John Kerry, the US secretary of state, hit the red carpet first, followed by Barack Obama. The welcome ceremony lasted five minutes, with time for only solemn-faced handshakes and a reedy rendition of the Star Spangled banner before presidential entourage disappeared into Muqata'a building. The red carpet rolled up promptly behind them.
The pageant of love Mr Obama has engaged in with Benjamin Netanyahu may have won over several Israeli hearts, but it may have caused considerable damage to his relationship with the Palestinians.
The first 24-hours of Obama's visit was marked with early morning rocket fire from Gaza towards Sderot, violating ceasefire agreed with Israel in November.