July 29th, 2008
11:13 AM ET
15 years ago

A day of high-profile meetings for Obama

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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. Another Republican voting for Obama

    When comparing Obama and McCain it's not even close as to who is the better leader. McCain cannot even get his facts straight and Obama is meeting with world and American leaders to get the best advise available to make this country better. All McCain does is attack and make false accusations.

    "Experience is only as good as it's possessor."

    July 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. me 4 obama

    All McCain does is talk about Obama. All day, in and out. So sad.

    Cannot WAIT for the Obama administration. Get rid of these sad sacks. They can put THEIR sorrys in a sack!

    July 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. sandra

    I'm 60 years old female who has supported Clinton for the last 2 years, also live in the State of FL, voted in January for Clinton, but my vote did not count. Last year I would never, ever consider voting for a republican, but now I'm leaning towards Senator McCain and even considering voting straight republican, since in January the Democratic party did not let our state participate in picking a candidate in the primary. I know for sure I will not vote for Obama. Senator Obama will not win in FL. Also most people I know lie about who they are voting for, since we don't want exit polls predicting the winner! The polls in the United States do not close at the same time and predicting who the winner is might stop people from going out to vote. I really think exit polls hurt the voting process

    July 29, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Democrat for Hillary

    Is anyone leaving these obsurd comments over 30 years old????
    Didn't think so.
    Young and naive.

    July 29, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Concerned Citizen

    Finally, a person who's actually DOING things!

    July 29, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Mark

    Why did Obama go to Pakistan during his college years?

    July 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. G. Rashid NY

    There's no doubt that Obama understand the pain Americans are experiencing. He's clearly setting his sights on short and long term economic solutions for the American people. He's not engaging in petty attacks with McCain. That's the kind of President we need. Someone dealing with the issues.

    July 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. jAYjAY

    reading some of these posts daily i'm convinced many Americans are willingly ......stuck on stupid

    July 29, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Linda Gibson

    Go Obama!! We do not need 4 more years of Bush policies.
    McCain has barely got online–do we need a grumpy old man
    who is behind the times? Vote for the intelligent guy!!! If Obama
    doesn't get in, I'm moving to Canada!

    July 29, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Ted - Ohio

    Obama is on top of his game. Watch and learn as the new campaign strategy book is being written!

    July 29, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Helene

    Who is William Ayers ?

    July 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. No McBama

    It's refreshing to hear such an informed dialog on the blog. It's clear to me that most people just don't want McBama for president. Both candidates are weak and are saying whatever it takes to get elected.

    Vote for someone else Barr, Nader...but not McBama's

    July 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Tom in S.A.

    I'm agreeing with Tom, the taxpayers are paying for these clowns in D.C. and they're rarely working.

    July 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. sad

    I'm not a supporter of Mcain, but i think its rude to make fun of his age. It's just as ignorant of people making fun of Obama's skin color. There needs to be some more maturity shown on both sides of the fence IMO.

    OBAMA '08

    July 29, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I guess those mystery 2 hours have been spent meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    July 29, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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