07/04/2011 10:11 am ET Updated Aug 17, 2012

Politicos In Swimwear: Obama, Carla Bruni, Nixon & More (PHOTOS, POLL)

With the mercury rising this Independence day, the only thing we want to do is go for a swim. And to celebrate our beach-ward aspirations we've gathered photos of various political leaders (and wives) from around the world strutting their stuff in swimwear.

Of course you've already seen pictures of Barack Obama's romp in the Hawaiian surf, but what about Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong? He's in the mix, along with Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, the Nixon family and Gerald Ford.

Take a look below and tell us what you think.