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. East Coast Bum

    I like Obama's idea to fix our nations birdges first before we let that money out of the country. Also, why am I stupid for being a Liberal. I understand your view, but because I have mine, that does not make me stupid. I just wish for a better and safer world, not how much money I can make. How much can Bill Gates take with him to the dirt nap? Exactly my point conservatives. I just ask that you re-think your life and what it means to really live and not just accumlate wealth. Do something worth while, go serve the homeless at a soup kictken. No amount of money will make you feel that way. But I guess you don't think these people deserve to eat because they are slackers or drug useres. Then ask yourself why very old rich men at the end of their life give that money away, because it don't mean SH*@ in the end, just how well you lived. I am glad to be a global citizen!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Sacto Joe

    Senator McCain is on the same old Republican train. Tell the people what they want to hear, scare them to death, and appeal to their greed.

    Take oil: To say that drilling for more U.S. oil will make us less dependent on foreign oil belies the fact that it will CONTINUE our dependence on oil in general.

    It also fails to acknowledge that it has been the REPUBICANS who have put us into the position of addiction in the first place.

    For all his talk of supporting renewable energy and clean energy, Senator McCain does not represent the Republican position on this.

    And that's just one issue.

    July 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    Obama is the best candidate with the right judgement for president and NOT JOHN McSAME!

    July 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. McSurge Sucks

    "James Hussein, SC July 29th, 2008 1:48 pm ET

    Senator Obama tries to find Real answers for real problems.


    we can,

    Vote for McSurge"

    Dude, that was funny.

    July 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Mohammed

    can we please make a smart decision for once and vote the Smarter guy this time ? Lets just actually vote for someone who is different this time instead of the same crap over and over and over again. Or do people actually vote for the same crap so they can complain about how things never change ? I dont get it

    July 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Lesley

    Obama is meeting with leaders and making plans for our future and McCain spends most of his time spitting out negative campaign ads and attacking Obama for absolutely everything he does. Obama is choosing not to get distracted by McCain's dirty politics but to continue on with his message. That's the way he will organize the WH if he gets elected, staying focused and on point. The McCain campaign is so disorganized it's pathetic. I hope this guy doesn't bumble his way into the WH because Americans are afraid to vote for Obama for whatever reason. Wake up people!

    July 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Dave, Illinois

    The Obama toads sure fill up these bloggs quickly, so I better get a comment in while I can. Obama doesn't have any economic experience. So he surrounds himself with "experts", nods knowingly, rattles off a few economic terms, and viola! – he's the best qualified candidate on the economy. Obama doesn't have any military or foreign policy experience. So he surrounds himself with a bunch of foreign policy "experts", goes on a field trip, pretends to be the president, makes a few speeches, and viola! – he's a foreign policy wonk.
    The pattern here is that Obama is all show, no substance. No wonder the Hollywood crowd and the shallow MTV crowd loves him so. Read his followers comments on these bloggs and you get a picture of the mentality of sheep that blindly follow a charasmatic leader. No wonder he was a hit in Germany!
    Oh, I doubt this gets past Obama's CNN censors.

    July 29, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Ron

    Although he is only a Senator today, it seems to me that Obama is doing all the thing our current president SHOULD BE doing. Where was this guy 8 years ago and maybe we could have avoided this whole mess.

    No one is perfect but I have to say that Senator Obama isn't going around creating false ads about not visiting wounded troops or single handedly raised gas prices. He is tackling real world problems and has identified that America's economy woes are not confined just within the borders of the United States but request the mutual cooperation of world markets.

    July 29, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Obama 08: mature, white woman

    ...and McCain spends another day talking in front of supporters at a town hall meeting.......McCain supporters should wonder why McCain did not attend the Unity Conference where questions are not biased in his favor.

    July 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. jr

    aaaa July 29th, 2008 1:49 pm ET


    And, Barack please remember that when your throwing the bums out most of them happen to be of your own obstructionist do nothing party. It would be the perfect way to show all of America that you really are about change and have a truely bipartisan approach to getting things done. OR NOT!

    July 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Steve/Houston,TX for Obama

    This man is really on a mission to change this country around and get us out of the red. I'm praying for you Obama that you maintain your strength throughout this long process. I know you gotta be tired. Meetings after meetings!!!! For the McCain crowd, yes health IS an important issue; a major issue. In order to continue with meeting our world leaders and really address the needs of Americans, you have to be strong in will and health.

    OBAMA '08

    July 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. MD in GA

    Sane John,

    I couldn't agree more. Time for some real intellect in the White House. Stupid doesn't work on a small scaleso what ever made anyone thing it would work on as grand a scale as the Presidency of the United States. Glad I didn't vote for GWB. I have nothing to feel guilty about. Stunch Repbulican on the other hand...

    July 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. David Newport, OR

    What this demonstrates is that if he can get 270 electoral votes (which I am not sure he can) is that he will be ready to deal w/ the problems of American from Day One. Republicans will view this as arogance. What do you want America? A president capable of handling the pressures? One who attempts to be 1-step ahead of the problem? Or one that only joins the team if there is enough public opinion to warrant it? BTW...now McCain is saying he would support a 16-month timeframe in Iraq...after criticising Obama endlessly, he decided this was really a good idea because the American people support it. I wonder why McCain didn't give Obama credit for this idea?

    July 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    Since when is it good for the economy to require a majority of honorable hard working tax payers to pay for the ignorant financial decisions of a small percentage of Americans and mortgage institutions ( with reputations for intense government lobbying and political campaign investment).

    Thanks for creating and now trying to fix the mortagage bubble–along with your colleagues of course–all at the expense of honest and taxpaying Americans.

    We need more government like we need more lawyers–not at all.

    July 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. The Truth

    The foolishness here is to believe Obama taking a week trip now gives him credibility with these issues.

    July 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Informed Voter

    Young & Smart

    Democrats 08!!!!!!!!

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

    Who annoited Obama with the label of 'judgement' ?

    How on earth can you claim a person has exceptional judgement when he doesn't have a record of decisions to judge???

    Oh, that's right. Voting 'Present' shows great judgement! Enjoy your socialist president...

    July 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. mwm

    seems very presidential to me.not wasting endless days attacking a has-been senator,who is taking the fall for bush's corruption.

    July 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Former Republican

    I agree the Sane John,
    All America has voted this new millenium has been untelligent individuals with powerful connections ( that includes you McCain) , It's time for the corruption to stop and lets fix the nation before it goes haywire.

    OBAMA '08

    July 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Ted - Ohio

    Let's vote for the Smart guy this time around. He's very impressive, very methodical, very focussed and he stays focussed on his message. Let's vote for the smart guy. We've tried the other thing, it doesn't work!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Susan

    This the the "Real Dea;" candidate. Does not claim to be perfect, does not act like the Republican Junk Yard Attack Dogs, is thoughtuful and willing to work withh all people. I, for one would rather him in the White House than McCain, who has control issues, and no plans for anything other than to continue an illegal war!

    July 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Dragon Lady

    First CHECK out how all the millions in donations are being garnered! Read about the LOBBYISTS. OB is in bed with the rest of them. Being a politician is all about how much money you can raise and keep!

    July 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Proud American

    Obama for Prez!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Barack the Vote in RI

    King Abdullah of Jordan actually cut short his vacation this week so he could meet with Obama....not grandpa Mccain and not dumb arse Bush. For him to specifically seek out Obama must be like someone who works in a nursery all week finally getting a chance to have a conversation with an adult.

    PUMA girls/HRC zombie supporters/closet racists take note....Obama is the answer.

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. AL

    3 ....
    2 ...
    1 ....... McCain's going to say something stupid... wait for it, wait for... it...

    Then he is going to FLIP

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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