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. Terry

    His talk on foreign and domestic policies is this: CHANGE! So like if there is a fire do we simply put it out by saying WATER??? Dude has no clue except to prey on the naive and despondent by filling their heads with fantasies and dreams as opposed to solutions to problems. The country was pathetic when it believed Bush's scare talk and seems many are just as ignorant to reality by believing someone who will promise them the world by saying CHANGE but with no real well thought out plans to make change happen. NOBAMA. Don't drink the Koolaid!

    July 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Debby, NJ

    OBAMA looks more and more Presidental !!!

    July 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |

    E. Scott it is people like you who keep voting the wrong idiots in. Try something new and refreshing this go round. And there is nothing new and refreshing about anything that I have seen in McCain.

    July 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Lesley

    Yeah, I'm sure some of you would rather have Phil Gramm back in the driver's seat deregulating major industries and creating loopholes for the wealthy. Quit whining about Obama, Gramm doesn't like it.

    July 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. jcain

    Scott and Ray.... you've both got the blinders on if you think that either one of those people will have ANYthing to do with ANYthing in the Obama administration.

    Grow up.

    July 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Debby, NJ

    E.Scott and Ray are both IDIOTS that is why they are voting for MCSHAME...TROLLS

    July 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    I met George Bush once... & i work next to a complete psycho!.... does that make me one of those idiots as well?


    July 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Tom,Michigan

    If Scott and Ray could survive with Cheney and Bush for 8 years, you can survive with anybody in the white house

    July 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Phil

    International policy should take a back seat till we get the economy in order. That old adage it's the economy stupid holds water lots of water. This country is going under from the greed of politicians and the greed of corporate giants that are making ruinous policy. We need to get back to making things work for the average american again. We have catered and bowed to the rich corporate interest for to long. Whats good for business is good for america doesn't work anymore.

    July 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. karen-phoenix

    Obama has the best team of economists in the country. If they can't fix it no one can. McCain group backed and produced ERON. Question answered!!! Peace is patriotic and prosperous!

    July 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. rhonimus

    Lets be a little more possitive people. We have to look at who is best suited to handle this country's economic crunch.

    July 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. BVAL

    Listening, taking advise, understanding, judgement and finally decision. This is how smart people work!
    we need to change the way washington works. The politics of the past can no longer satisfy the new era demands. New approches, new ideas, new direction..... let's go Obama

    July 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Obamacan in Texas

    If Obama wants to right this economic ship wreck there will have to be more control in the markets. Naked short selling of stocks has to stop across the board. As I understand it, this practice is illegal anyway, it just isn't being enforced. There needs to be regulation on Hedge Funds as well. They trade in billions of dollars with NO regulation on them whatsoever and they are huge short sellers and market manipulators.

    The SEC must enforce the rules that are on the books and reinstate the uptick rule where stock cannot be shorted again and again driving down prices. The ability to do this is just driving down stock values and devaluing our whole economy so manipulators can make a quick buck.

    We have had a brief reprieve in oil and gasoline prices, but It will take drilling AND every other initiative to develop alternative sources of energy to get us out of the strangle hold the middle east and Venezuela have on this country.

    I support drilling for oil anywhere we can get it! Even if the oil cannot come to market for years, it will be something future generations can count on while we develop alternative sources. We won't get over our addiction to oil and gasoline until we have different vehicles in everyone's driveway and the infrastructure to support distribution of the new sources. Economically disadvantaged families won't be able to just go out and buy new vehicles to replace gas guzzlers.

    California and Florida and the eastern coast should not be saying "not on my coastline" and complain when $4 + gasoline prices return! Texas and Louisiana have had drilling off our coasts for years and time about IS fair play.

    July 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Heike, Germany(greetings to all!)

    That just goes to show concerned he is about America – the American people: The America he calls home. God bless and keep you safe from your enemies – God knows them by name!

    Germany loves Americans – loves you!

    July 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. get real

    Cant get any worse that choosing Cheney as VP or Condy Rice as SecState

    July 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Silence Dogood

    Closer relationship but HOW?
    They are not doing enough so WHAT do you SUGGEST?
    He is good at standing back and criticizing, but what EXACTLY would he do?

    Obama would make a great empty suit middle manager – he just knows how to talk.

    The average American has such a short attention span they don't even realize he never draws his line of reason to any conclusion.

    Politics as usual – but with a grin.

    July 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Morgan

    I've heard Obama engage with economic experts in round-table talks on the radio and been extremely impressed with how conversant he is with them and how firm a grasp he seems to have on what is at stake. Your John Q. Viewer may find this over his head but I think it is the responsiblity of CNN and other news media to at least cover the discussions. People need the education. Look how bad the housing market has failed the public. Obama understands these problems and so far he seems to have enough of the common touch to be able to educate the rest of us.

    July 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. CommonSense

    Jeremiah Wright, Will Ayers. Yeah right, Ray and E.scott.....lay off the faux news a little.

    July 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Mochona, FL

    YOU E. Scott, and Ray, SHAME ON YOU BOTH.

    Barack Obama is our next president. Lean to like it or it will be a real, real long eight years.

    July 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. easy rider

    Perhaps the McAin't camp should spend less time criticizing Obama's trip abroad and more time focusing on the economic woes and doing something about it while he was gone overseas.

    This way, they could accurately point out they they single-handedly solved the problem in the few short days he was visiting the other countries, and could claim victory as the true new and improved fearless leader.

    July 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. ca native

    or in a mccain cabinet: e. scott, ray , curly and mo

    July 29, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. R.I.F.

    The story on the front of the Political page deserves a ticker because after reading the story and watching it last night twice on CNN, I think it's a case where instead of reporting about John McCain and his lobbyist ties, you guys tried to drag Obama into it. $181,000 (McCain) versus $6000 (Obama) in lobbyist money is not a fair comparison. Plus the Obama campaign already said that they were giving that $6000 back. Also, to say that Obama recieved $18 million from lawyers and try to make it seem as if they are lobbyist when they are not is also unfair. Half of my friends are lawyers and most of them I know have given to Obama. People who usually donate usually have a JOB and being a lawyer is a pretty popular one. Not all lawyers are lobbyist. I think this story should be about all the money that McCain has taken from lobbyist and the fact that his campaign staff is stll filled with lobbyist even after he got rid of some of them.

    It's funny because there is never a negative story on McCain unless there's a way to drag Obama into it no matter how thin it is. I guess the only way that you'll ever report about McCain and the Keating Five is if you can find a way to link Obama to it.

    July 29, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Ya know, there really is nothing wrong with electing a smart person to be president. We should give that a try this election.

    July 29, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. Pam

    Obama needs to start really hammering McCain on economic issues. McCain has nothing to offer regarding the economy.

    July 29, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. proud army and navy mom

    and Michelle in race relations

    July 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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