President Obama isn't the only one who gets to address the occasional joint-session of Congress. In a formal speech to lawmakers on Capitol Hill as part of a last-ditch effort to boost his popularity ahead of his reelection vote, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown focused on the "economic hurricane" enveloping the world. "No matter where it starts, an economic crisis does not stop at the water's edge," he said. Amid applause, Brown advocated a global response because "a bad bank anywhere is a threat to good banks everywhere." He added, "Just think how each of our actions, if combined, could mean a whole, much greater than the sum of the parts." Brown's speech was viewed as a preview to April's G20 economic summit in London.
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