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. Delusion

    Yes we can, and we will. As for getting into / out of bedrooms, I am sick and tired of same-sex couples forcing their bedrooms into my living room. Enough already. Be in love, be happy, and get over it.

    November 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Ken Sawyer

    Does it seem odd that this mortgage and bank crisis came about 1 month before the election? Smells sort of like a Democrat trick to seal the election. They were the ones who created this mess (1938 under Roosevelt , Fannie Mae )and got the least press on the subject.He who stirs the pot would know when to let it boil. On the war on terror. It was also started by Harry Truman 60 years ago came to a head under two Republican presidents in two wars ignored by one Democrat (Clinton) when the first attack on the World Trade Center was ignored because no price was worth paying to disturb the peace and tranquilty we were enjoying at the time.

    November 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Joy

    11/04/2008 The day the American people got scamed. Lets see how many of you get those free checks and by the way you better hope you do because you sure ain't going to have a job.

    November 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. washington st

    freedom isn't free, keep your change!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. R Dennis

    Arnold's popularity in Ohio may have help turn the 2004 election. I hope his participation in the 2004 and 2008 campaings in states outside of California ruins his reputation as a centrist here.

    He should not campaign outside the state if he hope to have the color of a centrist in California.

    November 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. jm from sc

    I still want some one to remind this guy of the fact that he was an actor before beginning his "acting" career as a politician.

    November 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. LISA


    November 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Atlanta Democrat

    Yeah Yeah!! Whatever guy. Believe this crap if you want with Republicans. Some people have absolutely no values and will say and do anything (Arnold). Just two weeks ago, Republicans had every horrible thing in the world to say about Democrats; specifically, PRESIDENT Obama. Now, less than ONE month, they want to be best of friends?? Yeah right. Save that rhetoric for the next time you people think that we are still living the 40's and 50's. NO sensisble person would have voted for McCain/Palin with there many obvious flaws, yet Arnold did.

    November 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. CMJ

    I agree with him 100%!!!!!!!!!!! We have to work together. We rise or fall as one nation.

    November 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Dawn

    It's time for the Governor to cross over to the winning side.
    Certainly there will be a place for him.

    November 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. mbg

    What do you expect coming from him didnt he come from an area that tried to elemenate a race. He looked like an arogant idiot when he campained for the Mcsham.

    November 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Jim

    I think that all you liberal democrats out there are gloating to soon, it would not have mattered who was running the democrats had to win this election because most of the people in your country listen to the meida instead of the facts, don't forget three of the top people who cooked the books (fannie mae, freddy mac ,etc ) to get those huge commissions, of which they got to keep most of, did not go to jail for putting your country into the housing crissis, but went to work on the Obama campain team ,whats up with that,& social medical insurance does not benifit the people it just over taxes them ask any canadian,so you think that Obama can quick fix the problems in your country ha I think that you will just have to re elect him in 2012 and it still wont be any better, you must all be college graduates of america spent 4 years getting drunk and stoned on you parents bank accounts, as for you Adam even animals know that same sex marriage isn't right, maybe you would get your wish if they were not so ready to teach it to school childern once it becomes legal, and best for last this is the democrats idea,thought up in the clinton days, and they are just about to shove it down our throats check out the link below to watch the video on u tube Hal Turner reveals the new Amero Coin,NWO you just might learn something

    November 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Wow! I'm disappointed in Maria. She should have held him off at least another month for his campaign speach. If he had JUST said he supported McCain that would have been enough to kick him out onto the couch but to come right out and do a campaign speach for him, that, should have added to the penalty!!! But then, Maria is a true democrat and she'll give in to those repub's, BUT I'm sure she made him beg and plead just a little.

    November 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Catherine

    sure,now Arnold supports Obama, the person he referred to as "a scrawny man" just last week,typical.

    November 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    Why should anybody care what goes on in someones bedroom???

    November 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. FilmMD

    Schwarzenegger is the only Republican I would ever vote for. He is pragmatic and actually has common sense.

    November 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Nancy

    is this a movie script?
    a court order or what?
    CA , this is waaaay too much information!

    November 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Tell the TRUTH just once McWar /Phailling

    Its "Go Maria " behind you 100 % and if one can love someone you never met but is" The One" we admire for his judgement and strengths I love Obama.
    I never could have married a Republican as could never tolerate listening to the Hannitys ,Rush and others .
    When i first heard Obama give his first speech last election I never had forgotten him.

    November 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Frann Altman in CA

    I supported you the first time around. I am really an independent at heart.

    When I saw the video of you campaigning for McCain, making fun of My President's lean frame and tying that into his lean policies, or however you phrased that, I lost respect for you. You went for the cheap laughs at your own expense. Cheap shots. You didn't add to McCain's campaign. You diminished it.

    An intelligent man with integrity, insight, inspiration and a cool head won.

    Still hard for you to admit the better person won the race because of the race he ran.

    November 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. M.J.
    To the Obama supporters: we made our point! We won all the states we needed and within a couple of months Obama will be president. No need to rub it in anybody's face! We made our point and now its time to make a change!

    To those who didn't support Obama: give the guy a chance! We are all under one flag, why don't we just work together to make this a better place? Obama is the president whether you like it or not. And the amazing thing is that he did it fair and square!

    November 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Former Republican in TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Let's face it, the only reason Arnold is a "Republican" is because that was all it took to get elected when he first ran. (Remember when there were a lot of Dems changing parties back about 8 years ago– just to insure an easy victory when the GOP was winning everything.)
    If Arnold had been running for re-election this year, my money says he would have changed parties– that he would have "finally seen the light", and run on the Democratic ticket.

    We have a nitwit chick here in TX who ran for State Rep many years ago on the GOP ticket because it was a guaranteed win. (And trust me, she held to NO GOP values– well, other than taking every junket known to mankind.) She eventually got tossed once people saw what a loser she was– and there was a decent Republican running against her. But even now she's still trying to get back to the State house because if she can get a few more years under her belt, she's eligible for "retirement" (she's always looking for that free dollar). So.... this year she figured being on the Democratic ticket would be a sure bet back into the legislature, so she changed parties and announced she had "seen the light". But I guess she forgot about the fact that she was running in a hardcore Republican enclave in northeast Tarrant County because she still got blown out of the water. However, and TAKE NOTE, TARRANT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY, she should NEVER have been allowed to file on the Democratic ticket.... because to put it in the cowboy venacular, "she weren't one".

    November 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Stu-Florida

    Arnold... Arnold...
    Let's get it right. IT wasn't just the housing market, mortgage crisis and stock market crash. let's be honest which i know is difficult for Republicans. Obama was a far superior candidate and will be a afar superior President.

    I'm estatic about getting it right, this time. The world is as well.
    Welcome back...

    November 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. diana

    Who cares what the big buffoon says, thinks or does! He is so condescending to people and all he focusses on is who has the biggest biceps. This man has the intellect and depth of a flea! He has done the same thing to California that Bush has done to the nation. Time for a new Governor but unfortunately we have 2 more years of this boob!

    November 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Cristie

    Arnold shouldn't be the GOVERNOR of California and should NEVER be president. He is running CA into the ground!

    November 9, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    He should be worried about the budget not his bedroom needs.

    November 9, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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