December 20th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
6 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.”

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I think President Obama has been good, though I think he was naive about how cynical the Republicans would be in terms of their "stop everything so Obama can't be a success" tactics. Shame on the Republicans for not rolling up their sleeves and working to solve America's problems.

    December 20, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    How refreshing. At least one Republican who isn't glued to an evil, anti-American agenda. I may disagree with many of the things Arnold does, but he always does speak from the heart and sometimes from his head, instead of from the Rove playbook.

    December 20, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Mr Ken O.

    Its make sense when 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 the economy when Bush was in office. Can you really see MaCcain 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 or at anytime?

    December 20, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. robert

    schwarzenegger and bloomberg two of akind not a good conseritive. a good lib--– somthing else not someone i would look up to we don,t need them this (country) god help us . what can of leaders do we have get rid of them one way or another............................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. NotFooledTX

    You have to be realistic and objective about where this country was when Obama took office. I doubt that anyone could have done better with the hand they were dealt. This country was in a pretty precarious position – we still are – but it could have been a lot worse. You can't turn the Titanic on a dime, it's going to be a slow recovery, but we're closer to a recovery than disaster at this point.

    December 20, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Minnesotan

    I haven't always agreed with Arnold, but he's always been an honest, straight shooter, unlike the rest of the Republicans.

    December 20, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Travis

    yes exactly.. an A for effort...If you're a president and you dont get an A for effort then your not trying hard enough....There's a difference between trying and succeeding...right now who cares about trying...

    analogy

    im trying to find a cure
    i found a cure

    ...my point... way to go media, lets take something out of context again... you're really appealing to the new typical "brain dead" american......

    December 20, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Soporifix

    This isn't kindergarten. There's no "A for effort" when you're the leader of the free world.

    December 20, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. Brandon

    Wow I know if I was Obama I'd be so worried about what Schwarzenegger thought of me lol...

    December 20, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. K. Wright

    I agree, our President should get a straight A. He has been like an energizer bunny all over the place with substance and aplomb. I love Mr. Obama because although he is an astute politician, I believe he really loves the people and want the best for us. Great job Mr. President and great courage Governor Schwarzenegger for speaking the truth.

    December 20, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. lila

    That's an honest assessment.

    December 20, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    Who cares what Arnold says. He should join Barack Obama as his czar.
    Just go away you losers.

    December 20, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. LaTeef Bob Alade,Alpharetta,GA

    Thank you Gov. Schwarzenegger, it's about time someone recognize president Obama's good efforts. The president is leading this country on the right direction God bless America and our president.

    LaTeef Bob Alade, Alpharetta,GA

    December 20, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Marion

    It'll be interesting to see how other Republicans react to Arnold Schwarzenegger's comments. If I were in their position, I'd simply keep my mouth shut, but I seriously doubt that will happen. Someone is going to start saying that he really isn't a Republican at all but merely a liberal masquerading as a member of the GOP. The only real question is who will do it first.

    December 20, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Pritam

    Good to hear that. The effort counts!

    December 20, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. TOTUS

    The Governator is as RINO as they come and has absolutely NO political capital amongst the vast majority of Republicans. So this is a NON-STORY except for Obama's lap dogs in the government-controlled media.

    December 20, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Arnold is a Democrat at heart and always has been.

    I don't know what motivates him to remain a part of the Republican party of can't, won't, don't, and hate.

    And dumb...Sarah Palin comes to mind.

    December 20, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. Bill

    What's Bloomberg talking about Obama was never in a shell. It's nice to see some honesty from some moderate Republicans. It's too bad they're not in the Senate as Democrats.

    December 20, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. bobbymcgee

    Thank you Arnold!! At least you have TWO eyes in your head, a BRAIN that can comprehend the words TRUTH, and HARD WORK, and finally the ability to use COMMON SENSE, and to give credit where CREDIT IS DUE!! Thank you for honestly speaking and supporting President Obama!

    Now as for the majority of Republicans - They are lost in the Wizard of Oz - and like the Tin Man - "if they only had a brain"!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    Obama is too conservative.

    December 20, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. M. Townsend

    OMG. Hasnt he being watching Fox. I thought Obama was supposed to have spent 1 trillion on nobody can see what in 10 months. (actually he was responsible for only 7 billion of the 700 billion bailout spent and now got back total of 120 billion and his stimulus is only about 30% spent and 42% of that was tax cuts to us).

    December 20, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    President Obama can speak a storm, but he is also very intelligent. The way he handled Afghanistan shows.

    December 20, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  23. Albo58

    Arnold must be nipping at the Snapps too much to say something so outrageous! This President is a complete charlatan and another word for his plans for "wealth redistribution" is THEFT!

    December 20, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. Obamalism

    notice he didn't comment on the results or the agenda.

    December 20, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Arnold for president!
    Seriously, he has more brains and love for America than all the politicians of both parties combined. It is time to finally upgrade our Constitution.

    December 20, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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