December 20th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama gets an 'A' for effort from Schwarzenegger

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="'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. This Republican loves and trusts Obama!

    Thank you Arnold for some common sense. The Republican party has lost all sense of reality! How dare you compare a sitting Gov Arnold helping to steer his state out of a Recession to a brain dead PaLIN? Americans dont like quitters! Only the 8% of the right wing fringe element support Sarah Palin (if thats not a clear example of Republican brain washing i dont know what is). Arnold doesnt quit (even though he could) when the going gets rough...he sticks it out and tries to still finish the Job the people sent him to do, can we say that about Failin; Palin? No. I hate quitters and so do 92% of Americans. If this country was built by people like Palin we would have never gained our freedom form the brits! Is this what our fore bears fought for? To have us vote for a loser/quitter like Palin? Is this the best the GOP has to offer? Do they think we are retarded? Thank you Arnold! You just made my Sunday! Finally some common sense.

    December 20, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. S Callahan- God IS helping America!

    Well, for me, I agree. President Obama has sure been tested and tried through tribulation of this Presidency, if OUR reps would get their act together we could move forward for ALL people. I do have a problem with the Senate and Congress who have represenatives who mislead, lie,steal, cheat..and do whatever they think they can get away with...they are the ones that are going to be held accountable come elections time.

    December 20, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Dan

    A+ is my grade for our president... he is magnanimous and is so deserving of high grades given the conditions our nation is enduring!

    Here's to the next 3 glorious years... and beyond...

    December 20, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Crazy Cat Lady

    Praise from those who've been in the hot seat and know how tough it is - that's praise worth having.

    December 20, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. MrManhattan

    While I'm going to support Obama for a second term for continuity's sake (It's certainly going to take more than four years to dig ourselves out of the the many problems Bush left behind), I think a Bloomberg run in '2016 would be a good thing. Too bad Arnold can't join him.

    December 20, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. JMikey54

    Its nice to see that some politicians from the opposite side of the isle can get it right..

    December 20, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. anti NWO

    Arnold is a puppet of his New World Order bosses at the Bilderberg group and the Council on Foreign Relations. He pretends to be on the "right" side of issues when the reality is he is on the same team as President Alfred E Neuman or UMM UMM UMM Barack Hussein Obama, He is a 1 world government fiend trying very hard to destroy the United States!

    December 20, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    Oh, that's just classic....Obama gets and 'A' for effort from a guy that can't even run his own state. Just classic.

    December 20, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. libs are funny little critters

    Arnold, it looks like you still have a future in comedy.

    December 20, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Adam in CO

    Now the GOP will turn on Arnold for not falling lock-step. There is no room for moderates or bi-partisanship in the GOP anymore.

    December 20, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. dbacchus

    Arnold should really leave the Party of Palin and Limbaugh. It's pathethic what they have become...

    December 20, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. I'll be back

    This coming from the governor of a state that has spent its way into almost bankruptcy.

    Wow, what a glowing endorsement.

    Wooo hooo, I bet the Dems love it.

    December 20, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. German,Irish American

    Sorry Arnold, but the Kennedy influence is clouding your opinion. Since when is more Government control and illegal use of TARP funds a conservative value?

    December 20, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Indy

    There is no question Arnie knows what hard work truly is, and in his entire life he has been a hard worker. Getting a compliment from someone that knows what hard work is all about is a true compliment. President Obama does deserve and A for all his efforts and hard work. He has done more in one year then the last administration did in many years. Arnie also deserves an A for the incredible effort he has put forth.

    December 20, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. terry,va

    Schwarzenegger is an idiot. He ran CA into the ground just like Obummie has the whole country. He sucking up hoping to get some Obummie dollars. Effort doesn't feed the bulldog, results do!!!!

    December 20, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Dasboot

    B+, it looks like were going to slice off a piece of the health insurance industries welfare program. Now, lets slice off $500 billion off the military industrial complex's annual welfare budget, and we'll see about an A.

    December 20, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |

    Let's face it folks. bipartisanship is dead for now. For the forseeable future, the only way any work will get done in Washington is by the party in power ramming it down the other party's throats. I am not going to join in the childish name calling. I do sincerely believe that if this healthcare bill passes, it will help 31M of our fellow Americans obtain healthcare coverage without destroying this great and resiliant country of ours.

    I hope that someday, we can return to a more civil discourse, but in the age of reality TV and where doing something outrageous gets you famous and rich (e.g. shouting "You lie!" at the president of this great nation regardless of party affiliation), that we are not quite ready to be nice.

    December 20, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. difford zucher

    I now see a Republican with lots of sense when he opens his mouth, that is Anorld.I can say his mind is broad not narrowed and fixed like some GOPer.

    December 20, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Dennis

    I respect Bloomberg and would have to agree with his assessment here. He also runs a great financial news network, unlike CNBC who gears their programming to the 5th grade level.

    December 20, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. terry,va

    How can a 48-50% approval rating from the American people receive a grade higher than a C- ? I think the bowing chump should go back to China and put his rickshaw hat back on.

    December 20, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Margaret Hawkins

    President Obama is doing a very, very good job, I am very proud of all the hard work he is doing. The mess he took over was unbelievable and could only take a person with President Obama's abilities to handle it.
    I give him triple A's.
    Margaret Hawkins

    December 20, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Tony

    Right on!!!

    December 20, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Jay

    There arent many voices of reason and integrity left in the GOP – Arnold is one of the few remaining but like most reasonable and intelligent people he will surely soon be pushed out of the GOP.

    December 20, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Audrey in Georgia

    Would you guys be kind enough to contact your republican friends in the senate and urge them to support the President and the health care reform legislation? Don't just talk about it, do it! Convince them to vote
    for health care reform, not against it!

    December 20, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. reggie from LA

    Let's wait to see how the fireworks fly over that sentiment FOR the President. We've seen a lot of hate when it comes to crossing the aisle with olive branches. Some would prefer it be switches...look that up corporal punishment haters. Being one's self seems to be a lost attribute. We have to be like everyone else screaming and shouting about some nonsense "in the blind". Good for you Governor S. Makes you look like the "real man" you've portrayed in some of your movies. Guess that means that too many others are...well. Fill in the blanks for your political representative.

    December 20, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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