He said power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. At the time, he was creating the fiction he was flying off to Paris for romantic trysts, and his comment was calculated to reinforce the story. The truth was he was negotiating with the North Vietnamese and concealing it. The starlets who went with him were in on the game. Those involved have said since they never stayed in the same room with him, though I am a bit skeptical of the strict truth of that part. Had I been in his shoes I certainly would not have turned her down had she shown an interest, as surely one or more of them must have.