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. Mathur

    The tour will still involve a Bush, so the last statement doesnt make any sense.

    November 9, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Paul - New Brunswick - Canada

    I liked what I saw on the Late Edition on CNN today; Gov. Schwarzenegger seemed to be trying to mend fences between both parties. I think bypartisanship can lead you a long way... I am a huge Obama, fan but think the GOP can bring much good to a new government who will have to face these daunting challenges. May you rebuild anew, as one.

    November 9, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Amazed

    To Anonymous – November 9th, 2008 7:54 pm ET

    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.

    Your comments are absurd! Try to give constructive criticisms, instead of spewing nonsensical remarks…..hmm..may be an impossible task.

    November 9, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Kyle

    Republicans: Support your President-Elect or leave the country! I would be happy to replace you with Germans or the French

    November 9, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I don't know how being an actor (not a good one for that matter) qualifies you to be governer

    November 9, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. anotherme

    I don't want to hear about his "bedroom" life. That's just tacky.

    November 9, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Brian

    what about prop 8?

    November 9, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. JJ

    one of my favorite republicans.

    November 9, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas

    well sure looks like the country is starting to get united. If reading some of the comments on these forums are the true pulse of the country then little or nothing has changed. The right wing haters still want Obama to fail and are willing to sacrifice the country in order for it to happen, plus there are still folks on both sides hung up on the race thing. One thing the gov said that's true is that the country needs to work TOGETHER to get out of this mess. But with some on the right not willing to do so and others with sour grapes I can't see how it will happen.

    November 9, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. John

    Obama will do nothing but divide this country. He is already working toward that.

    November 9, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. Jim Hildreth

    A fun article for a Sunday evening.

    November 9, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Shawn


    You and those like you are moronic, unpatriotic swine – plain and simple! I served THREE tours in Afghanistan serving for a president that I voted against twice! And, yes, if needed I would have died for him. Not for the sake of George W. Bush – who I have absolutely no respect for – but because of the office he held. I served for the benefit of my country, and because I live in a nation that is organized under the premise the the president is THE Commander-n-Chief. Now, once again, I find myself under a president that I did not vote for (I am an Independent and voted 3rd party as I could not support either candidate in good conscience). And, once again, I will remain faithful to the president until he leaves office.

    If I can do this, the least I can ask of a spineless wretch of a man like you is to at least have the moral character to drink your Starbucks and shut up.

    November 9, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. ron n

    Mr Governor:
    You're still too Left to be Right.

    November 9, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. JNC, California

    Arnold needs to get out immediately ,its a new day!! He is mean spirited just like the rest of his republican croonies. I would rather have brains over steroid induced brawn any day!!! Also just like this horrible 3 Strike Law and Prop 8 lets make a change!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!

    November 9, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. anotherview

    Well as long as Obama and the Dems defend the Constitution and the rights of Americans fine. But the idea of socialist ideas being forced on me, well Schwartzneneger can keep his getting along ideas with Obama for himself.

    November 9, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. Daniel Lopez

    What is it going to take for people to see that Obama is not "The One". He is merely a smooth talking Senator that said what he had to to get in the White House! Is it not obvious that all the countries that were celebrating his victory are countries that dislike us? Why? Because now they know they can push us around! Lets see how many people test Mr. Obama like Mr. Biden predicted. I for one would much rather fight on their soil than here at home, maybe this war was not in our best interest but people fail to see that we pissed of these nutcases so we cannot afford to leave now! God Bless America and hope the GOP recovers by 2012!

    November 9, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. MK


    November 9, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. layla

    this message is for the what if muslims wre dancing in the streets?is that a problem?the whole world was dancing when Obama won..and muslims are part of that,it's a natural raction since "muslims"were the ones who suffered more from the"bush administration"what truth are you taking about..the truth is if you are a tyran you fell!

    November 9, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Frank

    To the Anonymous who said -quoting- "the muslims are dancing in the streets at their victory"

    Actually the whole world and 53% of America are dancing in the streets for a Victory that could help us gain back our role in the world!
    I've seen no Muslim dancing for Obama, but if it was so, what's the deal... it should be interpreted as a good sign if some Muslims were joyful for an American who is eventually also a Christian.

    It would be instead a bad sign to have them fearful or angry... the point in being the leading country is to be able to inspire all the people not tho be able to be feared or hated.

    So with your intended criticism you actually pointed out a good point of how the Obama presidency WILL be good for our country.

    Maybe you haven't travelled a lot lately, but it hasn't been easy for us Americans abroad, even in allied Europe people were tired of our bully attitude.

    Stick it in your mind clearly, cooperating and making strong alliances is the only way to make this a better world, not declearing war over a billion believers without UN consens and building up false evidence to cover up a wrong foreign policy.

    November 9, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Lando

    The governor lost his chance to be a part of the Obama team when
    he campaigned for Mccain. He embraced the Bush/Mccain policy
    and this is one of his biggest blunder. I feel sorry for him....
    But who knows....Obama is an intelligent man and may still ask for
    his service to the country.....

    November 9, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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