November 10th, 2008
11:29 AM ET
10 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.”

WATCH what Schwarzenegger says about the election

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 (113 Responses)
  1. Gracie


    November 10, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. Texas Trail Dog!

    You married a Kennedy. Isn't that bad enough. With all their dirty laundry and Obama's dirty laundry we ought to have an excellent run White House. HOORAY FOR THE IDIOTS WHO VOTED FOR HIM.

    November 10, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    I saw the interview with the Gov. yesterday with John King, and was quite impressed. And he's right. We need our representatives to work together. I'm sick of partisan politics and pro America vs. anti America. There's a greater cause here – the U.S.

    November 10, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  4. Tony

    Are you SURE you're a Republican? You sound too intelligent to be one.

    November 10, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Shelli, WV

    Well said!!!

    November 10, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. BJ

    Yep, Arnie can get back into the bedroom. Unfortunately, millions of gays and lesbians in California can't. Bigots.

    November 10, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Rave

    Who cares for his bedroom stories.. Just shut up governer.. it is over.
    This guy is a living JOKE

    November 10, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. elvera

    Who cares what Schwarzenegger said? I have always disliked him but after he made fun of Obama’s physical appearance during McCain’s rally, I cannot stand him. Barack Obama looks like Michelangelo’s David as compared to Schwarzenegger. To me, Schwarzenegger looks like huge gorilla or bulldog. His muscles (thanks to steroids) do not make him good-looking or smart. I wish he would continue to play cheap roles in cheap movies and leave politics alone. Doesn’t California have somebody with brain to be their governor?
    Elvera, Grandmother in Texas

    November 10, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |

    Funny, I thought Arnold WENT BACK to his native Austria 🙂

    November 10, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. jfz

    Arnold Schwarzenegger's back in bed? So, we finally learn that Maria Shriver calls the shots both in the bedroom AND out! (A roll-playing variation of Democrats controlling the House and Senate perhaps?)

    November 10, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. CB2

    I love Maria Shriver!!! Arnold was out of line for his skinny leg comments. However, I knew that he nothing else to say about Obama so why not attack his bodily appearances.

    I guess if Obama was spending his time as a body builder, than he would have been elected governor of Cali, too!!

    November 10, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  12. sylvia carter

    Well said. Welcome back to the bedroom. I love Maria and you are back to being OK.

    November 10, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. David

    Obama needs to save those DHL jobs in Ohio.

    November 10, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  14. The Pecan State Pundit

    Schwarzenegger has always been several cuts above the rest of the Republican leadership. Unlike them, actually wants good things for the country. They only want good things for themselves and their corporate sugar daddies.

    It is the duty of the loyal opposition in these times to be more loyal than opposing. The country cannot indulge Conservatives who only want to use our political processes for their own enrichment and oppose anything and everything that does not result in a new stream of wealth to themselves (only).

    November 10, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  15. CC

    Arnold, now we know you voted for Obama. He is right now is the time for the both parties to come together. The world needs help through this crisis. We pray that Obama leads with God in mind.

    November 10, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  16. facts are facts

    The Republicans simply can't face the facts their philosophies are not in touch with the needs of the country. The days of greed and right wing extremism are past and the religious right is just a burden on their party.

    Unless someone or a group of their more sensible down to earth members takes over the purges the wackos and kooks from the party they will slowly fade into oblivion.

    November 10, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  17. Another AC

    Oh, I thought he was talking about Prop 8...

    As an ally (and child of a minister), I am totally appalled by those who would use religion to prevent others from having rights simply because of their own hatred/fear. Christ said NOTHING about a person's sexuality– and if we're going to start basing all laws in the US on the Old Testament, a whole lot of people are going to be in trouble.

    November 10, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |

    Smart move Maria..,You should have kept him out of the bedroom until January 20th.

    November 10, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. idahosa, Canada

    funny guy...

    November 10, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Barbara

    When Obama energizes people, who are not working, inspire them to work, stop the big labor unions that ask too much from companies, keep work and companies in America so there is work for people, stop the big executive bonus, the pattern of R. Reagan implemented, then we will be on the path to success!

    November 10, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. Brian

    I love this guy!!!

    November 10, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. proud army and navy mom

    I don't understand how a woman as intelligent as Maria could have married such a bumbling idiot. He's a caveman. EEEEEEwww!

    November 10, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. Christopher

    WHO CARES!!!! I mean, I like the Terminator...IN MOVIES!!! Otherwise, I really dont care much for him.

    November 10, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Ade

    Yo!! ok now you agree Republicans didnt have a chance,,,No wonder you decided to make fun of Obama's skinny legs.......But dang he literally gave the Republican party a SLAM DUNK with the huge win ......I guess skinny legs can be dangerous too

    November 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. LT in Texas

    Considering he has not keep his campaign promises in CA and is considering rausing sales taxes 1% to an average of over 9% in the state!!

    An increase the the "car tax" or license fee that got his predessor recalled is being proposed by HIM. Yes Mr. Governor,you have terminated the CA economy.

    November 10, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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