Bush and Blair's relationship. Sounds normal to me.This article where a senior US official says Blair is routinely ignored by Bush should hardly come as a surprise. If fact it goes towards supporting what we understand.
What people don't see is that when my friend has a dog, a poodle in fact, she was the boss and the poodle's input was only taken when it suited her. It was used to being given instructions and was fed, watered, walked and looked after. If it wanted petted and it asked and if it suited the owner it got petted. The poodle was not the master.
So a normal human and poodle relationship then.