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.
"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.