The G-8 Summit, an annual meeting of the world's eight richest countries (and a guy from the EU hovering around like he matters), began Monday in Hokkaido, Japan. President Bush and his fellow leaders are windbagging on a variety of issues over the next several days, like greenhouse gases, increasing aid to Africa (even though Bono's not there), and the alleged food crisis. The usual gaggles of protesters are there, too, sporting papier-mache heads and/or looking around confused at the Boredoms concert they thought they were seeing.
There's some fresh meat in the Group of Eight this year: Italy, the UK, Russia, and Japan all have new heads of state. The thought of the new powerbrokers mingling with some of last year's returnees is making the blood rushing straight to our groins as we ponder: just how sexy is this 2008 G-8 summit gonna be? Let's get to oglin'!