David Cameron looks like the fat cat who got the cream in the publicity pictures of his photo opportunity in Washington.
He, like every British Prime Minister since Winston Churchill in World War II, regards an audience with the US president as confirmation of his or her global significance.
It's an illustration of Barack Obama's desperation, in the wake of yet another humiliating reception for Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu, that he believes that he will gain political kudos in his re-election year from hosting Britain's Tory leader.
And what a joint performance they put on, Obama's charm encouraging Cameron's smarm.
Obama rewrote history to suggest that written through it like a stick of rock was "the rock-solid alliance between the US and the UK," upon which the rest of the world depended and smiled gratefully.
"We stand together and we work together and we bleed together and we fall together in good times and bad, because when we feel our nations are secure, our people are more prosperous, the world is a safer and better and more just place," the US president said.
It would have been more accurate to say that the armed forces of both countries are constantly used as cannon fodder at the behest of the oil transnationals and to impose imperialist military hegemony anywhere in the world.
And it might have been worth pointing out that the 12 years since president George W Bush invaded Afghanistan to, as Obama puts it, "hunt down al-Qaida" have been utterly wasted, along with the lives of 400 British troops, 2,000 of their US counterparts and tens of thousands of countless - and uncounted - Afghan civilians.
The US and British warmonger politicians constantly claim to see light at the end of the tunnel or just around the corner, but they are lying.
They are obsessed with the mirage of an "orderly" handover in 2014 to the puppets that Bush installed as the US-approved Afghan government and speak of the US-equipped, trained and financed Afghan National Army taking the "lead combat role" against the Taliban next year.
Our leaders of all three main parliamentary parties are living in a dream world. Hamid Karzai would survive as long as a chocolate teapot without the US occupation army and his personal US defence unit.
Washington is intent on patching together an Afghan national reconciliation process, getting its Qatari allies to facilitate the opening of a Taliban office in Doha.
But the Taliban have refused to play ball with the pretence of the corrupt Karzai regime as an independent participant in negotiations rather than as an attachment to the US occupation forces.
Karzai is demanding now that US forces pull out of Afghan towns and villages and return to their bases, but he knows that this will not happen.
It is a hollow gesture in light of the growing popular fury over the latest slaughter of 16 civilians, the Koran-burning incident and the video of US troops urinating on dead Afghans' bodies.
He is on the way out as surely as three-quarters of the people in Britain want our troops to be.
There is no role for them in Afghanistan, no face-saving compromise to achieve. All that remains is to bring this shameful bloody misadventure to a close before more occupation forces and Afghan civilians lose their lives.