Sunday, May 16, 2010
Born: January 28, 1955, making him an Aquarius
Height: 5'5", maybe 5'6" - nobody really knows
Marital Status: On wife #3, three children
Position: President of the French Republic, and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra (we're not sure how you can Co-Prince or even where Andorra is... but he's a Prince!)
Overall G-20 Rating: 12
Good/Bad: Oh definitely Bad Bad. Bad to the bone. He met his second wife when he was officiating at her wedding. His third wife is the gorgeous Carla Bruni.
Despite his short stature, his need to control his public images (to the point of censorship its been contended) and something of a temper, he still seems to draw the beautiful Josephines.
Is it the power? The money? The sex? We don't really know. And if we did, we're not sure we'd tell - given his tendency to go after those that displease him.
We like his aristocratic name. Officially both of his Hungarian last names are related to places. We did come across one translation that stated it means "Prince of Darkness". Its a bit of a stretch.
Sarkozy calls himself a Pragmatist. And he's been known to call some of the fine citizens of France hooligans and scum. The French left have started "anti-Sarko" movements and have accused him of being a "populist".
And as long as we're slinging a little bit of mud, we'll mention that Sarkozy tried to stop production of a voodoo doll made in his likeness, claiming he had a right to control his own image.
But hey, he's handsome. He's French. He runs an entire country. If it wasn't for all that emotional baggage we assume he's carrying from being abandoned by his father at a young age, he'd be super hot.
We imagine that if we hung with Nicholas we'd never have to wait for tables and room service orders would always be prompt and never, ever wrong.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
We like this picture of Hu Jintao, cause its the only one we could find of him smiling. But we don't know the source.
Name: Hu Jintao
Born: 21 December, 1942, making him a Sagittarius
Marital Status: Married, two children
Position: Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President of the People's Republic of China
Overall G-20 Rating: 8
Good/Bad: Good. Yeah. Just plain good. Its hard to get a read on President Hu. He's got all his hair. He seems like a nice enough guy. He likes table tennis and ballroom dancing.
But we're more inclined towards guys who like table dancing and ballroom tennis.
For fun, we might put President Hu and Lula (Brazil) together and see what happens.
President Hu did help roll out the "Eight Honours and Eight Shames" to help lead the people of China back onto a moral path. Since we've lived so long with 7 deadly sins, we give him kudos for finding an eighth. And also for not just nagging people with don'ts but giving a list of dos as well.
President Hu is likely a workaholic, running China and all. So we'll just leave him to it.
Photo: Harper and Cheddar. (PMO handout)
Name: Stephen Joseph Harper
Born: April 30, 1959, making him a Taurus
Marital Status: Married, two children
Overall G-20 Rating: 10 (he was going to get a 5, but he likes cats and he's donated pics of him and kittens for silent auctions, so that gives him another 5. We like cats).
Good/Bad: Bad Bad. And not for the usual bad bad reasons (drug use, adultery, murder). Harper gets a bad bad, cause with charismatic leaders like Lula (Brazil) and Obama around, he's just not cutting it.
We think he's probably a nice guy. And he grew up in Leaside, so we're pretty sure he's got great manners. And Harper's done some cool stuff - sang on stage with YoYo Ma, plays in a band (Herringbone), appeared in an episode of Corner Gas. Plus he's a good Canadian boy who loves hockey.
But he just seems so blah.
At a party, we'd pawn him off on Rudd (Australia) and get back to cruising the room.
If there's something we're missing, please, please, let us and the rest of the world know!
Us GSpot20 girls are eternal optimists, so we're hoping he'll still surprise us.
In the meantime, we're sure he'll be a most delightful host for the rest of the G-20.
Name: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Born: October 27, 1945, making him a Scorpio
Marital Status: Widowed, married his second wife in 1974
Position: President of Brazil
Overall G-20 Rating: 16
Good/Bad: We're gonna give him a bad good.
The photo above is essentially the front porch of his official residence. That's kinda bad ass.
He's commonly known as "Lula" and legally added that to his name in 1982.
Lula ran for President 3 times before winning - so he's got tenacity. We like that. We think he'd probably woo you til he won you over.
Of all the G-20s, he'd definitely win Mr. Popularity. In 2010, Time magazine called him the most influential leader in the world. President Obama gave him a shout out at the G20 summit in Britain in 2009 "That's my man right there... The most popular politician on earth."
If Obama is crazy about him, so are we! And there's a movie about him - about his life up until the age of 35. He didn't learn to read until he was 10. He started working at the age of 12. A workplace accident at the age of 19 left him without a little finger but led to the start of his political career, as it got him involved in the Workers' Union.
Lula had a tough life growing up and now look at him. Look at that house! Forget the American dream. The new standard is living the Lula Dream.
Lula has worked hard towards erasing hunger and poverty in Brazil. He's also helped turn the economy of Brazil around.
There are whispers and hints of scandals, mostly involving corruption. But we're not really listening cause he's so damn charming and doing such good stuff.
Full name: Kevin Michael Rudd
Born: September 21, 1957, making him a Virgo
Marital Status: Married, three children
Position: Prime Minster ofAustralia
Overall G-20 Rating: 15
(Image is from ABC Aus. Website. We're not sure if he's giving the peace sign or counting)
Good/Bad: Mr. Rudd (so very bad on leaders of state protocol - what do you call a Prime Minister?) gets a good good rating with a twist of boring. We probably wouldn't talk to him at a party unless we knew who he was. All you have to do is mention KPMG and our eyes glaze over and we're already excusing ourselves to hit the bar for another drink. Add in happily married, three kids, strong Christian values and we're off and doing rail shots.
Speaking of rails… apparently, in 2007 while on a trip to New York, Mr. Rudd entered a strip club. He left immediately once he realized where he was.
And at 5'10.5", he won't even claim 5'11" and doesn’t even lie about his height.
We give him lots of credit for having a strong moral compass and sticking to it. That means a lot to good girls who like good boys. Yawn.
Mr. Rudd apologized to the Indigenous Australians for the stolen generations, he's big on doing something about climate change, and he probably flosses every night. Your mom would love him.
He has his own website http://www.pm.gov.au/, which is exceptionally informative but could be jazzed up with dancing koalas or something.
But I confess, the girls of G20 might just be suffering a little bit of PM envy. Mr. Rudd seems to be an all around good guy and not too shabby of a leader otherwise. Plus, he's got that lovely Aussie accent. If only he wasn't so boring.
Full name: Barack Hussein Obama II
Born: August 4, 1961, making him a Leo
Marital Status: Married, two children
Position: President of the United States
Overall G-20 rating: 16 (he'd be a 20, but loses points for smoking)
Good/bad: So far, President Obama seems to be a good good, with a hint of bad.
As a fit, young hottie, President Obama sets the bar quite high. We can't imagine any degrading trysts involving dresses, cigars and clarification of what sex is. We're pretty sure he knows.
We like him because he evades the press corp to watch his kids play soccer. He's got charisma coming out the wazoo. He sent chills down our spines with his awesome "Yes, We Can" speech.
And he's got a smoking hot wife.
This all started because we were talking about the men of the G-20 and wondering who they were.
And we're lovers, not fighters, so don't be nasty to us, please.
We'll rate the men of the G-20 on an overall general scale of 20. And we'll provide as much of the general stats on them as we can find (height, star sign, birthdate, etc). As well as other relevant information that will help you in considering their date-worthiness.
We'll include their marital status, but since that doesn't seem to be a real indicator of anything, its only in there for statistical purposes.
The Men of the G-20 will also get a rating of good/bad, which has a scale of 4 - good good. good bad. bad good. bad bad.
My personal favourite is the good bad guy... just letting you know my own personal bias (and probably the reason why I'm still single!).
We thought we'd go through the men alphabetically, but got led astray by Obama - who sort of has set the bar for us, so we'll start with him!
As a single woman living in this fabulous metropolis, I am always amazed/shocked/flabbergasted/suckerpunched by the ratio of women to men at social events.
It doesn't matter if it’s a foodie event, a twitterverse gathering, a fundraiser, or even – yes – single mixers, the ratio is usually 60% or more women. And I'm pretty sure there are just as many single men as women out there. I really don’t get whats going on.
So I've been wondering about how to get more men out to events, or what events are male-centric and I realized we've got a hotbed of honeys right here on our doorstep.
That’s right – the G20. A male-dominated extravaganza of men from all over the world.
We have good guys, bad guys, and everything in between. Here in Toronto, we have it all. No need to look any further.
I thought we'd outline the Men of the G20 over the next few weeks. Letting you girls see whats out there. Maybe you'll see something you like. Maybe it will help you realize theres a lot more out there than you think. And for you guys, hopefully it will get your ass off the couch and out to those events you always think about attending, but never make it to. Before some anarchist from Argentina takes the woman of your dreams.
We'll try to outline at least one man of the G20 a day. Feel free to suggest candidates. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @gspot20.
We'll keep going until we run out of candidates, or they throw us into that temporary jail they've got going on down at the old film studio. If that happens, please send us oranges so we don’t get scurvy.
The Girls of Gspot20