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. Brian from SC

    I would also have to agree with these assessments. Our president is doing a fine job tackling the mess he inherited. It will still take some to get the nation back on track, but I'm confident we will begin to see some good news in 2010. I pray for the patience of my fellow Americans...that we would continue to be be innovators, entrepruners, and diligent workers (those that have jobs). Let us not grow weary in our well doing...in due season, we will begin to see the fruits of our labor.

    You have my support President Obama!

    December 20, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. Jafet Rios

    Finally there is a republican who has common sense, lets hope more will join in

    December 20, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Flagship, NC

    Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg both are well grounded in reality.
    I thought their assessment and reason for it was fair.
    I hope to see stay in politics for many years to come.

    December 20, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Nea

    Just a Question If this Health Care Bill is so bad as Republicans say it is then why do they criticize it so much just let the bill go thru as a matter of fact give the Democrats a thumbs up and tell them to go for it then sooner or later we will see whats really in this bill and they will be treated accordily.

    December 20, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. jonathanhiltz

    Ah, and how good is california doing right now?

    December 20, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. chris

    Some people expected Obama to fix all their problems... why not fix their own problems?

    I want a President that goes for the A may/may not make it... not goes for the C and takes non-stop vacations like the last one...

    December 20, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Bob

    Wow, GO ARNOLD!

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

    People just needed to give OBAMA a chance! not everything can be accomplished overnight! people gotta have patience for god's sake!

    December 20, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. JD

    Schwarezenegger is nothing but a Kennedy with an 'R' by his name. He's a better fit within the DNC than the GOP.

    December 20, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. Gary in Pennsylvania

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is spot on correct!

    Like Obama, he is a realist. He knows that any extreme is wrong. Moderation is the key to governing. He is somewhat right of center and Obama is somewhat left of center. Compromise is reality. Not the extreme fantasy of right and left.

    December 20, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. HAL

    I as a Canadian give your president a+and ameicans should wake up and give a hand. Stop being arrogant,greedy look out for your fellow americans
    and the other people and countrys on this planet.Start respecting your president beacause alot of people on earth do see him as a great man.
    God bless your president and the United states of America.
    Hal

    December 20, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Wow. I for once agree with both Bloomberg and Schwarzenegger. I must be feeling ill.

    December 20, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. Maria

    It's refreshing (and rare) to see a Republican say something genuinely nice about the president without it being a backhanded compliment. Unsurprisingly it's from two of the most moderate, polite conservatives out there, so I guess it's not THAT big a deal...but I'll take what I can get. :)

    December 20, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  14. aware

    Schwarzenegger & Obama both get an F for failing to walk the talk! :(

    December 20, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Could it be that a slick bonehead politican respects the same in others?

    December 20, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Sick of Sellout Democrat Losers

    Who cares what Arnold thinks? He hasn't been able to save his state's economic crisis. Maybe he approves of BO because he'll make California's financial woes look miniscule. BO fails unless we're judging how well he's turned a republic into a socialst state in less than a year. The community organizer needs to go back to organizing communities. He sucks at running a country. Between bowing down to leaders of other countries, shoving bills down our throats after he promised transparency, blaming everyone else for his own problems, using fear tactics to get his way, and bribing leaders to do his bidding, I can't think of anything he's done well. Thank you to all of the bedwetters who thought this man with no experience could run a country. What a fine mess you've gotten us into. Good luck looking your children and granchildren in the face.

    December 20, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. Cliff

    One Demo speaking to another Demo so what's the big deal?

    December 20, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  18. Freida, KY

    I agree, President Obama deserves an A because he's had to deal with the wacho right-wingnutters.

    December 20, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. Hope to Change

    Oh!!!!! The terminator kisses Oboma's behind.

    December 20, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. Hope to Change

    You won't get vote in again terminator no matter what, so put your hand down and go to the house.

    December 20, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. JS007

    Perhaps Obama's first task should have been campaign finance reform. The problem is that the politicians are simply owned by the industries that they are supposed to be regulating. Until that changes poor decisions will continue to be made – and even an amazing President like Obama will have his hands tied.

    December 20, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. milyon

    I agree...the President is trying ginuanly to help this great nation that has been robbed by its own sons of everythin to give it back its glory. I see United States of America, aside to the wishy stories, as an old lion that live today in what he was. This political division of – never give the credit to the other ...Democrat vs. Republican – camps are dividin the nation to achieve its goals. I tell u sometimes its better to be out of trouble. forget Iraq/Afgahnistan...help build the country. help the president and mind ur own business...time s running.

    December 20, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. u2canfail

    And there is one Republican still OK with the truth! Thanks Arnold We have a President with many issues to address. I am impressed with what has been done. It's not perfect, but the naysayers are in some other country.

    I simply asked one lady, (who thinks Obama is not a citizen, she thinks he is taking over for the Muslim world), exactly when she thought he might do this? I mentioned he has been in office for almost a year, NO TAKEOVER YET?

    December 20, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  24. Emi

    Obama is doing a very good job!! Thank you Mr. President for caring so much for the Americans!!

    December 20, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. Mike

    Putting politics aside, the president inherited the worst recession since the great depression and two wars from the previous GOP administration. It'll take more than 11 month for him to clean up Bush's mess.
    • When he took office, we were losing more than 700,000 jobs a month. Last month we lost just 11,000 jobs (lowest in more than two years).
    • The stock market has gone up by double digit since he took office.
    • We are on the verge of passing a health reform that so many administrations have tried and failed for the last 50 years.
    Deep down inside even the do nothing “Party of No” admit that he is doing more than they did in the last 8 years when they were on power.

    December 20, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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