July 26th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
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Obama, Brown discuss 'special relationship'

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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. ex republican

    Advice to Obama and his campaign:

    Bring up the fact that McCANE had to cancel a photo op because of an OIL SPILL!!!! It will take all the wind out of his argument to drill offshore!! Don't let this opprotunity get away.

    mcCANE is not a leader!! a leader would have addressed the environmental DISASTER!!!! Hammer this point home!!!

    July 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Tony, Miami

    No surprise a true leader.

    July 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Cheryl (Retired Vets for Obama)


    July 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Bibek

    Glad someone cares about the American Image. GO OBAMA!

    The world hates us and hates Bush. McSame will not be any different.

    July 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Texas trail puppy!

    Breaking News!! Just read on The Page(Time) that McSame will holding a BBQ at his Sedona Ranch, guess its time for him to feed his "Base" opps i meant MSM seeing how they have been neglecting their job of Obama-bashing and MsSame praising of recent.
    Dems Unite/ Landslide '08.

    July 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Brett

    What the hell? If it takes a mere 30 minutes to form a "special relationship" with a stranger, than I have made thousands of "special relationships" that I was not even aware of around the world!

    Crazy! Clinton FOREVER!

    July 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. anthonychicago

    obama will pick as his vp former microsoft founder bill gates

    July 26, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. former republican white man from california for Obama

    How wonderful it is to see That America is being respected once again! I am just shocked that it is a democrat bringing the change. I am sad and ashamed that my party has become such a bed of hate and fear. Most of the senior leadership claim to be Christian yet they do not show even the basic Christian tributes. Faith, Hope, and Charity but the greatest of these is Love.

    July 26, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Obamas trip overseas that included a meeting with the British prime minister just points up how comfortable and forward thinking he is compared to McBush. The ideas are new and fresh not the same old stale ideas that McBush has that are the presidents views also. The world is tired of Bush and his cowboy mentality, and don;'t want more of the same with McCain.

    July 26, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Greg

    Cnn didn't mention at all this morning the interview with Wolf Blitzer and John Mccain yesterday on the Situation Room. Mccain said that a 16 month time table to withdrawl was a good idea according to conditions on the ground. Mccain cant play both sides. Mccain cant say the surge succeeded in reducing the violence on the ground and wants to hold withdrawls from Iraq according to conditions on the ground because that is proving he not sure that the violence or the surge has succeeded. If the surge succeeded like Mccain touted on the stump all week than why is he still basing withdrawls according to conditions on the ground. Its either the surge succeeded or it hasing succeeded yet and if so Mccain is prematurely stating that the surge is a success while still in progress. Mccain has shown to be very desperate and angry this week unable to concentrate on delivering his message. Tonight Obama will be on U.S. and back on the stump talkimg about pocket book issues and Mccain blew an opportunity to deliver his message and policies to voters.

    July 26, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama looks presidential and more in touch with other heads of state than grumpy old John McCain. The ability to talk on multiple issues with others is very important for a U.S. president and I don't see John McCain's ability to do so even here at home. Support Obama.

    July 26, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Rave

    Excellent job Mr. Obama... World is watching us now and you already won their hearts. You are the man
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 26, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Mslola

    Thank you Senator Obama. You did such a great job meeting with some of the world leaders. We do need the help and cooperation of other countries. We need to repair our standing in the world as a strong but generous nation. The countries love Americans, its the present adminitration and its actions it has not loved. Such as, pouring French wine in the streets and eating "Freedom Fries" what the heck was all that about. You did a great job and I am very proud of you. You have my vote!

    July 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Mauri

    He said it. "I've been perceived ... sometimes as a genius, at others an idiot." This was Senator Obama's remark as he wrapped up his Middle Eastern and European visit, and judging the attitudes and words from cable news pundits - the latter is getting more play and votes. It will indeed be interesting to see how the trip fall-out will affect his poll numbers. So far, it doesn't look too good.

    July 26, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. kasiasue

    Right on...progress in progress.

    July 26, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. arkansas hillbilly

    i love britain ,but,they could stand a few lessons in the english language.i cant unnerstand a word they say.

    July 26, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    I was glad to see Maliki's papal visit. I disagree with Obama that Iran should accept France's proposal. I will stand with Russia and support Iran for their big ambitions, big ideas, intellectual debate, sense of independence, strong personality and faith in the present. Fiji stands by them, Fiji understands them and demand a request for a papal visit for Iran.

    July 26, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. kim hussein smith

    hey, repugs, THAT is how it's done. 2 DECENT people INTELLIGENTLY discussing the world's REAL problems and how to fix them! no bullying, no demands, no lies, no arrogance-aka NO REPUGS!!!!

    it's time for you idiot bully neoCON jerks to step aside and let the intelligent, cool kids rule the world. your time is up-and the good news is you guys CANNOT hide from The Hague, you may run scared from america (to dubai, is my guess), but The Hague can track you war criminals down and bring you to justice no matter WHERE you are in the world! i hope you like silver jewelry, cuz those bracelets are going to be LOVELY on you all!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    More photo ops for Sen. Barry Dunham Soetoro Obama.

    McCain '08.

    I'll be so glad when John McCain is in the White House and Sen. Obama is back in the Senate, and once again voting "present" on bills presented to the Senate.

    July 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Griff

    You are talking to #2, Obama.. Another failure....

    July 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Rob

    Another great day for Obama. Forgeing important ties with leaders of a great American friend and ally, Great Britain.

    July 26, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Connie

    It appears that all of Europe is happy that we will have a president that can speak in full sentences. A candidate that is not older than dirt, McSeniles own words, and does not laugh at his own demeaning jokes. I for one was very proud of the way that Senator Obama conducted himself.
    OBAMA 08
    Connie from Indiana

    July 26, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Ken

    Doesn't Obama think that he needs to have a "special relationship" with the American people?


    It is way past the time for Obama to realize that he is NOT going to beat McCain in November unless he decides to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket. He alone will not be able to beat McCain unless he has Hillary on the ticket.

    Plus, he needs to focus on what he plans on doing for the American people and not what is he going to do for everyone else exception the American people.


    Obama/Clinton 2008

    July 26, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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