December 20th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama gets an 'A' for effort from Schwarzenegger

'He’s a great speaker, a great communicator,' Gov. Schwarzenegger said of the president.
'He’s a great speaker, a great communicator,' Gov. Schwarzenegger said of the president.

Washington (CNN) – Not every Republican is a critic of President Obama. At least one thinks the president is doing a fine job – at least when it comes to the effort involved in being the country’s chief executive.

Asked to give Obama a grade as the end of the president’s first year in office approaches, Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s Republican governor, gave Obama high marks.

“When it comes to effort, [Obama] should get a straight A,” Schwarzenegger told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that aired Sunday on State of the Union.

“He’s out there with tremendous energy and he’s selling his ideas. And he has great enthusiasm there. He’s a great speaker, a great communicator.”

The one-time Hollywood action star also had some advice for Obama as the president tries to push his agenda through Capitol Hill’s partisanship.

“He has to hang in there,” Schwarzenegger told King, “be tough, just continue on, never give up, eventually he’s going to get all those things done.”

The California governor was echoing the sentiments of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who joined Schwarzenegger in the interview on State of the Union.

Bloomberg, a identified Independent and longtime Obama ally, was more circumspect in his assessment of the president’s first year.

After noting several challenges Obama has been facing since taking office, Bloomberg said he would give the president “a pretty high grade.”

“I hate to use letters,” Bloomberg said. “But [Obama] is working very hard and trying. And he’s got enthusiasm and drive. And I would just urge him to don’t – if he doesn’t get everything he wants – don’t get beaten down, don’t go back into your shell.”

Related video: Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg weigh in on the economy

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. C Spurgeon

    Wow. some pretty classy gentlemen. Not just more Republican thuggery.

    December 20, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. David from Wisconsin

    I would give Arnold an A for effort too, and for being honest, and thoughtful.

    December 20, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Reg

    I would definitely agree with Gov. Schwarzenegger and Mayor Bloomberg. President Obama is doing a tremendous job at getting the country back on its feet, particularly when his naysayers offer no realistic ideas on getting the job done other than tax cuts for those on the higher end of American's payscale. Considering how well that tactic did over the last eight years, it's a wonder that anyone still considers solely using that failed idea.

    December 20, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. samvik

    If I had no money and depended on federal aid for survival, I would have said the same thing!!

    December 20, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Pelosi's a see-you-en-tea

    You just know what he intended that "A" to stand for if you have read the letter that Schwarzenegger sent to his own congress. And in that case, I would have to agree with him!

    December 20, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Arnold.......

    You are the leader of a bankrupt, failed state.........your opinions are less than meaningless.

    December 20, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. ds

    “I hate to use letters,” Bloomberg said. “But [Obama] is working very hard and trying. And he’s got enthusiasm and drive. And I would just urge him to don’t – if he doesn’t get everything he wants – don’t get beaten down, don’t go back into your shell.”

    I did not know President Obama had a shell...

    December 20, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Larry

    How wonderful to read about an open-minded fair Republican! This California governor continues to rise in my estimation. Let him be an example to all the small-minded obstructionists in Congress. My god, be an American first, a partisan second.

    December 20, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Rasaq Seriki

    Honestly Mr. President deserve "A" this kind of remarks are encouranging and welcome. one good tongue deserve another, there are tools and countless ideas in hands and 'am very optimistic with the cooperation of congress and American people there would't be problem to run with eyes and nose. I raised the issue of employement because i believes is ono on one affairs that needs attention others are counting on it as excuse to demote accomplishment in future.

    December 20, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Rasaq Seriki

    Honestly Mr. President deserve "A" this kind of remark are encouranging and welcome. one good tongue deserve another, there are tools and countless ideas in hands and 'am very optimistic with the cooperation of congress and American people there would't be problem to run with eyes and nose. I raised the issue of employement because i believes is ono on one affairs that needs attention others are counting on it as excuse to demote accomplishment in future.

    December 20, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Dean

    He also gets top marks for lying and deceiving.

    December 20, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Rasaq Seriki

    Honestly Mr. President deserve "A" this kind of remark is encouranging and welcome. one good tongue deserve another, there are tools and countless ideas in hands and 'am very optimistic with the cooperation of congress and American people there would't be problem to run with eyes and nose. I raised the issue of employement because i believes is ono on one affairs that needs attention others are counting on it as excuse to demote accomplishment in future.

    December 20, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Obamaismyguy!

    Thank you for this article. I wonder how most of us would feel if our bosses and colleagues never thanked us for how hard we work and instead only focused on what we haven't yet gotten done.

    I get so tired of the media concentrating on what hasn't yet gotten done (in less than a year), and never reveling in all that our President HAS done. He is working so hard against almost impossible odds and yet is not given any kind of credit. Why is it that so many people seem to WANT to beat him down. He is an amazing person and even though I don't agree with everything he has done, I am still proud I voted for him.

    December 20, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Oh no...Republicans who aren't sticking to the Obama is a Socialist narrative....

    December 20, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Roger

    Why was the most important part of the interview left out of this article. The Govenor of California was ogignially supporting the Health Care Bill but has now come out and said he no longer supports the Bill as it will cost Calfiornia over 3 Billion dollars which the State does not have.

    December 20, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. Cory

    Funny, most Conservatives have a name for Arnold: RINO. It stands for Republican in NAME ONLY. And it fits him well.

    December 20, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    ARNOLD apears to be the only smart republican .. he stands behind the man we voted in as president .. smart man and I too agree Mr. Obama is doing a wonderful job . econmy is on its way back security is doing better two wars winding down and he is working on rebuilding our name in the world .. the same one that CHENEY ROVE bush destroyed .. kep up the great work :)

    December 20, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Denna

    Finally, the Party of No produced a couple of Republicans with brains who aren't afraid to give the president high marks for the work he is trying to do. It almost makes up for the idiots who are determined to see him fail. They still don't get it. If he fails so does the United States. We need President Obama to succeed.

    December 20, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. vette gal

    See, here's what a republican looks and sounds like when he's not going to make a career out of politics. Good for Arnold! The rest of the naysayer republican politicians are just looking out for their jobs; they could care less about us, the average person.

    December 20, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. ran

    The GOP are going to have a rude awakening in 2010 and 2012 when they lose instead of win.

    What they have done since President Obama took office is shameful and will not be forgotten.

    We will not go back to the past of Regan or Bush. The time of hate, fear, obstructionism, party first, special interest first are gone .

    December 20, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    ARNIE, KING OF THE RINOS!!

    (What a disappointment. I wouldn't vote for this Hollywood has-been for dogcatcher. Not only has he proven himself to be completely ineffective as a governor, but also a gullible chump for the America-hating left.)

    December 20, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Mr Ken O.

    Its make sense when people politics is taken out of a simple question. It takes only a bunch of scripted politicians to unanimously disagree/find fault with everything Obama does and unanimously say NO to everything. President Obama has been "out there" working even before he took office. I don't remember rebublicans careing about Healthcare and they economy, when Bush was in office. Can you really see Macain as our president, does he not look like an angry old man all the time? Can you really see Sara Palin as the VP in these tough times at anytime?

    December 20, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. John Grippe

    Granted, the President has enthusiasm and stamina, however, I wonder how one man can have so much authority. In addition to that, I wonder how 500 men and women in Washing can make a decision for 300 plus million American and trade off some of our morals to get what they want.

    I am surprised that the American public has not had a tremendous outcry over what is going on.

    December 20, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Ben Ken (Esq)

    He deserves a resounding A+.

    December 20, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Bev

    Schwarzenneger is not really a Repulican, he is a RINO.

    So, who cares what he thinks.

    Somehow, a statement from Schwarzenneger is supposed to be important???

    He is the Governor of California-–an economy/state that has been destroyed due to illegals and liberl policies--–and he really thinks anyone cares what he has to say???

    December 20, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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