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Bridging the Pond: President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Hold a Joint Press Conference

President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron hold a joint press conference on a sun-filled day on the Rose Garden.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a press conference (March 14, 2012)

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 14, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

After the morning's State Arrival ceremony and a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office, President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron took advantage of a beautiful spring day to hold a joint press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

The two leaders answered questions about the global economy, Iran's nuclear program, and the war in Afghanistan. They also touched on a potential cross-cultural sports exchange -- offering the President an introduction to cricket in exchange for the Prime Minister's crash course in bracketology.

Both men emphasized the open communiation and strong relationship between the two countries, with President Obama saying:

"The alliance between our countries is a foundation -- not only for the security and prosperity of our two nations, but for international peace and security as well.  David shares my belief that, in a time of rapid change, the leadership of the United States and the United Kingdom is more important than ever.  ...The future we seek is only possible if the rights and responsibilities of nations and people are upheld.  And that’s a cause that we advanced today."

 Prime Minister Cameron echoed these sentiments:

"There are some countries whose alliance is a matter of convenience, but ours is a matter of conviction.  Two states... united for freedom and enterprise; working together, day in, day out, to defend those values and advance our shared interests." Later emphasizing that: "the relationship between Britain and America is the strongest that it has ever been.  And I believe that’s because we’re working together as closely as at any point in our history.  And together, I’m confident that we can help secure the future of our nations and the world for generations to come."

Want to hear how the two answered the questions from reporters? You can jump to the President and Prime Minister's responses by clicking on the links below: