July 26th, 2008
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Obama, Brown discuss 'special relationship'

UK PM Gordon Brown with U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama in London Saturday.

UK PM Gordon Brown with U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama in London Saturday.

LONDON, England (CNN) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama met with British Prime Gordon Brown Saturday on the last leg of his weeklong overseas tour.

The two discussed foreign policy issues and the "special relationship" between Britain and America during two hours of talks inside 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's London residence.

The pair made the most of the sunshine by sitting outside on the patio, even taking a stroll toward adjacent St. James's Park - much to the surprise of nearby tourists.

Watch: Obama visits London

"The prime minister's emphasis, like mine, is on how we can strengthen the transatlantic relationship to solve problems that can't be solved by any single country individually," Obama told reporters outside Downing Street after the meeting.

Those problems, Obama said, include climate change, international terrorism and turmoil in world financial markets. Obama and Brown also discussed cooperation in resolving the problems in the Middle East and burden-sharing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It was a spectacular day and I'm glad to be here," Obama said.

Earlier, Obama met with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who now serves as the Middle East envoy for the "quartet" of the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations.

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  1. Arack Bobama

    It never ceases to amaze me how space aliens like Dennis Kucinich are allowed to hold office in America, much less speak out with their wackery. Even more remarkable is that anyone could possibly take them seriously, or reports on them.

    July 26, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. sacto joe

    Interesting that Senator Obama chose to not visit the wounded soldiers to avoid politicizing them – and Senator McCain and the Republicans have chosen to TOTALLY politicized the issue!

    Kind of demonstrates why Senator Obama has the high moral ground, doesn't it?

    July 26, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Loretta from California

    Well Senator McCain did suggest that he Senator Obama take this trip abroad. I guess you really should be careful what you wish for.

    This was a very good trip for Senator Obama and after listening to Senator McCain's envious "Presidential Radio address" I can say that I certainly understand his frustration.

    July 26, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Obama's appeal is indicative of the fact that America and the world at large is tired of Bush and his unilateralism.
    McCain already showing signs of inconsistency(senility?) is going to be much of the same.He should not be given the opportunity to reveal his warious instinct by causing another war.

    July 26, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Sindu

    Good trip Senator... it show that the world leaders, specially in Europe, would want a non cowboy in the white house. This is also to trash those people that say you don't have foreign experience.

    July 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. from the desk of, Darryl of Arlington Texas

    Senator Obama,

    You will face harsh attacks from Senator John McCain becuse you are doing what is right. By forging a foreign relationship abroad you are helping to restore America standing in the world. Yes, Senator McCain is a old bitter man who is stuck in the past and want to destroy the enviroment just look at the Oil Spill in the Mississippi River the enviromental impact will be felt for at least 10 years.

    John McCain is old style Bush leadership.....

    Obama 08

    July 26, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Burhan

    Nice picture with Prime Minister. Obama knows what's doing, he will definetely be president of U.S.A.

    July 26, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Joe

    Wao!!!! We all now see what you see , Mr. Brown said. to Obama
    Yes, the world want a change !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Real change
    Not the same old story, tricks, spin and blood sucking policy.
    Equal right and Justice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. wmelpaul

    You mean someone from the U.S. is wondering around Europe telling the leaders what we think they should do? This isn't going to work. We need someone like McCain who knows how to choke officials when they dare disagree with us. That's how you build consensus. Talking is for fairies.

    July 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Ridgeway

    Man, Dennis Kucinich is as ugly as a mud fence. No offense to mud fences. Of course most of those type are homily as well as dumb.
    If the Dems had spent as much time in the last eight years working on things of importance instead of trying to oust Bush they might be more credible but of course not. Typical do nothings including Hussein and Teddy.

    July 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. wiser

    Americans will not be fooled by an adoring press. We will not support someone with so little experience. The press can keep pushing him on us but the voters will not elect him. We are not electing an American Idol. We are electing a president, which is more than a popularity contest.

    Also, the last time I checked Europeans could not vote in US elections.

    We will choose experience, judgment, and a genuine hero over a zero every time!

    Democrats for McCain!

    July 26, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Can I remind y'all that Russia HAS nuclear weapons and is one of the world's 10 most powerful nations? It might 'seem' small they are patrolling Artic waters for the first time since the Cold War, but Russia and China are possibly more important in regards to world order than Afghanistan or Iran.
    McCain's comments during this campaign of his plan to boot Russia out of the G8, and bar China, could be an omen to the biggest danger to World and American security if he ever sits in the Oval Office.
    (The Iraq War is NOT an international conflict, it is a Civil War which Americans have invested 5000 lives and billions of dollars to police. The only way for the splurge to be called a 'success' is continue it for the next 100 years. Paying bribe money to the enemy is an idiotic McCain and Petreus military formula which is worse than negotiating with terrorists.

    July 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Paul

    Let's just remember. The Brits and other Europeans don't elect our president. Their opinions don't matter that much.

    July 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Americans should cut Mr. McCain some slack when it comes to some of his more glaring mistakes. Although I am a few years younger than Mr. McCain I am still a senior and have to face the inevitable fact that some of our faculties diminish with time.

    Hopefully most of you younger people will be lucky enough to reach John's age and can gracefully accept the diminishment of mind an memory as a natural process and not something to be ridiculed.

    You should also consider the fact the daily attacks on his opponent are more party tactics than his personal strategy as he has to comply with the more Conservative views and ideology to keep his voting base. Hopefully people can block out the tasteless thoughts and concentrate on each candidate's policies and stature.

    Conservatism is conservatism and will not change whether implemented by the current administration or Mr. McCain. So either you like present day policies or you prefer to go in a new direction with Mr. McCain's opponent. Your choice is very clear it's your country and your future so simply support the program and policies that best suit your own personal circumstances.

    July 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Bulldog

    Obama is a breath of fresh air after America has been stuck with breathing pollution over the last 7 years. McCain just seems offer more of that pollution.

    July 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Upon Further Review,Texas

    What did the Downing Street Memos say?

    July 26, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Blair is gone and Bush soon to be gone. I wish Mr. Brown and you good luck in cleaning up the mess the first two have left behind.

    I know you can do it!

    July 26, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Upon Further Review,Texas

    For some reason the Saturday moderator never lets me on,now why is that?

    July 26, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Seems to me everyone is on the same page of Unity, except mccain, mccain campain and the bush administration

    July 26, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. judy, Wisconsin

    Welcome back home!!! Great job and we look forward to seeing you lead here.

    July 26, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. George

    That's great, a guy who is barely hanging on in the British parliament and a guy who isn't even yet the Democratic nominee for the upcoming elections talking about the special relationship that the two countries have, needless to say that by this time in November, possibly both of these two won't be in charge of their respective countries.

    July 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I wonder what kind of special "relationship" CNN is talking about? Did he visit an airport recently?

    What on earth is happening? I wonder if obama has a special relationship with Larry Craig too?

    July 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. PUMA-Darragh

    God he is SO presidential! He really is our new great hope! The world is embracing him, now if only we can move on!!



    PUKAH – People Uniting Killing American Hopes!

    FACT: PUMA Founder donated $500 to John McCain in 2000!! Not bad for a "home maker" and mother of 3!

    FACT: 69% of traffic coming out of the PUMA website is from RED states!

    July 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Happily Independent

    Two options: Go It Alone–Bush/McCain or World Partner-Obama

    Go it alone means that the U.S. will have to have a huge military budget. Also, the U.S. will suffer huge war casualties. Also, the costs of global climate change will continue to occur and free trade policies that do not address standards will cause more salmonella outbreaks in food, lead in toys and other bacteria in other products.

    Being a good world partner means that the U.S. military budget does not need to be as large. The U.S. can partner with its allies to share the military burden as part of NATO. Issues such as terrorism, global climate change, AIDS and nuclear arms proliferation can be addressed by cooperation with other nations. The U.S. could then take some its resources to address the U.S. economy. Therefore, It prefer Obama and his view that U.S. needs to be a better world partner.

    July 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Mike

    Another problem that will also have global consequences is the apparent willingness of Americans to entrust leadership to individuals without the slightest qualifications whatsoever.

    July 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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