you are implying alot based upon a "trust me speeches" If you are truely lucky and get the position for which you are not qualified for hope and promise are like pie crust easily made and easily broken your going tobe a transition Pres. 1term and gone. 😐

    July 29, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Shelley

    Bush policies of cutting taxes for the wealthy have led us to the biggest deficit ever. And this deficit occurred after Bush walked into office with a surplus. How can we even consider sending another person into office who wants to continue with the same tax cuts for the wealthy strategy? I want to climb out of the deficit, not dig deeper. I am happy to see Obama strategizing with real and legitimate economists.

    July 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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