March 4th, 2009
02:03 PM ET
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Brown: U.S., Britain to tackle world's problems

Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi watch Wednesday as Prime Minister Gordon Brown addresses Congress.
Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi watch Wednesday as Prime Minister Gordon Brown addresses Congress.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking Wednesday to a joint meeting of Congress, highlighted the many bonds between his country and the U.S. and offered a hopeful vision that the world's problems can be overcome.

Watch: 'Global problems now need global solutions,' Brown says

"Working together, there is no challenge to which we are not equal, no obstacle that we cannot overcome, no aspiration so high that it cannot be achieved," Brown said in a speech punctuated by frequent standing ovations on both sides of the aisle.

Brown hit on much the same theme Tuesday in an Oval Office meeting with President Obama in which the leaders said the "special relationship" between the U.S. and Great Britain not only will survive the current global economic turmoil but also will be strengthened in the long term.

At the meeting, Obama and Brown agreed the global economy will recover from the recent sharp downturn but will require a common effort to combat protectionist impulses, coordinate economic stimulus efforts and update antiquated regulatory structures.

Brown's speech Wednesday centered on the economy and security concerns but also strongly highlighted the leadership role the United States plays in the world.

"Throughout your history," he said, "Americans have led insurrections in the human imagination, have summoned revolutionary times through your belief that there is no such thing as an impossible endeavor. It is never possible to come here without having your faith in the future renewed."

Brown pledged Britain's help in rooting out terrorism and other global threats.

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  1. Dave

    And maybe this is the problem. We think we need to police the world and tell it what to do. This is a clear set-up. Go back home Brown and take your globalism with you.

    March 4, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    OOOOPS.... I'll bet that reference to "routing out terrorism" didn't set well with Pelosi, Biden, and all the other Liberals. How politically incorrect of him!

    March 4, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    I think we need to tackle business at home before we go trying to save the world. Since Pres. Obama took over I have not heard any threats from the netherworld and hope it stays that way.

    March 4, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. cnnnewser

    I commend them on their efforts – I commend anyone that strives to end this economic mess....and denounce anyone that stand in the way.

    March 4, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Griff............... on The Truth...

    Brown a Loser. Wanted to lead, just like Barack Obama. One trying to save the other. So many have tried this before. But it will not work. You have to first know their history. They have none Niether of them...

    March 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. rudy

    believe Obama is trying to destroy the American People by taking retribution for all those “slaves” that his own people sold into slavery.
    Make all the non workers rich by taking from the hard working people of this country.

    I am sad for this country if we can’t stop his aggressive run toward socialism. He got elected because he could give good speeches. So did Hitler.

    And, NOOOOOOOOOOO I do not trust government anymore.
    Our elected officials (most–not all) have forgotten more than the average person in America knows—how to earn a living. They should all go back to work after 4 yrs and remind themselves what it is to earn a living.l

    By the way all of you that believe in Global warming…reserach that subject as well…you will be surprised…its not true! Have you noticed that all the people (Gore, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid etc…) have yet to debate this subject in public and meet behind closed doors to discuss their agenda…why..because a vast majority of the scientist (even those that had received grants from the government) have stated its a hoax. Also look at their investments…they are vested in green energy companies and its to their interest to get America to go in that direction….why you say….they will then become the NEW RICH of the USA at our expense….and what will you have to show for it….free healthcare?

    March 4, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Thanks but no thanks Gordie. I've seen how it is in Europe and Europe always lags the US.

    Socialism doesn't work in any continent at any time.

    March 4, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Franky

    "British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking Wednesday to a joint meeting of Congress, highlighted the many bonds between his country and the U.S. and offered a hopeful vision that the world's problems can be overcome."

    Well...we had it worse so it may not be that bad, LOL!!

    But I don't know, I'm keeping my eye on you Britain! I don't know but sometimes I think about you...(LOL!! A Pablo...).

    March 4, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    I'm glad to see that we're engaging with other countries in the world again.

    March 4, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Heidi Peacock

    Britain is cowering to Islamic pressure and has Sharia law courts - and he wants to 'help' us fight terrorism?

    Go Home Gordon.

    March 4, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Griff............... on The Truth...

    "World Problems?" See I knew it... You don't know....

    March 4, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Reality Check

    Can you see it yet....? The road.... there is the sign....open your eyes... socialism lane... and you are headed straight for it....

    WAKE UP FOLKS and QUIT DRINKING THE KOOL-AID!!!!!

    March 4, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Dittohead

    gordon solve your own problems and stop trying to save the world. the british empire is gone and the american one is fading. we need to look after our own.

    March 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. JC

    As long as Gordon Brown comes up with the funding! Good luck.

    March 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Jon in CA

    Great Speech – but let's face FACTS!

    England and The US can not fix the problems of the world. Granted, Obama wants desperately to be viewed as a messiah... we just can't afford HIS aspirations.

    NOW is the time to fix America!!!

    $1 Billion to Palestinians? NO
    $$ to Africa? NO
    $$ to North Korea? NO

    We're drowning financially but Obama thinks we can save others??

    March 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. still hoping

    Did Pelosi perform her "Jack in the Box Pelosi" routine again?
    I wish I would have seen it, LOFL!!!!!
    This needs to be a comedy routine on SNL, how many times and how fast can Pelosi jump up and sit down when a democrat or world leader is speaking, sort of like Pelosi piloties

    March 4, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Alicia

    PM Brown stated that now the world can have HOPE.

    March 4, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Anne

    I may not like Gordon Brown but the British do not have the same problems that the US has so lets face it a little socialism never did anyone any harm and at least I dont have to mortgage my house or have over the top insurance in the UK to get seem by a doctor, same in Canada. Here I am stuck with expensive insurance or huge doctor bills.

    March 4, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. K3ndall

    Okay so for those that need help. Global means global. Cars made in Detroit have parts from the UK. What's the common thread. Two words
    NATIONAL SECURITY
    As a citizen of the global market, I think that as a means that, Countries don't likeus ( the US) go through back channels to get to our way of life. Either to live in peace or to do harm.
    and They have a global network. A Corporate Network. So to stay in our own backyards means. Let Hugo Chavez keep selling oil to US, while funding terrorist organization's. Capitilism, which is fair, but not always balanced. Bin Laden might ve taken vacation in the Barra do Riacho Port and who would've known.
    We fianally have Smart People doing smart and great things.
    Don't ruin it with childishness

    March 4, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. jj

    Time for the media to report news and stop the nonsense of creating news....

    Did anyone see how they compaired Bush , blair and Obama ,Brown visit?

    Quite a show!

    March 4, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Brown

    This is a world economic problem. You remember even britain deregulated their banks?

    March 4, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Paul H

    Obama’s Foreign Aid Price Tag to Exceed $50 Billion.
    Change you can believe in, and then some.

    March 4, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Harry

    I am open for any idea or cooperation to end this economic mess!

    March 4, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Brian, California

    The only reason Terrorism is still alive and has a safe heaven in Pakistan because of unconditional UK/Brown/Blair support to that terrorist state. So let someone else cry about terrorism Sir.

    March 4, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Roland

    Ever since President George Walker Bush started talking about a New World Order in the early 90's it just scares the he'll out of everyone almost sounds like something that Hitler or aluminate would say "World Domination." Anyone that buys into that whole New World Order notion needs their head examined. Never look toward the government if you have a solveable problem unless the government is the problem or stands in the way of solving the problem.

    March 4, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |