American presidential expert Stephen Wayne from Georgetown University in Washington says this weekend's summit is "consistent with the approach of George W Bush to say: 'I'm a nice guy, you're a nice guy, we can talk'."
"He's obviously not bringing Putin to Kennebunkport to scold him. I think Bush is signalling that we can be two human beings and work towards our best interests together."
....As with most visitors to the area, Mr Putin is almost certain to get his share of the local fare: seafood.
Steve Kingston, owner of The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport has been working with the Bush family's private chef Ariel De Guzman preparing the menu for the summit.
"If it's lunch it's going to be boiled lobster and if it's dinner, we're going to do a lobster appetiser followed by swordfish," he told the BBC News website.