November 9th, 2008
05:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Calif. governor says he's allowed 'back into the bedroom'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says his wife has been 'gloating' about Barack Obama's win."]

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that even though his party didn’t win the presidential election, he has at least one thing to be happy about.

“I can get back into the bedroom, so there's the big advantage,” the California governor said Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

Schwarzenegger, a leading Republican, is married to Maria Shriver, a member of the very Democratic Kennedy clan.

Shriver endorsed Barack Obama in February, just days after her husband announced his support of John McCain.

Schwarzenegger said his wife has been “gloating now for these last few days” and running around the house with a life-size cutout of Obama saying, “We won.”

Striking a more serious tone, Schwarzenegger said he doesn’t see how any incumbent party could have held onto power this year, given the economic situation and the housing crisis.

“I think no one knew that it's going to be that bad. I think the Republicans were trying to hold on to, you know, if it would have been just the housing crisis or the mortgage crisis. But then when the stock market crash came, I think it was just too much,” he said.

Looking to the future, Schwarzenegger said that Democrats and Republicans should come together and avoid getting stuck in ideology.

“Democrats and Republicans should do everything they can to help [Obama] and his administration to be successful, because when he is successful … then the nation is successful. And then the world is successful. So, we've all got to work together on this,” he said.

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soundoff (321 Responses)
  1. Dylan, Los Angeles

    Arnold is really a Democrat and just doesn't know it. Come on and see the light Arnold and join the Obama bandwagon...plenty of room for wishy-washy Republicans.

    November 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. TrueIndependent

    Can we all leave politics behind and get ready for the tough times and sacrifices we have to make so that we can get out of this GW hole?
    Thanks very much!

    November 9, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. fresno

    Ref: Diana
    Have you not learned anything from McCain's lying rhetoric..........You can't just make things up and expect anyone with an ounce of intelligence to believe it.............YOU ARE SO LYING and I suspect that you are also a RACIST IDIOT!

    November 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. J.C.

    Arnold would be a seriously nice bridge between Dems and GOP.

    November 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Griff....I beg you, please get back on the medication. I can't understand what you are trying to say.

    I hope we can all work together but I ain't sure it's going to happen. The LA Times had a story today about Rush and Hannity and the crud they are already coming up with. It's easy to see, it's already all over these blogs.

    The right wing nut jobs will continue to be right wing nut jobs. But, Obama has shown us the way. Change a few minds slowly but surely. That is why we got back New Mexico and Iowa. That is why we got Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, and part of Nebraska. Next time, we take Missouri, West Virginia, and Arizona.

    November 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I fear for our country. The voters could not have selected a worse president. It is sickening that Obama will be Commander in Chief of this great nation.

    November 9, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)


    You must be the third person on these blogs who overheard that phone conversation. Do all of you right wing nuts jobs live in the same place?

    I notice how both of your "examples" are African-American. Why do you suppose that is?

    Please! The ugliness and rancor has already started even though Obama has done more in the last few days than Bush has done in the last year.
    And, yeah, we complained about 2000. We are still not sure Bush won. And, look around you, we were right.

    November 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Meka

    Work together! Did anyone inform the Repub's, this should be the way it's ALWAYS handled.

    November 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |

    leave the guy alone... he is already sleeping with the enemy and sorry to say... a house divided will eventually fall. As for you OBAMA freaks... i'll be the one laughingin 4 years when taxes are high... the US is attacked by terrorists again and our military is weak by the new policies to destroy this country I fought 4!!! All I go to say is the last real patriotic american leaving california, florida and any other state overrun with nonsense... please bring the american flag down from the pople with you!!!!

    November 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Forget Dem vs Republican, the muslims are dancing in the streets at their victory. You have all allowed yourselves to be diverted from the truth. Diversionary tactics, and you fell for it.

    November 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. Carol, NC for Obama

    I was very disappointed with the Governor’s comments about now our "President-Elect Obama". I thought comment about his skinny legs was ridiculaus! We need our elected officials to represent us with dignity! I lost respect for the Governor!

    November 9, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. CA Democrat

    You will find self interested, one dimensional jerks in every party and every walk of life. I think Obama is looking for the higher functioning people to help and maybe even to convince some of those jerks to think bigger and be better.

    November 9, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. F.Johnson.

    Ok , people voted for President elect Obama.. When they voted in the last four elections, they also voted overwhelming for Dems. Why were you not upset about that ? Why is it a problem for you this.only for this election. ? Reverse racism by black people, I do not think so.
    If blacks were voting only for other blacks, Jesse Jackson would have done a lot better, in the two elections that he ran. Give it a rest and just look at the real picture. This is America ,suck it up and lets make
    America proud.

    November 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  14. Hope

    Like it or not, Obama is the next president. To all of you snarling over this and wiping your eyes with your puffs tissue:

    get off your high horse because hes going to do more for this country in 2 months then your president did over the last 8 years. Your own party is bashing the once prized VP pick pretty much saying how STUPID and UNQAULIFIED she is

    Are you people for real? Its over, so zip it and get ready to work together. Oh ya, and did you notice that half of the world REJOICED with us , and likes us more now that Obama won?

    Your all disgraceful.

    November 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Lucas

    SICNTIRED08 did u just say that you would be laughing if our country completely fell apart? I'm no genius but I really don't think that's quite the definition of patriotism which you claim to have.

    November 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. zeuser89

    What has he done to date that is more than bush has done? He has aligned himself with the insiders that he claimed screwed up dc. So he was going to move out old washington and bring in new washington? How does emanuel, kerry, richardson,clinton and on and on and on clean up dc? Gees, there are none so blind as he who will not see!!!

    November 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. J Williamson

    Did anyone else notice the Governor's pathetic endorsement of McCain? He attatcked Obama for being skinny! How desperate was that? Sometimes people deserve to lose – and lose BIG. It's called karma.

    November 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. JAY N.H.

    I am not a supporter of President Bush however it takes a special person to want to take on the responsibility of governing to greatest country on earth. And I do believe most of his decisions were based on what he thought was right. Now it's over and it is time to move on. We must show the respect that I'm quite sure he has earned.Now having said all that . I am expecting great things from Mr Obama it's time we get out of the box we have been in over the past 8 years.

    November 9, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. laura

    Every time someone doesn't agree with this guy, they get called a "racist". What a a terrible testimony.

    I dont want another candidate who creates such racist division among people in office again. I've never seen such racial hatred unleashed.

    November 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |

    ONLY time will tell if after running after the car and catching it, he can drive.

    November 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. True Muslim

    Please......leave religion out of this. Muslim, Catholic, Cristian, Jewish, Budhist......are all the same. We are gods people, politics made us worse.

    November 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. DeVone

    well I going to take a diferant road God is in control, he woke us up walked us to the voting places and said do whats right
    even to the dihard republican that would never say that
    he/she voet for President Elect Obama and for those
    who did not vote for him they to are waiting to reap
    some of the benefits

    November 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. MRP owosso MI

    Why are the Presidential election and prop 8 different?
    All I hear about the Presidential results is 'you lost, get over it'.
    The will of the people has been stated.

    November 9, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Big T

    Republicans Whatever happened to Country First!! You guys are so full of it!!! I am starting to think that you guys do not have this country's best interest at heart. All of you hoping that the country is worse off in 4 years? I am sorry that is not the American Spirit. This is laughable as you guys are Hippocrits to the 10th degree.

    November 9, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. jrq la habra Ca

    I will never forget he sided with Palin and Mccain in calling someone a Socialist.
    He just added to the Republican dirt campaign in doing so.

    November 9, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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