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. Really?

    Looking rather . . . how shall we say . . . Presidential.

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Jim in Calif.

    Until early this year, I knew relatively little about Obama, other than that he gave a great speech at the 2004 Convention and opposed the foolish invasion of Iraq.

    Since then I've followed Obama's campaign closely. I've listened to his speeches, watched his debates, learned about his biography, heard his intelligent answers to difficult questions, and observed how he managed people and crises. I do not make hasty or uninformed decisions.

    Obama is acting completely Presidential this week, by speaking with the country’s top two economic officials as well as the prime minister of Pakistan. He is keeping his eye on the ball, highlighting his emphasis on the economy and foreign relations. McCain, in contrast, is acting less and less Presidential in showing his disdain and anger toward Obama.

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. pa

    obama trys to fix the world but he should fix are s frist
    vote for the dumby obama so we all can be one together

    July 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. DM

    Mitt Romney is a lousy politician

    July 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. On_fiayah

    Yeah E. Scott, actually he wouldn't want the job.

    July 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Henry n New York

    Instead of attacking Obama for not visiting troops (of whom he later called several to offer his encouragement) McCain should have been learning about economics and how the cost of war, oil and unfair trade practices are affecting our economy. He has done nothing but agrue he knows how to win wars – which war he was instrumental in winning is unknown to any living historian, since we havn't won any in decades. McCain has no new ideas and his entire campaign talking points have been erased. Iraq wants us out and Iran is now talking to the U.S. so what else is McCain good for?

    Senator Obama is preparing for office well before hand so that he has a full understanding of what needs to be done to put our country back on the right track. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE
    OBAMA 08

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. tony

    E.Scott can't you think of something intelligent to say other than that.
    Read the previous comments

    You can always say positive things about McCain even if you don't agree with Obama.

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Watermann

    It was and still is my strong opinion. A President should have judgement which Senator Obama seems to have. Regarding detailed knowledge he will build up a very good team for his administration. Like a CEO of a big company. Place the right person on the right place and discuss their advise. Everything else is judgement, honesty and a feeling for the people.

    July 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Mike

    We cannot AFFORD John McCain!!

    We love him, but we simply cannot AFFORD John McCain!!!

    for CHANGE


    for the SAME!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. McCain Lies!

    Hey E. Scott – Jeremiah Wright would be a lot better than the current crooked administration. Atleast Wright is honest.

    July 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Super D

    I can't wait for the appeasement and the high taxes.

    July 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Billy in Vegas

    E. Scott...and Ray so you'd rather have old know nothing...stand for nothing...flip flop McCain as your President? Grow up and use common sense.

    July 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Wow

    Funny, all week when McCain had the U.S. to himself, why didnt he use that time to meet with all these prominent economic advisors etc.? Instead all he did was whine about Obama, visit a sausage factory and grocery store. All he wants to talk about is this SURGE mess and nothing about some real answers AMERICANS want answers to. For this entire 4 months or so, he has been coasting and then complaining instead of coming up with at LEAST ONE QUALITY IDEA on how America can get back on track. Everything is a gimmick, or criticism of something Obama is doing. Obama could come back and really ream McCain out but he is making great use of his time meeting with the right people working out a plan instead of crying or peeking over McCain's shoulder!

    July 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. leona daniels

    Obama, I'm so proud of you , you will win, regardless of what they are saying, experience comes from doing the job, I know you will get it done.

    July 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. DJ in TX

    At least Senator Obama had differeing views on his panel. Two were even from the Bush administration (not sure why though:-). Senator McCains advisors only have one view, theirs. This shows he's willing to listen to ALL and come up with a solution that most likely will have compromises from both sides.

    Even though we're in this crisis, Senator Obama still at least reached out to current Bush officials, Bernarke and Paulson, to hear what they have to say.

    July 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Brian Hubbell II

    Who honestly believes Ben Bernanke has any clue about economics? Ron Paul has already slapped his sorry butt around numerous times on economic matters.

    July 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Toronto watching

    His decisiveness is inspiring. The other camp seems to waffle a lot.

    July 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Sam

    "Bitter Typical White Person" for Barack Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "Bitter Typical White Person" for Barack Obama today, tomorrow, and in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Scott and Ray
    it is time for you guys to write something constructive and objective regarding the candidates position on say the economy. Just remember your writing displays your intelligence and character.

    July 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. aware

    This is just more stage-craft from this anything but pro-American "Citizen of the World."

    Obama is a one trick pony with a one act drama in which he is a great pretender with no substance! He is an arrogant, egomaniac with an excessive lust for power and a top priority of wining. He has no moral center, no core principles and no judgment! 😦

    I am a former Democrat voting for McCain 08 – a man of character and integrity. 🙂

    July 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Concerned Democrat

    It seems to me that these "high level secret" meetings are all for show. I have yet to hear anything from Obama that makes me think his plan will work for the economy. His plan it increase capital gains taxes as well as income taxes will only serve to further stiffle the economy and hurt those business that are still managing to create jobs. And I don't know what America Obama is living in but families who make $250,000 a year are not "wealthy" and cannot really afford to incur higher income taxes, as is his plan. Especially when these people have children to put through college and have to face the same rising costs as others, including now a proposed increase in capital gains taxes.

    And for those of you who think that because he wants to pull out of Iraq that those men and women will be coming home, think again. His plan is just to shift the theater of war to Afghanistan. That means many of those tired troops will be sent into a place that is just as dangerous as where they are now and a place most American's have long forgotten about.

    These are real issues people should think about.

    July 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Valerie

    I always find it funny that when either of the candidates supporters can't come up with an intelligent argument as to why Obama or McCain is wrong, they can only mouth off personal attacks.

    Maybe one day you'll realize that the use of personal attacks dumbs down any subsequent arguement you will make.

    Good going "E. Scott" and "Ray"

    July 29, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. poor johnny mack

    E. Scott, Ray- well i can't wait to have oh wait aren't they Mcains new choices since he flip-flops so much.

    July 29, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    What's McCain up to today? Sparks, NV was it? I wonder if he plans to complain about this meeting with a Prime Minister. Or is he too busy working on that new RNC web site.

    McCain seems to do most of his "work" Monday thru Friday. Very few public appearances on the weekends. Not the makings for a good President. It's not a 40 hour per week job.

    July 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. TMR

    Obama's wants to convert the country into socializm/communizm. Do we really want it?

    July 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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