U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the White House in Washington, March 20, 2009
The Chronicle points out that the Terminator turned governor has been tactful in his political allegiances. He campaigned for Sen. John McCain during the 2008 campaign and showed up last week with President Obama at a White House meeting on infrastructure.
The article points out his ambitious campaigning across the state for his new budget plan and notes that lately the governor has softened his tone on a political future.
“I have my hands full with all the stuff I’m doing now,” Schwarzenegger said earlier this month. “I’m concentrating on that and not what I’m going to do next,” he told the Chronicle reporter.
“You know,” he apparently added, “I’m not a politician. I’m a public servant.”
He and wife Maria Shriver are not strangers to Washingtonâ€™s power circles.
Saturday night, Schwarzenegger brought down the house during his Republican â€œresponseâ€ at Washington Gridiron Dinner. He laughed at the journalistsâ€™ apparent dumping by the president, who declined the invitationt to attend.
“You did such lovely work for [Obama],” the governor told Washingtonâ€™s media elite. “You put your lives on hold to put him in the White House. Now you get all dressed up, the champagne’s on ice, and you find out he’s just not that into you,â€ he joked, according to the Washington Post.
But, Arnold is warring with the California GOP, has poor approval ratings as Governor in the latest polls and would have to run against a long-time incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who has plenty of campaign cash.
Don’t look for Arnold to involve himself with a partisan primary election in which he will face another self-funded millionaire, Carly Fiorina and/or California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore who has gained the endorsements of most all of the elected members of the California GOP. More likely, Arnold will be appointed to some Obama Administration position or simply go back to Hollywood and make some movies.
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