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. dane

    Schwarzenegger/Ventura 08!!! hahahaha

    November 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. simon david

    To all those who are criticizing Arnold, be very careful...I honestly believe he secretly voted for Obama.

    November 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Al

    I cannot forgive how enthusiastically Arnold supported Bush, "4 more years!!!" – remember that? Bush & Cheney are not even really republican, they are just extremists. So, Arnold could have been a little less dumb in this.

    November 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. simon david

    Sarah Palin needs to apologized to Barack Obama 'The President-Elect' before he sworn-in on Jan 20. The Secret Service clearly states because of certain comments she made linking Obama to terrorists, it could have cost him his life. She clearly incited the skinheads. You will earn just a little bit of respect from me if you are humble enough to do so.

    November 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. nick

    SJB i second that. we should amend the constitution to make a residency requirement for presidential eligibility instead of where you were born.

    November 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Harry

    I'm a democrat, but I think that Arnold is one of the best republicans there is. I agree with many of his social views. I might even support him as pres. if he could run. I completely agree that both parties need to work together to fix our economy.

    November 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. frances

    Why wasn't the America people helping make Bush successful? Seems
    like if we are to help one president, no matter how unqualified, we should team up to help all Presidents.

    November 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Jeff

    TMI, Arnold.

    November 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Abdul Olufowobi

    Terminator "SHUT UP" we're sick 'n' tired of your reckless comments always.....Only God knows what you'll say next barack got bigger muscles on his chest instead of crappy statements you made in John McCain Ohio rally.

    November 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. t.k.

    Arnold and McCain shouldn't be part of GOP. I wished all these guys get-together and form a strong centrist party, so that, I don't have to vote for Democrats.

    November 9, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Barbara in NC

    It's kinda funny – during the rule of King George and his royal subjects, bipartisanship was a four letter word. That lasted at least 6 years and made progress almost nonexistent the last two years.

    Now that the tables have turned, aren't they just squealing like stuck pigs (speaking of pigs, hope we get rid of Rove and Limbaugh – they even look alike).

    November 9, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Scott

    Now that's a healthy marriage.

    November 9, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. michelle

    Just Bob said it best.

    November 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Perusing-through


    The Arnold-Maria household is not the only household signing a peace treaty.

    Rumor has it that James Carville (Dem) and Mary Matalin (Rep) are also making up:-)

    November 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Jessica from Michigan

    I thought it was pretty lame that he made fun of Pres. Obama's physique at a rally in Ohio. It teaches children there that it is ok to make fun of people's body types.

    I say a photo of Arnold in a magazine, and he didn't look so hot himself. It's was just in bad taste, but the Republicans have been known to do worse!

    November 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. nate

    Arnold is a charismatic guy who has recently become irrelevant. He has another chance to get back in the spotlite if he gets on board w/ the CHANGE program.

    November 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Dee

    Can't be easy – a Republican governor married to a staunch Democrat. Good for them for making it work.

    November 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. John

    I think Arnold would be an excellent addition to the Obama cabinet. Health is my thought. He has a business mind but he also has seen the plus and negative of the European system. He really knows about fitness and the need for preventive care by both the person and the system.

    November 9, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Marion

    Arnold who? The one who looks like a chicken on growth hormones.The guy 's brain is so pumped up on steroids he's totally out of it. He reminds me of Michael Jackson. Looks like his body is going to crack like ice. He looks so phony.What did his wife see in him? Yes we can, Yes we did, Yes we will !!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. facts are facts

    There are some hard facts people need to consider.

    Obama got elected to change the Bush/Cheney taxation schedule where they reduced wealthy people's taxes. There will be no compromise from Republicans on this issue.

    Obama got elected on environmental and energy policies designed to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. There will be no compromise from Republicans on this issue they don't agree there is global warming.

    Obama got elected on instituting an affordable health care plan for Americans. There will be no compromise from Republicans on this issue they are in the pockets of the medical insurers and can't get out even if they wanted to.

    What the blow hards are now trying to do is tell people and the Democrats they have to stay to the right on these issues but if Obama is going to bring chance for the benefit of Americans he is going to have to come through on his policies.

    November 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    To Frances..

    Before we can help a Prez, he needs to realize he needs help and he's willing to listen. It's kind of like helping your alcoholic husband or wife. Before you can help them, they have to be willing to listen.

    Obama is willing to listen.

    November 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. CJ

    This is just a testament to the fact that our fiery election ffever can finally cool off.

    November 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. From Whittier, CA

    Yeah congrats on getting back into the bedroom, at least you cannot have your marriage revoked. How would you like it if you went to bed married, and then woke unmarried, not by anything you or your wife did, but because biggots have decided it is so?

    November 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. ~Change We Need!

    Dear Ding Dong Arnold:

    As a resident of California I am VERY ASHAMED OF YOU!
    You were just as mean, nasty and divisive as McCain and Palin!

    The skinny chest and legs comment, was it really necessary? Was that supposed to be a serious political speech? I am so very ashamed of you!

    Just like every other Republican these days you are a true hypocrite!

    November 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    To Dakota..
    Yes, there are 2000 versions of the Bible, but the message is mostly the same... God is Holy.. (separate from Evil).. God is Love.. and through it, we find redemption in Jesus. The Bible to this day, can be used throughout the entire world to perform exorcism, in the name of Jesus. The Bible is not just a book. It invokes the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God into our lives.

    November 9, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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