Ever since Winston Churchill coined the phrase 'special relationship' in 1945, the number of syllables in US presidents' and British premiers' names have often matched. Was David Cameron destined to become a three-syllable premier alongside Barack Obama?
Americans might have a rooting interest in the UK general election. The two leading candidates for prime minister have opposite views about the importance of the US-Britain relationship.
Other U.S. presidents have bonded with foreign leaders, but Obama so far has no such ties. Does that matter?
While he is popular, American policies are not. He will be hard-pressed to win concessions on his plans for the economy or Afghanistan.