Ahead of getting down to more serious issues, US President Barack Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron cemented the so called “special relationship” over a university basketball match in Ohio.
Cameron’s three-day trip starts in earnest later today when the two men are back in Washington. They will discuss among other things, how to end a war – specifically managing the withdrawal from Afghanistan – and how to avoid a new one, dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
The much choreographed events, which include the leaders’ wives, are intended to show how in step the two administrations are.
This current get together comes ahead of NATO and G8 summits and Obama, whose domestic approval rating only recently rose to 50 per cent, appears keen to keep the British on side.