Obama 'tucked Cameron into bed' on Air Force One
Tender moment between Barack Obama and David Cameron leaves Conservatives reaching for the sick bag
THE FULL extent of David Cameron’s 'bromance' with Barack Obama has become clear after the Prime Minister admitted he was tucked into bed by the US President on Air Force One.
Addressing a business awards ceremony in Oxford following his trip to the United States, Cameron said he and Obama were flying from back to Washington after watching a basketball match in Ohio when the President asked if he wanted to use his bed to put his feet up.
"So I duly did," says Cameron. “Barack went to the back of the plane and explained to my private secretary and the team.
"He said, 'Don't worry, the British Prime Minister is fine, I've just tucked him up in bed'. I don't think that's happened before."
Cameron likened the anecdote to Winston Churchill bathing in the White House and Margaret Thatcher telling George Bush Snr not to "go wobbly" on her.
But the news left MPs on both sides of the political divide feeling a little queasy. One Tory MP told the Daily Mail: "It's all very 'Yo! Blair,' isn't it. I'm tempted to ask for a sick bag" – referring to George W Bush's overfriendly address to Tony Blair at an international summit in 2006.
Labour MP Ian Austin accused the Prime Minister of "plumbing new depths". He said: "We all know how star-struck he was about meeting President Obama, but this is just embarrassing."
Obama and Cameron spent most of the trip demonstrating their close bond, eating hot dogs together at a basketball match, calling each other 'Barack' and 'David' and repeatedly referring to their "special relationship".
It seems the PM's charm had less impact on Michelle Obama though. The PM apparently struggled to hold her attention at the White House banquet. "The man on her other side was George Clooney," he explained. "I found it quite difficult to compete."