November 9th, 2008
05:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Calif. governor says he's allowed 'back into the bedroom'

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife has been 'gloating' about Barack Obama's win.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife has been 'gloating' about Barack Obama's win.

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that even though his party didn’t win the presidential election, he has at least one thing to be happy about.

“I can get back into the bedroom, so there's the big advantage,” the California governor said Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Schwarzenegger, a leading Republican, is married to Maria Shriver, a member of the very Democratic Kennedy clan.

Shriver endorsed Barack Obama in February, just days after her husband announced his support of John McCain.

Schwarzenegger said his wife has been “gloating now for these last few days” and running around the house with a life-size cutout of Obama saying, “We won.”

Striking a more serious tone, Schwarzenegger said he doesn’t see how any incumbent party could have held onto power this year, given the economic situation and the housing crisis.

“I think no one knew that it's going to be that bad. I think the Republicans were trying to hold on to, you know, if it would have been just the housing crisis or the mortgage crisis. But then when the stock market crash came, I think it was just too much,” he said.

Looking to the future, Schwarzenegger said that Democrats and Republicans should come together and avoid getting stuck in ideology.

“Democrats and Republicans should do everything they can to help [Obama] and his administration to be successful, because when he is successful … then the nation is successful. And then the world is successful. So, we've all got to work together on this,” he said.


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soundoff (321 Responses)
  1. Sam

    Too bad that a progressive thinker like Arnold didn't endorse Obama...He could have gotten into the bed room a lot sooner :-)

    November 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. voter

    really arnold. I thought it was ironic that you critize Obama for wanting to raise taxes for those who are wealthy. Now you are considering raising taxes. Hyprocricy.

    November 9, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. rich

    OooH God No. This is information I do not need to hear.

    November 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Dora

    Well I guess that teaches him! Women do have the power.

    November 9, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. just bob

    As a resident of California with a multi-billion dollar budget deficit, maybe the Governator should spend more time and attention to a state which is falling apart rather than worrying about his carnal desires.

    November 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Jim

    I did not vote for Obama and find myself very bitter and angry about the whole ordeal. I have been on the losing and winning sides over the past forty years but this time I can not shake the feelings I have.....to see a man that by most standards a radical supported by the media (that I thought was neutral) with no experience what so ever wins over a man that has dedicated his whole life (50 years plus) to his country. I can not support this new president because he has not earned my respect and feel the country will be even more divided than ever before because of this lack of respect.........I am not alone. It is going to be a rough four years, we thought the years of Jimmy Carter was bad this time it is going to be extreme. The Democrats are to blame just as much as the Republicans when it comes to the economy......look at the record Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac to name a few).

    November 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Dave

    Too bad Arnold's Consitutionally not allowed to run for President or be chosen for Vice-President, but then again there is the argument that it didn't really matter in this election. In any case, he's right, what is good for the US is good for the world, but the US can't allow its generosity be seen as a weakness.

    November 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. tushyadev jadunundun

    and yeah, do take some private tuition is english pronunciation..your sux big time

    November 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Zago

    Anyway, in principle he should have been prevented to enter the house for at least one week and the bedroom for at least one month

    November 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Charla in DeKalb, TX

    Cute story about Maria gloating.....great example of how people from different backgrounds and beliefs CAN get along....even as husband and wife! Good example for much of the country.

    November 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Sherri

    I knew there was a reason I still liked you.

    November 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Pua, HI

    That is the tone to set... Democrats and Republicans to work together for the common good of all and support President-elect Obama.
    It is a funny comment about Maria Shriver celebrating and all. Actually it is very interesting how Arnold and Maria make their marriage work being so strongly aligned with different political parties, perhaps a sign it can also work in public for the political parties, as well.
    I did, however despise Governor Schwarzenegger's comments about Senator Obama and Europe when campaigning for Senator McCain.

    November 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Gambi

    Schwarzenegger says it all when he states Democrats and Republicans should do everything to help Obama to be successful, then the nation is successful. And the world is successful. It's comforting to hear key Republicans are willing to work with the new administration. It's a committment we all have got to make to move forward and end this crisis.

    November 9, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Hombre

    Haha, trust the Terminator to say stuff like this. Dry one line humor.

    November 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. DaProfessor

    Arnold is dead on right!

    The two parties need to cooperate and leave the right-wing extremists behind in the dust. We found out what their "values" are over the past 8 years. They were, are, and will be: Lying, hypocrisy, arrogance, war-mongering, doing everything you can, right or wrong, to win an election.

    The right-wing Evangelicals appear to be overly focused on extremist – religion and have now become obvious LOSERS. Nothing new there in history! Religious fanatics have started more wars than anyone else in history.

    November 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Real_Eyes

    So what. And as for that skinny legs comment, Barack whooped the socks off of yall Repubs, skinny legs and all. All of your sagging muscles couldn't uphold against that tide.

    November 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Sharon

    It's fine to say we need to come together....nothing could be more obvious.....but as long as Republicans condone the likes of Rush L. and others who are so divisive and misleading and put out the kind of mis-information and propaganda they do....that won't happen. It's past time for Republicans to develop some real ethics and a higher moral standard the the ENTIRE country ... we are ALL Americans and ALL residents of this rock we call earth....time to work together, step up, end the pettiness...we'll all be better off.

    November 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. suzyku

    I'm no longer a Californian however I really resented the "tone" of Arnold's campaigning for mccain. He was just as nasty as mccain/palin were!

    November 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Sharon

    It's fine to say we need to come together....nothing could be more obvious.....but as long as Republicans condone the likes of Rush L. and others who are so divisive and misleading and put out the kind of mis-information and propaganda they do....that won't happen. It's past time for Republicans to develop some real ethics and a higher moral standard the the ENTIRE country ... we are ALL Americans and ALL residents of this rock we call earth....time to work together, step up, end the pettiness...we'll all be better off.
    BTW...this is the FIRST blog I have posted!

    November 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    I Am Happy That Mccain Did Not Get Voted In! This Country Now Has A Chance To Recover From Failed Republican Leadership!

    November 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. zaye mangla

    The governor of CA delivered a great interview.He recognized the importance of moving beyond politics.He did also point out what republicans need to do restore their credibility nationwide:for a party to be viable, there is a need to address a message toall americans, based on their priorities and needs.

    November 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Beverly

    DEEP IN HIS HEART HE WANTED OBAMA TO WIN

    November 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Kyle from New York

    I am glad to see Mr. Schwarzenegger has an open mind about Obama's Presidency. Too many Republicans are still being negative about President-Elect Obama. We all must stand together and support Obama because he will be the one who can bring our country back from the problems we currently have.

    I have been an Obama supporter for over 2 years now and am glad that many people from across the country, white, black, hispanic, independent, democrat and republican are standing by him during this time of his transition into power.

    November 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. La Chatte

    Yeeeeewwwww! Way too much information. I don't even want to imagine...

    November 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Georgia Gal

    Schwarzenegger said his wife has been “gloating now for these last few days” and running around the house with a life-size cutout of Obama saying, “We won.”

    That's hysterical!

    November 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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