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. Joyce, Kentucky

    I heard Arnold's speech on the stump for McCain. Does he regret saying Obama needed help building up his skinny little chest and skinny little legs. The croud went wild!!! This is supposedly an intelligent man (Governor). Has the Governor no shame in thinking this was a political speech. I was ashamed for him. Anyway, Obama's "skinny" shipped the pants of the GOP. Hopefully, Arnold along with McCain/Palin will not be heard from anytime soon. Maria, you are a lovely lady. You have my sympathy. Go Obama

    November 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Wendy

    Anything he says now is BS after the way he made fun of Barack Obama during one of McCain's rallies. Barack could be a "skinny boy" like Arnold poked fun that night but Barack has BRAINS!

    You Arnold have muscles but lack brains!

    November 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. A Real American

    You're next, Arnie...

    November 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. dkr

    Stupid story!

    Cali is stupid for having this guy run their state.

    November 9, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. ems Mike

    Arnold, I'm glad you can now get back in your bedroom.

    Now, get your party and your party's ideology out of the bedrooms of ALL Californians!

    Magic undies do NOT belong in every bedroomin CA.

    November 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Sen. Joe Lieberman

    For those who criticize the Republican Party for being exclusive...
    :-)

    November 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. rainy

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

    So why didn't he say that when the Repubs were in power. Now that the other party is in power the Repubs are advocating cooperation. Seems to me they want their cake and be able to eat it too.

    They are a really sad joke!

    November 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. The Pecan State Pundit

    It is not the duty of the Republican Party to do it's best to undermine the nation's hopes for a successful Obama Administration. Their criticisms are all examples of knee-jerk Conservatism at it's worst. They ran Washington like a sleazy casino for the last 30 years – whenever they had a chance. They led us into a war that had no reason and into a recession that could have been avoided.

    Some of them now feel that their duty is to try to cripple this administration so they can elect one of their own to the presidency in 2012 – no matter who.

    November 9, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. LMC in Seattle

    We need to all work together obviously and it is important for people to get over their feelings and reach "across" to people of different parties, beliefs, and cultures to work together. I would also like to hope that this election year will teach future campaigners to be more positive and dwell on the issues and how they will try to solve them, instead of spitting out hate and venom that solves nothing.

    by the way, the reason the founding fathers specified that the president had to a natural born American citizen, rather than naturalized is that they felt it was best that the president owe absolutely no allegiance to another country. As liberal as I am, I still think that's a good idea!

    November 9, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. julio

    Unfortunately some individuals on this blog do not understand what coming together means. Governor Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have it right. Enough with the demos said this and the reps said that. Enough already!

    November 9, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Jack Fritscher

    BACK TO WHOSE BEDROOM? It's soooo nice that Arnold can get "back into his bedroom" which is ironic because I can't get back into my bedroom, and neither can my devoted same-sex partner of 30 years—because churches (mixing religionism and politics) voted against Marriage Equality with Proposition 8.

    November 9, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Zion

    Dang, you were kicked out of paradise.

    November 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. SJB

    Arnold should be allowed to run for President. I'd vote for him.

    November 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Sacha

    Leave the governor alone. He is a republican and McCain came to his state. What was he SUPPOSED to say? Notice, he didn't say much about policy. He would have been clobbered at home!!!
    Obama / Biden 08-16

    November 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. alex

    HA HA that was a funny Maria let him back in Arnie needs some love!!!!!

    November 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Wow ah nold oh ne in cow-e-forn-ah.wee glad uleeder

    November 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Sorry Arnie, you backed the wrong horse for the 21st Century.
    Enjoy the wilderness.

    OB12

    November 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. RGG

    If Arnie is sincere which I doubt, he should resign from the Republican party and run as an independent.

    November 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Peggy (Ohio)

    I was surprised at the interview. I thought the Gov. was very impressive. Of all the intelligent things he said, this one had to get the headline?

    November 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Wanderer

    I had a feeling that the reason why Obama was constantly negatively attacked by the Republicans from top to bottom, although not all Republicans, during the campaign not because Obama lacked of experience, capability to lead, or judgment, but because the Republicans, again from top to bottom, underestimated Obama and believed that Obama would never be elected for whatever reasons that only known by their own hearts toward Obama. I hope they are the Republicans not wishing Obama will screw up in the next four years, instead, like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said: “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,”

    November 9, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Otunuya

    The republican are good at the game they play. The forget that peoples lives is on the line. Hope they don't come back to power for the next 16years, so the demcrate would have the hance to bring country back where it was years ago.

    November 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Sarah

    Wife must support Husband to build family. I have given up several things and disagreement in order to support my husband. She should have done too.

    November 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Me

    Haha... I think its time we changed the gov. of CA :D

    November 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Thu

    Great story. Funny!!

    November 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. mark from france

    do we still have morons in USA?

    November 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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