G8 UPDATE….Apparently the United States and France can disagree about pretty much anything:

It was dress-down Wednesday for the leaders of the west when they gathered in Sea Island yesterday. The mood was “business casual”, and George Bush took the lead. Clad in a golf shirt and sucking a boiled sweet, he cracked jokes to show the cameras that this was an informal gathering, an attempt to return to the original summit concept of a “fireside chat” between old friends.

….Jacques Chirac was evidently unmoved by the attempt to be laid back. Not the sort of person to be impressed at the prospect of zipping around the secure compound in a golf cart, he turned up for talks in trad summit gear ? a suit and tie.

Yep, just a casual meeting between old friends….

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