The most memorable moment of last year’s G8 Summit in Northern Ireland came when President Obama and Vladimir Putin shared a stage for a press conference. The encounter resembled a first date when both parties ran out of things to say. There was little eye contact. Putin twiddled his fingers. Obama contemplated the floor. Putin scratched his head for longer than seemed necessary.
Everyone assumed the presidents were beefing over Syria. But there may have been another contention: pumping iron.