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. Sheryl Tx

    In spite of all of the Attacks from Senator McCain,Sean Hannity, Fox News and the Republicans.....you are taking care of America's business .....keep up the good Work Senator Obama

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. ProudToBeDemocrat

    I hope the American people learned their lesson by voting For Bush twice, and giving Bush the idiot a green light to invade Iraq in violation of Iraqi sovereignty and international law. From history we learned no powerful country stayed powerful forever, according to law of gravity what goes up must come down, so my fellow Americans we need to becareful not to let power get to our head, we are all powerless as nobody can control or prevent his/her morality. Lets pray for God's forgiveness. My advice to conservative republicans is stop using God's name for political tactics. Politics and Religion do not mix.

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Joel

    Finally someone is taking action against all these hateful rumors. This support of the union is so important, and their vote alone could cause some of the swing states to go for Obama. We just cannot have four more years of these incompetent Republicans who care about nothing except themselves.

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Caroline, Kentucky

    I love this man!

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I always say where there is smoke there is fire. So if AFL – CIO is denying something, there must be some truth in there somewhere.

    Besides Obama is the riskier of the two candidates. I am afraid of his immature decisions and his hesitancy to go to war when everyone in Congress, the President and foreign leaders think we should.

    Obama is a flipper of the worst kind.

    Watch him try to resurrect the welfare queen industry. if you want someone to protect our values pick McCain, if you want some risky leader choose obama.

    He lives in a state of denial about the surge..........................

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Rob

    The Obama and Gilani meeting is very important. As Obama has stated many times. The key to the War on Terror is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not Iraq where the Bush/McBush Oil interests are.

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. William, from Cali!

    Its my hope, "something", from these "bright minds" will be learned; as a result of these meetings ; that will "bear fruit" and better the economy after 1/20/2009................Keep hope alive!

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. pat C.

    i second that vote...obama/hagel
    has a true ring to it.
    obama is certainly showing the world how credible he is. thank god for BARACK OBAMA!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Debbie

    I want someone with experience in the White House. Obama is too young he need a few more years under his belt like Sen. Ted Stevens, Replican from Alaska for instance. THAT man has years of experience.

    July 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Amber

    Obama is intelligent and most importantly a thinker! He has a vision for this country. He is exactly what America needs.

    Obama 08!

    July 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Scott, Wichita

    He looks a lot older now than he did a year ago

    July 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. JD

    Mr. Uhhhummmbama, an elected U.S. Senator from Illinois spends "a rare second day in a row in Washington"? Now THAT is funny!

    July 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Phil From VA

    E-Scott... old news man. Stop hating. This man has run a excellent campaign and will run the country the same way. McSame can't even get countries right. His campaign cannot excite people or get funding. Sad.. but people like you will only vote for the same .....

    July 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. carolflowery

    oh that eternal pointing finger
    just remember your thumb is is pointing back at you

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. russell

    Well E .Scott , I see your one of the idiots that constantly pulls this country in the wrong direction , get a grip and do some research......................................vote OBAMA08.

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Latina for Obama

    Yes John!! lets give smart a chance...

    OBAMA 08 and beyond

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. NoMcSame

    They can't hear you Obama for they are too busy looking at you tanned skin. America is on fire with no one to put out the flames. The good ship America is going down do to HATE. What a shame.
    Study hard, work hary, love your wife and take care care of your kids and the fruits of the great country is yours to be gotten. What they forgot to tell us is that in order to get that you must be WHITE. Obama has done it all and they hate him for no reason. The man is trying to do the best that he can to bring together the best people to get this country back on track and they say and do all that they can to put a stop to him. It was your choise to be in the place that you are, Obama did not stop you so stop hating.

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Penny

    In reply to Scott,

    He is educated, experience in the ways of the world-America, served in the U. S military-patriotism questionable since he is black, have a measure of common sense, and is of the McCaine era.

    July 29, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. No McCain!

    Once again, this guy only gives me more reasons to vote for him.

    McCain on the other hand...

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Tammy From Cleveland Ohio

    It's time the American people woke up, Obama dosen't know diddley
    squat about policies or foreign affairs. He only knows what his speech
    writers tell him.

    Hillary go Independant.

    July 29, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Ray

    And William Ayers as Secretary of Defense.

    July 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. clark

    "American are a little impatient" .... Not according to McClueless and gw-asleep at the wheel-b.

    Jez, a candidate who offers something this country might benefit from ACTUAL LEADERSHIP...I don' t know if we can handle it!

    July 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. AB


    July 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. NY State of mind

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Mike in Cincinnati

    Obama is proving his terrific intellect and his presidential credentials every day now.

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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