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OK, panel, time for you to answer some questions. Jessi, the special relationship between Britain and the US is apparently as strong as it's ever been, maybe even stronger. According to Prime Minister David Cameron, at one point during his visit to the US last week, President Obama did what?

JESSI KLEIN: Gave him like an awesome high-five.

SAGAL: No.

KLEIN: OK. Fist bumped him.

SAGAL: No, it was much more caring than that, fatherly even.

KLEIN: Fatherly?

SAGAL: Almost motherly, really.

KLEIN: Yelled at him.

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SAGAL: Jessi.

MO ROCCA: We're learning so much about you.

KLEIN: I know.

TOM BODETT: We really are.

ROCCA: I will not let him hurt you.

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ROCCA: I will not.

SAGAL: Apparently, Mr. Cameron had a hard time getting to sleep.

KLEIN: Oh, he gave him Ambien.

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KLEIN: Or a Xanax? I swear to God, I came in here meaning to just be normal today. What happened? Wait.

SAGAL: Well, you know.

KLEIN: Lullaby.

SAGAL: Yes.

KLEIN: Seriously?

SAGAL: Well close enough.

KLEIN: That's so much stupider than everything I said.

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SAGAL: What he did was Mr. Obama tucked Mr. Cameron into bed, according to Mr. Cameron.

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KLEIN: What?

ROCCA: Really?

SAGAL: This is true. With all that's going on in the world, the conflict, the global financial crisis, it is reassuring to know that the British Prime Minster remains as emasculated as ever.

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SAGAL: Mr. Cameron had a busy visit with the president last week. First they had a cookout at the White House and then they went to see a basketball game. So, of course, little David was getting a little overtired at the end of the day.

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SAGAL: So on the way back, on Air Force One, Obama encouraged Mr. Cameron to use his flying bedroom and take a nap. According to Cameron, the president told staffers, quote, "Don't worry, the British prime minister is fine, I've just tucked him up in bed," unquote.

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SAGAL: What Mr. Cameron didn't say is that Obama also read him some bedtime stories like "Goodnight, British Empire."

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SAGAL: And a wonderful picture book about the modern financial crisis, "Everybody Defaults."

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ROCCA: Wow, that's just really...

SAGAL: Yeah.

ROCCA: Gosh. You can't do that to Angela Merkel.

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SAGAL: Yeah, you can't touch Angela Merkel.

ROCCA: No, you can't even give her a back massage.

SAGAL: No, I know.

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