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. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This shows to me that Obama is willing to listen to those that have more knowledge about things than he does. Obama shows how smart he is because he listens to those that have a greater depth of knowledge about specific subjects.

    I wonder how many four letter words the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is thinking when he talks to Obama. The critizism of the lack of Pakistani response to the tribal areas has got to get under his (and others) skin. It would be nice if there was a little more zealous action in that area.

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Texas trail puppy!

    BTW Obama Please stay focused!!! leave that Old clown McCain to continue running around in circles grasping at straws.....

    July 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Darryl of Arlington Texas

    McCain likened himself to Dean and Gephardt in order to sidestep charges that his recent flouting of rules related to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) federal matching funds program, a system he helped create and which benefited him tremendously in this election cycle, is illegal.

    A major difference between McCain and Gephardt and Dean, however, is that the FEC approved Dean and Gephardt requests to drop out of the public financing process. This time around writes Democratic National Committee General Counsel Joe Sandler in an e-mail to Democratic Party supporters, "John McCain decided to break the law by ignoring the rules laid out as part of the federal matching funds program."

    July 29, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Concerned in Alabama

    We really need someone to fix this economy and bring our troops home. That's why we need Obama.....not the Mcsame OLD same old....get my drift?

    July 29, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Nom Deplume

    CNN and the rest of MSM:

    Keep talking about this. Eventually everyone will believe that Obama knows what he is talking about. You have the minds of most of the nation at your disposal and your candidate is nearly there. Keep pouring on the coverage. It is no time for feigned objectivity–let your true colors show, Comrades!

    July 29, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. NY State of mind

    McCain, a flop a day will keep the truth away!

    WASHINGTON – Republican presidential candidate John McCain's signal that he may be open to a higher payroll tax for Social Security, despite previous vows not to raise taxes of any kind, is drawing sharp rebukes from conservatives.

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    McCain's shift has come in stages, catching some Republicans by surprise. Speaking with reporters on his campaign bus on July 9, he cited a need to shore up Social Security. "I cannot tell you what I would do, except to put everything on the table," he said.

    He went a step farther Sunday on ABC's "This Week," in response to a question about payroll tax increases.

    "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."

    July 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Hugh in NY

    The right person at the right time!

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. NY State of mind

    July 29th, 2008 2:16 pm ET

    McCain, a flop a day will keep the truth away!

    WASHINGTON – Republican presidential candidate John McCain's signal that he may be open to a higher payroll tax for Social Security, despite previous vows not to raise taxes of any kind, is drawing sharp rebukes from conservatives.

    McCain's shift has come in stages, catching some Republicans by surprise. Speaking with reporters on his campaign bus on July 9, he cited a need to shore up Social Security. "I cannot tell you what I would do, except to put everything on the table," he said.

    He went a step farther Sunday on ABC's "This Week," in response to a question about payroll tax increases.

    "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."

    July 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Joel in Corona

    A win for McCain will put into power a guy that is going to pretty much tote Republican Party lines.

    A win for Obama will put into power a guy that is going to pretty much tote Democratic Party lines.

    If you disagree, please make sure your brain is working, before typing in the future. Neither is the savior, or the Second Coming. Don't Dilute yourself. Obama's wavering on the war should be evidence of that. It's a shame that a guy like Ron Paul, who at least appeared to be more of a personal liberty candidate couldn't get more play. I don't understand why anyone would want bigger, more expensive government telling them what to do. Good luck people! You deserve what you tolerate.

    July 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. BR

    Gave a roaring speech (that he plagarized lines from) and now he is the smartest man alive. Wasn't the first time large numbers of Germans were hoodwinked. Maybe we should learn their lesson, not to follow the self proclaimed Messiah

    July 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    I am sure he said if I TAX those making over 250K to death and redistribute the wealth to the poor that will help them buy cars they cant afford as well as extra cell phone minutes on phones they dont need.

    Ever drive through bad parts of DC every driveway has a Lexus, BMW or Mercedes in it. I cant even afford one how do they.

    Socialism does not work

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

    The CNN Political Ticker reads like an Obama infomercial. Despite criticism, it persists. CNN just doesn't care that they are comming across as bias in favor of Obama.

    July 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Lorna, NY

    Good, While McCain and the RNC is bad mouthing him, he is actually getting work done. he is focusing on the issues of the American people. Thank you President Obama.

    July 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. PUMA

    Has Obama admitted to giving the prayer he left in the wall in Israel to the media after first saying it was private?

    July 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Is McCain still visiting with the Dali Lami?

    July 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Tejano

    In 7 days he is now the expert on foreign affairs. Give us a break. I lived in Europe and traveled North Africa, Studied in Spain and have
    degrees in Political Science, but I am still a novice in foreign affairs.
    One thing I am sure off and that is the Arabs cannot be trusted, The Russians cannot be trusted, The French cannot be trusted, The Germans cannot be trusted , etc, etc, etc.
    Americans are the most trustful people in the world and the most gullible. How else can you explain the rise of a know nothing politician
    whose agenda is contrary to the views of the Average American.
    Only in America do we elect people to public office whose interests are in conflict with our national ideals.

    July 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Obama-Junkie, IL

    That's want I to see, hear, and read about Obama going forward. Focus on the economy. Obama is looking more and more presidential everyday. Good move by the Obama campaign to quickly re-focus on the economy with two high-level (and much media coverage) meetings with advisers and leaders in the economics community. Forget about last and this week's polling data. Look for next week's polling number to be more accurate of the national sentiment.

    July 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. zina

    Thank you, Sen Obama for focusing on the issues while the Republicans stick to smears.

    July 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Good job Sen Obama, but you need to start talking about right now putting about 100 million barrel oil to the market from our reserves, putting a lock on social security money box, start talking about pay as you go, if you have the money fund something this country don't it, stop unfunded E-MARKS plan, close the tax loop hold for corpration that have headquarter in places like Panama and other places to keep from paying taxes, country is losing a lot of taxes money. Give the American People the same health care that the president, congress and the senator have, our taxes are paying for theirs, also if a company want to move overseas or mexico they should compensate that town for moving and lost jobs. need to build new oil refinerys. (16 month is to short maybe 24 month to bring the military home) just a few thing that would help America I hope Sen OBAMA read this or Sen McCain read this. Go Obama

    July 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. insanity

    You hit the nail on the head 'Sane John'. People vote for idiots because they think the said idiot has the same values as they do.
    We need smart people to rule a country. Not a person you think would have a beer with you.

    Vote for a smart, capable person this time. Vote Obama.

    July 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Barbara

    Senator Obama did what McCain asked him to do and that was to travel to Iraq...he did. It's incredible that he was out of the country for what about 8 days and came back taking care of business. All we've heard from McCain is negative talks about Obama...just a lot of rhetoric. McCain, if you had any sense at all you will realize that's what cause Hillary the democratic nomination...negativity.

    Opinion: try not to bait Senator Obama into doing anything else...especially if the outcome will be as possible as the Iraq, Berlin etc. trip.

    July 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. DEX

    Go Obama, you are exactly what America needs. Let McCain and his angry campaign continue to attack to hide their weaknesses and continue to be about the America people's business. I just hope and pray that Americans will recognize this through the mud that the McCain campaign is throwing. They just don't understand or CARE that we the American people are sick of the same old big boy politics. We have evolved and look forward to real solutions.

    July 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. ILUVOBAMA

    be careful Obama, McCain may be looking to steal these policies as well....

    July 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Herman in LA

    Why is America so dumb down to vote for McSame? It's just they way they like it keep them dumb and so we can rule.

    Vote Obama 4 change

    July 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. E. Scott

    I personally cant wait to have Jeremiah Wright as Secretary of State.

    July 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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