All eyes and teeth, nothing to see here, we’re just a couple of old mates catching up after a bit of spat.
That spat was quite a big one though, especially between allies.
The AUKUS deal for submarines between the US, the UK and Australia torpedoed an earlier agreement with France to supply Australia with $90bn worth of crafts.
While there have been many attempts since to smooth ruffled French feathers it was a body blow for President Macron, a year ahead of elections, and pretty dire for US-French relations.
The meeting between Biden and Macron is the highest level attempt to calm things but the French haven’t got much from it apart from a presidential acknowledgement that the whole thing had been “clumsy”.
One diplomat I spoke with this week warned patience with French indignity is wearing thin. Would there be a diplomatic lollipop to offer? Not on the scale they would like, I was told.
In fact, the meeting was likened to a schoolchild failing to win the big prize for their work but being given a quick handshake with the headmaster at the ceremony to make them feel better.
Of course, there was big talk of diplomatic unity but little more.
"The Biden visit itself is the prize," I’m told. Stand by for the big spin to make it appear something more than the booby prize.