President Idol

Do you like your president? If you don’t politically, at least you do physically because she/he may have a good ranking in the hottest heads of state list.

Three recent talks with fellow international students ended up with gossiping our presidents.

Photo by Ady Nugroho

It was real that young Iranian people don’t like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was proving what I read and wrote in the wake of Iranian elections 2009. One day I said to an Iranian friend that Ahmadinejad was very popular and well-referred in Indonesia for his tough stance in facing Western countries.

“I know most people in Muslim countries support him. But he’s not good for Iranian people,” he said. Not good not only for his policies but also the way he claims victory in the last election. “He cheated the election,” he alleged.

The other day, another Iranian student made the idea very clear. He argued that Ahmadinejad didn’t have enough capacity to be Iranian head of state because he was too young in politics when he was elected president for the first term in 2005. He mentioned too many negative judgments on the president to be published safely without fear of defamation charge.

“I will be very happy to give you my president if you want,” he said just to emphasize how big Iranian educated people’s desire to topple their president.

Beautiful president

An Argentine student couldn’t stop talk about security issues in her country during a pub-time. She blamed the government for not taking proper measure to protect people, locals and foreigners, from rampant crimes across the country.

“But you should be proud to have the sexiest and most beautiful president in the world,” I said because I think Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is.

“Oh nooooo! Don’t say that! She’s horrible. She pretended to be a human rights defender when she was campaigning, but she is actually not,” she replied spontaneously. She said the existing human rights law in the America’s southern-most country was protecting the criminals. “Because criminals are facing court which is state while victims aren’t threatened by the state,” she said.

Again, too many negative judgments on Mrs. Kirchner came out of her mouth. The safest one to publish may be that she has no difference with his husband, the previous President Nestor Kirchner, in personal image.

Hottest toppers

There is another way to appreciate or depreciate heads of state actually like the one done by Hottest Heads of State blog. The latest ranking of the hottest and most gorgeous heads of state or heads of administration was released in November 2009.

In fact, Mrs. Kirchner was placed on number five. She was defeated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Thymoshenko who was on the top of the list. Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg, King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila are in between.

Not bad. Ahmadinejad is on the 48th.

Guess who is on number 126! President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is there. Even though he has put quite big concern on building personal image, it seems he will have to work harder on it. Hopefully this poll doesn’t make him feel intimidated or downtrodden. He frequently claims of being target of assassination and overthrow from power.

People in Indonesia like to make funny or ridicule their president too. So we don’t like our president and see president of other countries better than ours.

Have your say about your president, prime minister, king, queen, chancellor, emperor, emir, chairman, sovereign, sultan, prince, grand duke or whatever you name it. What do you say about yours?

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