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. JA Cook

    A politician who spends time learning and absorbing information.... Wow!

    Obama is really preparing for the Commander in Chief test.

    McCain seems more inclined to complain and snipe – oh, and then there's his lying. Whatever became of his "politics of civility" ?

    July 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Bayou Joe

    We do vote for Idiots that is why an Obama candidacy is possible.

    July 29, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. J.D.

    Can we have a forum on why so many people on CNN's political markets are smoking crack? Huckabee is ahead of Pawlenty, Sebelius is ahead of Kaine, Clinton is ahead of both Biden and Bayh.

    July 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Sunshine State

    They need to send some mailers to Florida to address the lies being spread here... Like the billboards posted in many cities around the state stating "Martin Luther King was a Republican." That is insane... Even worst they are posted in lower socioeconomic areas within the cities... The RNC needs a morals check...

    OBAMA 08....

    July 29, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Chicago Red

    To E Scott and Ray --Let the FUMIGATION begin …..Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and all of the Republicans Scumbags including you 2 Idiots

    July 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. ran

    Why can's everyone see this is our true way out of the past 8 yrs of poor management of our country. Vote DEMOCRATE

    July 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Consider This

    The thing I like the most about Sen Obama is that he surrounds himself with SMART people. Just look at the way he's run his campaign compared to Mccain. Yes he lack experience but he's smart enought to surround himself with experienced people who not only share his views but also those who have different opinions. Takes everything into account and then makes a good judgement.

    Compare this to Mccain who surrounds himself with special interest , Rich People who are only looking out for themselves, and look at the way he's run his campaign.

    July 29, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. JS

    Don't forget McCain would also have Phil Gramm in his cabinet

    July 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Phineas J. Whoopie, you're the greatest! Come along, Chumly.

    Make sure you bring a thesaurus to this meeting... you'll want to use as many "pretty words" as possible.

    July 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Barry

    E. Scott and Ray...since you can't wait, make sure you vote Obama on Nov 4, 2008, yuh hear!
    Personally, I don't want a POTUS who can't remember what he said from one day to the next. Can you imagine McCain going to a summit and pledging to some treaty and then returning home and saying he doesn't remember doing it?

    July 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Hate all you want Rethugnican fools and those of Hillary who don't have the intelligence to not cut off their nose to spite their own faces. Obama WILL be the next President and there is absolutely NOTHING you can do to stop the oncoming train.

    July 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Ralph B Augustin

    Obama...the right choice for America

    July 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Phyllis/ PA

    My decision not to vote for obama was not based on rumors. I simply asked myself one question. How can a person go from community leader to the president of the USA in such a very short time. Well the reasons are many and not one is based on experience.

    I was hoping that Hillary would win the nomination select Obama as her VP. While he would gain valuable experience the county would be safe. Also, as VP he could then run and this would give us 16 years of democratic leadership.

    Now the democrats just might not win. If Obama does win, we can only pray that his lack of experience doe not result in a nightmare.

    July 29, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Confused

    As I look through comments to various articles on the Ticker I notice that some commenters, such as James Hussein, SC, leave the same comments regardless of the topic of the article. These comments, almost all of which are from Obama supporters, are generic cheers for Obama or slams of McCain. CNN, what are you doing? The moderators should be tossing these kinds of comments and leaving in only those relating to the article itself.

    I have submitted several on-point comments on various articles, early in each submission, and none have been posted. Could that be because my comments are not pro-Obama?

    July 29, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Mikey

    Hey E. Scott and Ray:

    Wright and Ayers might actually be an improvement over Cheney, Rumsfeld, Brownie, Gonzalez, and Rove.

    July 29, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Sam

    Obama is the real deal! McShame is just angry over his inabilities. Obama rallies and units; McShame wants to do it alone and has no allies; Obama is a problem solver; McShame creates antogonism.
    McShame=Bush=$482B deficit.

    We need a realist like Obama. Obama for PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sam, GA

    July 29, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Seems like some of the people on the blog have jokes. HA HA

    Do they want their children over in Iraq, Afghanistan, and whereever else Senator McCain decides to start ar war. There are not enough troops available and they will have to start a draft. I bet they won't be laughing when their sons have to go.

    July 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Ron democrat turned independent

    we saw how well sen. obama takes advice. he totally disregarded what his commnders on the ground said about unconditional removal of the troops, because his superior judgement will prevail. after all if he's wrong it's not his family that will suffer. besides what do these generals know, hell they even sided with mccain on the surge. how can you trust a man (obama) who does not buy his kids christmas and birthday presents.he said this in the people's magazine interview.that is a muslim belief also. explain that sen. obama

    July 29, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. nitro

    First I would like to say that Tom, E. Ssott and Ray are all idiots. Next , how can anyone be upset that Obama spent 8 days overseas while the economy is getting worse. There is not a MFT that he can do for the economy if hes not in office. It is what it is the republicans screwed this up and a democrat cant fix it because the prez vetos everything that comes across his desk. So for God sake stop blamming everyone but the right one.

    July 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Sam

    Tom, you think that's a smart comment? How about every other candidate out there, including McCain, whom I suppose you're supporting; when you're in a presidential campaign, your day job becomes secondary (or stops altogether). It's like taking a sabatical. If you want to be critical of the system, and suggest that senators should be replaced when running for president, then make that point, but don't say what you did, it shows a deep lack of intelligence

    July 29, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. tigerakabj

    Keep it going O. I read how you're opening up over 20 offices in Florida, way, way ahead of what Gore and Kerry did. That is great news. Make that idiot McCain blow all his money on stupid ads.

    Obama/Sebelius 2008/2012.

    July 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Obama and Ted Poe. Now there's a ticket. Poe is cool by me.

    July 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. hal

    Who cares....

    July 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. JDC

    Neither one of them knows which end is up, but they know how to destroy the economy!

    July 29, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. fat indian

    The anti-Obama folks kinda bore me..*yawns*
    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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