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.”

Related video: Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg weigh in on the economy

soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. ib

    He's still acting I see. Why doesn't he just go ahead and join the democratic party? he certainly isn't a republican just in name only.

    December 20, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. independent for reform

    WIthout doubt Pres. Obama has been working hard and making some important strides to help address and fix the many issues facing this country. He has demonstrated passion for this country.
    We need him to succeed so that we all can succeed.

    December 20, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. John Patterson

    From all indications, Arnold is doing a pretty good job given the fact that he has a do nothing legislature. If they had the courage, they could vote together and come up with the two thirds needed to raise the nessesary property taxes and solve most of their budget problems. But then again , they are politicians so I guess we can`t expect much. After all, the last democrat with courage was Harry Truman.

    December 20, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. JB

    I have been very discouraged about the polarization of the two political parties...I have voted for republicans and democrats over the years, so I consider myself independent. I applaud when certain members of the republican party have the courage to recognize the heroic efforts that President Obama is attempting to achieve. This gives me hope that wisdom will eventually win out over this horrific situation that we find ourselves so polarized that no one will listen to the other side. Instead elected Congressmen shout out "liar" and are considered heros by some. Meanwhile the country is starved for progress in health care as the debates go on. So many of the republicans claim their constituents say they don't want the health care bill passed. My God, are they so out of touch... I am afraid they just turn a deaf ear to those who are becoming quickly invisible in our society, those who no longer have a voice. I am proud to have a president who continues to fight for those people, even though it may hurt him politically. That is my definition of a hero.

    December 20, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. unemployed by Obama and now a TPN member

    Arnold, why dont you join the ranks of the traitors to America,

    OOooopppssss, he did, he supported Obama and doesnt see the trees because of the Smoke Screen.

    December 20, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. helmet.otoko

    At least one that have the courage to tell the truth

    December 20, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Steve

    A beautiful example of what politics should be. A respectful disagreement, but tagged with an acknowledgment of effort.

    December 20, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Jorgor Barrie

    If only people like Dick Cheney or Newt Gingrich could appeal to their conciences, sit back and take a perusal reflection on the MESS President Obama inherited last January 20 and see what he has done so far, especially in rebuilding and recasting the International image of the US and Americans, they will be able face the truth and follow the lead Governor Schwarzenegger is now providing in the interest of the country they say they love and want to protect from Preseident Obama. But that is: if they indeed have conciences!

    God Bless Governor Schwarzenegger and God Bless President Obama!

    December 20, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    The govenor must not have gotten that memo that went around when Obama was elected that said "NO" to everything he would try to do if you're a Republican. He best be careful though because he just got into a disagreement with GOP darling Sarah Palin too, I'm sure Rush, Glenn and Sean are going to be asking him to switch parties pretty soon.

    December 20, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. the curmudgeon

    Atta' Boy Ahhnold!!~ You have seen the light!

    December 20, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Rev. Kenn Storck

    Hurrah! The truth does get out beyond the naysayers on Fox News...The GOP has one leader who is willing to work in concert with Democrats....thank you, Arnold!

    December 20, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. RKR

    There was/is nothing that looks good for the average American unless it is tied to votes. And – we americans, we believe what we hear first, and are fascinated by conspiracies. Whats most unlikely to happen in common sense feel the most plausible when we put our detective glasses on. Whenever you backup not to be swallowed in whole by one politician, it only takes for you to turn around and see yourself sitting in somebody elses mouth – almost swallowed. Lost of information means nothing when you dont have the sieve of intelligence to seperate the sand and dust from the rest thats worthwhile looking at. This intelligence comes from listening to and learning from the learnt. Please know that nobody is born wise. I am old, and thats what all I have to say.

    December 20, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Frank P

    Oh my, one loser giving compliments to another!!!! If I were Obama, I would keep my distance from this idiot that has ruined our state of California! Look at what has happened here largely because of the lack of leadership from this clown!!!! I am really, what is this country coming to when a Hollywood actor (no I don't think he deserves the title of Governor) gets to rise to be the head of state, help ruin its economy, and then give praise to another loser who is doing the same thing in White House!!!!! Truly incredible!!!!

    December 20, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Gil Oberdas

    The A for effort should not inculde sending more troops in a surge to Afghanistan!

    December 20, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Jesse

    Arnold, what are you doing? If you're not careful, the party of NO will start to hate you as much as they hate middle-class citizens.

    December 20, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Bj

    He is an empty shell mouthing the words dictated to him by the far left. He will be the doom of this country, and I for one am ashamed to come from the same country as this fool.

    December 20, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  17. Barbara

    Actor-Governor; now Arnold is an educator giving out grades and he hit it right on the mark! It is SO refreshing to hear a Republican speak honestly about President Obama-with no agenda; not trying to get his talking points in to attract certain segments of his party. I'm so sick of hearing GOPers complain about every tiny, little thing they can about President Obama. He's earned that A. How refreshing!

    December 20, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Rick Allen

    What has Obama done? Took the nation al Debt from 10.4 TRILLION and in 11 months taken it to 14 TRILLION. These figures are before the Government taking over Healthcare which will add another TRILLION. That makes over 15 TRILLION. So in his first year he has committed us to a 50% increase in our debt as a nation. Where will the money come from? Our kids have been robbed by his freewheeling spend a million to create a single job.

    December 20, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. 1GregM

    What else would you expect to come out of the mouth of a Dem in hiding?

    December 20, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. Freeman

    I concur. He's trying. To all those republicans and others who disagree the man is not God nor Superman.

    December 20, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. don s

    Finally two people in powerful positions state the obvious. The man is doing well while under tremendous stress. He had the Audacity to Believe people in Congress would help him-be on his side. Of course many on Capitol Hill are doing all they can to destroy him. So pathetic they are.

    December 20, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. coolchange

    Would be great if Arnold went to work for President Obama.

    December 20, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Ron - St. Louis

    Thank you Governor for not just speaking the party line but how you really feel. I only wish more of our elected officials would put down their party's script and speak openly regardless of which one they represent.

    December 20, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. Aviate

    There's a refreshing sight. A Republican who actually calls 'em like he sees 'em, rather than just engaging in another knee-jerk, ad hominem attack. Wonder what percentage of posts here will be from Republicans trashing Ahnold as a RINO and slamming him for his heresy?

    December 20, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  25. spicoli

    Amen, brother.

    December 20, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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