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

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  1. Robert

    Haven't been much of a fan of Schwarzenegger, but I appreciate his honest assessment. The fact is, most of the rabid right wingers out there are so vocal and so nasty because they too understand this president deserves an A for his leadership and vision.

    They can't stand the idea of him succeeding. Once Rush Limbaugh vocalized he hoped the president failed, the conservative looloos in this country went on a witch hunt..

    I'd be ashamed..

    December 20, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Puddin

    For the life of me, I don't know understand why Schwarzenegger calls himself a Republican. He should be a Democrat or at the very least, and independent. He doesn't let the Republican party lead him around by the ear. I also think highly of Mayor Bloomberg.

    December 20, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Dawn Ada,Ohio

    Now this is true bi partisanship. Good for you Arnold for not letting the fringe of your party define you!!

    December 20, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. GE in MD

    Schwarzenegger – A rare breed, indeed – A rational Republican! Or is that an inherent oxymoron?

    December 20, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Dave Phillips

    Wonderful. Well there you go, Mr. President. Your base has officially shifted!

    December 20, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Sal

    I agree with Gov. Schwarzenegger and he will probably end up with some type of job in President Obama's administration or be one republican I would not mind seeing in the senate.

    December 20, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Bob44

    Personally, I'd give Pres. Obama a B. The trouble is not so much with him but with a lot of people who want Instant Gratification. After 8 years of incompetence and the worst presidency since Herbert Hoover, you can't change a huge mess in a year's time. It'll take a few years. But tell that to the impatient post-MTV generation.

    December 20, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Perusing-through

    GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER NAILED IT . . . PRESIDENT OBAMA EARNS AN "A"

    When Obama took over on 20-JAN-2009, the nation was in two unending war, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, skyrocketing home foreclosure, record breaking national debt, hatred of the international community, and unemployment at 700,000 per month. President Obama got his administration running in record time and he helped steer the nation from financial disaster. Working with Congress Obama has pushed health coverage further then any Republican dreamed, and he has provided 35,000+ troops to the fight on the Afghanistan border with another 35,000+ to come. All this while a Republican GOP sits on their rumps whining, complaining, saying NO to everything.

    December 20, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. gc

    Nice to see honesty win out over party line.

    December 20, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Bob, SC

    He is very courageous, but finally a repulican with an open mind and some common sense. I wonder how the right wing nuts will chop him up.

    December 20, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Syed Shamsuddoha

    At last Arnold speaks the truth from his heart. Go Arnold, go!!! It's about time for your "remaining half of your family" to join the Democratic party. So, deflect now before too late. I have never heard anything good about the health-care reform from the GOP and they never tried anything.

    Cheers.

    S

    December 20, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. rosher32

    “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.” -- More than we ever had with the prior administration – its about time a REPUBLICAN said it.

    December 20, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. marcus2

    Good for Arnold Schwartzenegger – and he is correct.

    December 20, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. gerryluimes

    We are dayly confronted by characters calling people in power "idiots" or "incompetents" without adding their "intelligent reasoning" for doing so. It is there fore a breath of fresh air to read that others like Schwarzenegger or Bloomberg find reason for praise for a president whose legacy will remain uncertain for several years but whose
    presence is proving invaluable for the country as it is to-day.
    gerry at Edmonton,Can.

    December 20, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. liz

    Scwarzenegger is one republican i'm not deathly afraid of. Maria is a good influence. Too bad there aren't more on the 'right' who can be civil even though they may disagree with Obama's policies. I've never seen such blind obstinance and tantrum-throwing by the disloyal opposition. I fully expect them to start holding their breath till they turn blue.

    December 20, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. Dale

    Wow, a Republican that doesn't spew the party line. Unfortunately the RNC will never support him again for he's not conservative enough. I don't agree with most of the Governator's agenda, but at the end of the day and his tenure I can respect him.

    December 20, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Rick Allen

    Obama gets an A for effort because he HASN'T done ANYTHING!
    Name one thing that is finished. This man holds a seminar/group talk utters some multi-syllable words and the drones applaud and he moves off stage with a "resolute look and a firm handle on the situation." Cut out a few sound bites for the evening news that are obvious like "America can not live forever doing these kinds of things" Whatever that means and the Left is getting tingles up their legs. This man-child is running America into the ground and ALL of the polls as well as the economy shows it. This confirmed Marxist may take years to get it but Government can NEVER "create" a job it just taxes and then uses that money to hire someone. With a whole lot of waste and fraud so if left alone the private sector could do it for half.

    December 20, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Bertin Evina-Ze

    Hard work, great enthusiasm and lot of energy..yes. Mr Obama deserves A+ in my book. As Arno says, never give up Mr President!

    December 20, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Dennis

    Arnold is a RINO and is more liberal than most Democrats. I'd expect him to praise Obama. The same is true of Bloomberg. Their endorsement of Obama is not an indication of any bipartisan agreement that Barack has accomplished anything positive for America.

    December 20, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Abdur Azad, New York

    Arnold once again demonstrated that he is a real politician, not an one-eyed partisanist. President Obama's tremendous efforts in getting back the economy in order, his perception on health care reform issues, his tireless efforts to reach (in vain) the block-headed GOPers, his unparallel leadership in the world stage on climate change, his courageous actions on war in Iraq, his visionary decision to close the illegal Guantanamo prison-all tell of his statesmanship. Poll numbers? A statesman does what he thinks best for mankind, not influenced by poll numbers.

    December 20, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. judy

    Pres. Obama deserves an A with all the hard works that he is been doing since he got t othe oval office. The economy may still be tough but people should understand that he inherited a lot of problems. I pray for him everyday. I understand the frustration , my family is affected very much but as he said when he took office , the recovery is going to be a long journey.
    Mr. Pres. continue please continue your journey. Pls. do not discourage if some people do not agree with you.
    My prayers for you and your family.

    December 20, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Mike in Texas

    I am sure alot in here will say Arnold is a RINO and that what do you expect, he is married to a Kennedy.

    As for the Health Care Bill. How do you all know the Bill is so bad? Do you know everything in it? Doubt it. Also, no one will know how good or bad something is until it goes into effect.

    I am sure those slamming this Bill thought the Medicare Prescription bill was good. Now we are seeing how much it has added to the deficit as well as costing many more in prescriptions.

    Love all you nay sayers. Doom and gloom...

    Merry Christmas!!

    December 20, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    interesting, here in California we give both of them F's

    December 20, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. John from Texas

    Schwarzenegger gets an 'A' for standing up against ignorance and partisanship to acknowledge the efforts made by our President in this country's best interest. Way to go!

    December 20, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Scott

    Well said Arnold!! Obama's doing everything he can to get our economy going again, create jobs, fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, improve our relationships with other countries in the world, get nation's together to lower CO2 emissions, and bring long overdue healthcare reform. We are fortunate to have a leader who is this involved, inspired, and committed to make our country better. To all those who routinely bad mouth Obama, history will look favorably on Obama's presidency. Thank you for all your hard work this year Mr. President!! Keep up the good work.

    December 20, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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