They say power is the greatest aphrodisiac - and all the better if that power is wielded by a handsome face. Inspired by Mexico's dashing new president, this post salutes fashionable and sexy heads of state. Not surprisingly, few of the world's presidents, prime ministers, sultans and dictators are heartthrobs. However, I managed to find nine heads of state who are worthy of some adolescent ogling - and two honorable mentions. (Ages are as of July 2014).
ENRIQUE PENA NIETO
President of Mexico
The youngest of my choices, he was elected president on July 1, 2013 (with less than 40% of the vote). Appearance-wise he reminds me of a Latin Jon Huntsman but having sired two illegitimate children his personal life is more like that of John Edwards.
President of the United States
He may wear "mom" jeans when he's relaxing, but Obama wears a suit very well (European fit, no doubt). Furthermore, he has a great gait, a wonderful smile and a soothing, intelligent speaking voice. Even his graying hair hasn't detracted from his sex appeal.
Prime Minister of Israel
Exuding classic Israeli arrogance and swagger, he infuriates the Arab world because he can be as stubborn and vengeful as they are. A very hot soldier as a young man, Netanyahu is now an honorary "Silver Daddy".
President of Ecuador
This charismatic and very popular president was pals with the late Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chavez. His style somewhat resembles that of New Jersey's blowhard governor Chris Christie (minus a few hundred pounds). As president he once confronted police during a strike and dared them to shoot him. Instead, they took him hostage and he was rescued by the army.
Former president of Chile
Very suave and handsome in a John Forsythe kind of way, he looks like a head of state from central casting. He came to the world's attention a few years ago during the miraculous rescue of the Chilean miners. His term ended at the beginning of the 2014.
President of Afghanistan
He may be a double-dealing prick of an "ally" (who will be out of office soon), but he gets style points for his tribal hat. And he looks good without it as well. Reminds me of Ben Kingsley.
QABOOS BIN SAID AL SAID
Sultan of Oman
He of the beautiful, flowing robes. The oldest of my choices, he's said to be gay.
JOSE MARIA NVES
Prime Minister of Cape Verde Islands
Jose Maria Neves (Prime Minister of the Cape Verde Islands, age 54) - A tip of the hat to this tiny nation of 500,000. Neves has the same professorial look that makes President Obama sexy.
Prime Minister of Russia
Dmitry Medvedev (Prime Minister of Russia, age 48) - And finally, representing the northern latitudes, the pasty Dmitry Medvedev. Last year he recently handed over power to his diabolical mentor, Vladimir Putin, but is still prime minister. He has a boyish appeal (somewhat reminds me of Simon Cowell). Unlike Putin, there haven't been any photos circulated of a barechested Medvedev out in the wilderness.
Both resigned in 2012, Serbia's president Boris Tadic and Portugal's prime minister Jose Socrates. And both are 56 and look somewhat alike - separated at birth? Under Socrates' leadership same-sex marriage was legalized in Portugal in 2011.