November 10th, 2008
11:29 AM ET
9 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. JDC

    I hear Monica Lewinski is available.

    November 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. LIP

    This is all very nice, but reality is that the Democrats wouldn't do it when the Republicans needed them to work together and now look where we are. The Democratically controlled congress ended with the lowest approval rating ever and now they need the Republicans help...the revenge cycle continues and we the people suffer.

    November 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Jumbo Joe From NYC


    November 10, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. w.l. jones

    Each and every American look deep in your heart and thank Gov. Schwarzenegger for his insight at what proud to be an American. Lay all our different aside and be what we can be one people for one and all in this country need. Bless all.

    November 10, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. AKGrown

    Well if she doesn't want him I'll take him off her hands.... ummm it's Arnold! C'mon, who doesn't love him! Yea he's three times my age but he is still a stud...

    November 10, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. David

    As a Californian, I'm not the biggest fan of Arnold. He's cut quite a bit of education funding, which I take issue with. But in general, he's one of the most moderate Republicans I've ever known; so as a moderate, I have tremendous respect for him. Plus on social issues, he often takes the opposing side compared to many of his Republican colleagues. He's the kind of Republican I wouldn't mind voting for for President....'sept he can't run.

    November 10, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. Ken in Dallas

    At least there's one Republican humble(d) enough not to be a sore loser.

    November 10, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Austin TX

    Arnold is a role model for us all. I admired him when he was eight time Mr. Olympia and was a major influence in the health movement in this country a few decades ago, he continues his charities, and youth sports, special olympics, health clubs, nutrition, and healthy living. He is pro family, pro traditional marriage, and since he is pro life, does not support abortion, I like him even more. Maybe if more of you saw what a late term abortion actually is, pulling the legs out, piercing and crushing the skull, you would all have a conversion. Well, liberals are Godless, I forget. Obama is supporting FOCA.

    November 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. miguel

    Arnie, you're a democat in disguise. you've married into that criminal origanization.

    November 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. frodo

    So, I guess I missed something. Obama before the election said that he was FOR drilling. Now he is reviewing the presidential executive orders and saying he will repeal drilling? Anything to get elected....
    McCain is just as bad.

    The government has become a shadow of our freedoms and liberties. The republicans and democrats have created our problems...and I guess that it's a great analogy to have Maria and Arnold in bed together...The Democrats and Republicans have been in bed together for a very long time, and only have a tussle around election time. Then it's back to the same.

    November 10, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. EW

    Typical Democrat comments here. No matter what anyone says its wrong unless they say it.

    Arnold said exactly what all the Democrats have been saying but yet he gets condemned by the Democrats for saying it.

    More proof of the 'I'm right, your wrong' attitude of people that call themselves Democrats.

    November 10, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Ken

    Arnold is a good man, but he needs to tell his fellow Republicans that one reason they lost was the mean-spiritedness that has become their trademark. If someone disagrees with you, they are anti-America, terrorists, socialists, Marxists, godless, and aiding and abetting the enemy.

    Republicans love to claim the title of "family values" and "Christian values" but their campaigns violate those values. Until they learn to walk the walk, I hope the American people continue to give them the loud and clear message that happened last week.

    November 10, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. Jackie in TN

    Well said, Arnold! Coming from a previous Californian who voted for you while living there, I know that you are automatically going to be scrutinized from all of your unprofessional non-supporters. I guess that if our conservative party had won the ticket on Tuesday, you know that we'd be subjected to all sorts of backlash because of it. Please know that I am very honored by your light-hearted humor through all of this, especially knowing that you aren't behaving like a bag of "sour grapes" about it! Wish you could run for Prez!!!

    November 10, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. EW


    Explain Illinois. Controlled by Democrats and in dire shape to say the least.
    Chicago is another shining example of Democrat rule. Murder capital of the country and a 50% high school dropout rate.

    Its partisan BS like yours that is killing this country.

    November 10, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. mayah

    it is great that you both, can agree, to disagree, country need to follow down that path, and still be UNITED as ONE NATION..

    November 10, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Karen from Charlottesville

    go Maria! Good to joke about it when so many couples had both McCain/Palin and Obama/signs side by side on the front lawn. That's what makes us a GREAT country!

    November 10, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Bill NY

    Right on my Austrian Brother!

    November 10, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. dave oh

    Obama needs to save all jobs. First, he needs to have the government take over all companies and then use tax money to pay our paychecks. This would be better than paying people unemployment to produce nothing.

    Then he should force the car companies to make all the same model of cars, this would reduce costs and allow for a streamlined manufacturing process.

    Then he could get rid of the different restaurants and grocery stores and tell vendors to supply the same products to all. By giving us coupons, he could ensure that each family gets the nutrition they need on a daily basis. This would improve our health and drastically reduce the need for a huge healthcare plan. He could combine the healthcare plan with the DMV so that when we go to renew license plates, we also get a physical.

    November 10, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Greg M

    Maybe his wife should be the governor, she seems to be the smart one.

    Obama 08'....................................................................

    November 10, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. Nathan,

    The terminator had his marital privileges terminated. This guy is no more Republican than his wife. Just like when he was doing movies he's bad at playing something or someone he's not. Someone should tell him that he could be a Democrat and still kill a lot of people in his movies.

    November 10, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. mitch

    EW: republicans should never have questioned our patriotism. i will never forgive them for that. so stick it!

    November 10, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Larry David

    When I read the headline I thought he was referring to the way California voters decided that they should be regulating the private lives of its citizens when they decided to deny gays and lesbians the basic right of marriage. Oh well as long as he as a heterosexual white male is not denied his rights that's all that matters!!

    November 10, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Jim Colorado

    One will say most anything when it is obvious they need financial help from poor fiscal policies. Wonder how he will do ,come his re-election?

    November 10, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. JIM...TX

    Texas trail Dog...get over it. Your party having run McCain/Palin as candidates was a JOKE! Listening to them talk it was quite obvious to anyone with ANY sense they were not what we needed to lead us out of Dubya's mess.

    November 10, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Dale, Phoenix

    Congrats Arnold, now I understand the big smile in the picture there.

    November 10, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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