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. Mrs.L




    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. SADDAM H.

    Hear it from the green horn...

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. dave g, minneapolis

    Obama won't "throw the bums out". Neither will McCain.

    They both are taking your rights away. I hear "yeah, tax the rich for a change, make them hurt.", from the Dems. and from the Republicans, I hear "we won't raise taxes, and we're for smaller government".

    None of this makes sense! Both parties have such ingrained fighting that we're left watching them rather than them looking to the citizenry (you and me) to see what is right, good, and the direction the people want.

    Make a real difference and vote for Bob Barr. Reduce your taxes, shrink government, and don't use the government to make ANYONE hurt. Let individuals have the freedoms that this country was founded on. Let us pursue, life, liberty and happiness. Get the government off our back.

    Get a real dialog going, because neither Obama or McCain are working for you by protecting the Constitution. It's eroding daily, and when it's finally gone, we'll all be sorry.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Wow...E. Scott & Ray, I guess if you nothing of substance to say the best thing to do is repeat what Sean Hannity says.

    So much for thinking for yourselves. When I grow up, I want to be just like...anyone but you two!

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Al Ware

    I'm with you ca native. I'm with you!!!

    Obama/Bayh 08

    July 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. jake, San Francisco, CA

    you have to love this guy! He makes McCain look like he's just sitting down doing nothing.

    Every time you hear about Obama, its big news and one that's meaningful and smart! What has McSurge done since the weekend?

    1. Read about the Surge?
    2. Thought about the Surge?
    3. Removed the mole?
    4. Flip Flopped?
    5. Forgot to take his memory pills?

    6. Repeated 1-5

    July 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. bernard, macon, ga.

    E Scott with all due respect which is very little at this point, you would probably vote for George Bush again if you could.
    why don't you try being part of the solution and not the problem.

    July 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Obama discusses issues with top minds, and McCain stands in the hot sun with skin cancer.

    That's all you need to know about "JUDGMENT"3

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Tanya

    McCain has more experience and knowledge and will lead the country.

    July 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. mj

    Whether you like Obama or not, you have to admit that he is taking his run for the presidency very seriously. He is an extremely intelligent man and surrounds himself with mostly very competent people. I'll admit that there are a few "flakes" in his background but please tell me of one politician that doesn't. In fact, I would expect that most of us have unwisely trusted some people that we shouldn't have. He has shown the ability to run an amazing campaign and should show a high degree of compentence running a country.

    July 29, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. 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 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Jason

    Tax the small business owners in a time of economic instability that is definately a winning plan. The economy thrives when small business thrives and if Obama taxes the crap out of small business the economy is not going to get better but it will get worse. Look at his proposal people he is not Mr. fix it he is Mr regulate and tax the last thing we need in bad economic times.

    July 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. blaising

    Ya think? At least Obama has the smarts to carry on a conversation with these guys.

    When McCreepy shows up for one of these, they gotta' be dyin' inside with laughter...

    July 29, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. sukkee

    Good politics by Obama who seems smarter than boring hot-temper McBush.

    July 29, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Allan

    No obama .He is fake. I don't trust him. Wake up America.Anybody,but not Obama

    July 29, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Sherry, Atlanta

    It's really sad that any SANE AMERICAN would give John McCain a second thought! Maybe they're NOT SO SANE...what do you think?

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

    E.Scott, your post is WAY off topic. Pls try again. America's education system is messed up and you're an example.

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



    July 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. sarah

    more photo ops. for the appointed One.

    July 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. Obama 08: mature, white woman

    E Scott and Ray: How old are you people??

    July 29, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Jan Illinois

    Not what you know ,it's Who you know. He is surrounding himself with people who can help him. That's smart. Now pick Hillary for Vp and lets get things cleaned up.

    July 29, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Fred

    E. Scott

    You are very ignorant. But I bet Phil Gramm as the economic head will make all your money troubles go away. al least in your dreams.

    July 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. p davis

    Jeremiah wright is so old why can't you come up with better attacks. or is it that you only like old things.

    July 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. richard

    Great! More on the job training. Err is the race over already. PUMA

    July 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Accountant Guy

    This is exactly what a potential presidential candidate should be doing right now!!

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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