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Hasta La Vista, GOP? Schwarzenegger Would Join Obama

Well, well what do we have here. California governor, actor, body builder, Kennedy spouse . . . and Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, seems open to being President Barack Obama's "Energy Czar."

When asked if he would consider leading Obama's energy programs, the Governator said:

I take his call now, and I will take his call when he's president — any time. Remember, no matter who is president, I don't see this as a political thing, I see this as we always have to help, no matter what the administration is."

Obama, arguably an Abraham Lincoln-wannabe, says he wants a "Team of Rivals" a la Lincoln; so Arnold might be a compelling addition to a bipartisan cabinet. But don't forget, Arnold endorsed McCain in January! Perhaps Arnold is hedging his political bets by suggesting he would take a position in the Obama administration, but I can't hold his bipartisanship and dedication to the energy issue against him.


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True-Song True-Song 8 years
"Considering that Abe Lincoln was a modern day democrat and the "republican" party of the 1860s was really modern day democrats, that does not seem to far fetched. It all switched a few years later" Totally. I get so annoyed when Republicans claim Lincoln as a member of their party.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Considering that Abe Lincoln was a modern day democrat and the "republican" party of the 1860s was really modern day democrats, that does not seem to far fetched. It all switched a few years later :)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I don't think he's hedging his bets. He's basically just saying that it's not a party issue. I agree and wish others felt the same way.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I agree Janneth. I don't pretend to know all about his policies, but when I first heard he was going to be Gov. I thought it was a bit of a joke. Not so much it seems...
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I think Arnie has turned out to be a fine governor. I wouldn't call him The Terminator. More like "The Consensus Builder".
Lynne Lynne 8 years
I don't think you can say he's going back on his endorsement of McCain. He's just saying that the issue on energy encompasses both parties and he will help Obama, if (hopefully) he becomes President. Don't forget, he married into one of the most famous Democratic families!!!!!
janneth janneth 8 years
There are some (me) who thought the governator might turn out to be a joke. But the joke is on us.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Yeah...Arnold is my movie hero and all. But he endorsed McCain already! You cant go from one side to the other using the famed frase "I'll be back!"
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I just saw his bare butt last night... I watched The Terminator for the first time ever. I have to say that I felt embarrassed and even a teensy bit guilty about it, which is of course silly. I think my addition to this post is really helpful.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Even though I really wanted to dislike him, the Governor has won me over. He seems, more than anyone, to really want to be bipartisan, not just talk about it.
Lynne Lynne 8 years
Kim, I whole-heartedly agree! When society, especially a politician, can look past party lines for the good of the people, much respect is due. Couldn't we all just get along?!?!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I like that Arnold said: "Remember, no matter who is president, I don't see this as a political thing, I see this as we always have to help, no matter what the administration is." That is very mature and classy. I wish more people thought this way.
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm on board with the Team of Rivals idea, just not with Arnold at Energy. Someone like former CIA director James Woolsey would be a better fit - with expertise, experience and paranoia.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Jillness Jillness 8 years
From the article: ""The lesson is to not let your ego or grudges get in the way of hiring absolutely the best people," Obama told me. "I don't think the American people are fundamentally ideological. They're pragmatic ... and so I have an interest in casting a wide net, seeking out people with a wide range of expertise, including Republicans," for the highest positions in his government". "I don't want to have people who just agree with me," he said. "I want people who are continually pushing me out of my comfort zone." Obama said he'd be particularly interested in having high-ranking Republicans advising him on defense and national security. "I really admire the way the elder Bush negotiated the end of the Cold War — with discipline, tough diplomacy and restraint ... and I'd be very interested in having those sorts of Republicans in my Administration, especially people who can expedite a responsible and orderly conclusion to the Iraq war — and who know how to keep the hammer down on al-Qaeda."
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Did Obama say anything about Arnold, or was it just Arnold talking about Obama? I am a bit confused on that point. I do like the idea of a Team of Rivals...he has been consulting with "the other team" on a number of issues for years now, and that is one aspect of his campaign that I really have liked.
stephley stephley 8 years
I'd rather see Obama go with someone who leads on energy issues - Schwarznegger's record is uneven at best. He's supported nuclear power and taken sizable donations from oil companies.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
It is no surprise to me that Sen. Obama gave a nod to Gov. Schwarzenegger to be his appointed leader for new energy initiatives. The Gov. has already proven himself to be a leader in this area and obviously Sen. Obama has taken notice. As for the Gov. being politically two faced this is just one area where Gov. Schwarzenegger has won my personal admiration. When it comes something that has nothing to do with politics such as energy through his eyes there truly are no Democrats or Republicans. There are simply people in need of new energy development and lets review all the ideas that are out there. I also applaud him for pushing through the first funding legislation for high speed rail between San Francisco and San Diego which has been side tracked for the past ten years by ideologs both Democrat and Republican who wanted it their way or not way. The Gov. stepped in and said we're doing it the peoples way. His leadership in this area is a far cry from all of the jokes about his capability when he took office.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I get a little nervous when someone from Eastern Europe throws titles like Czar, Chancellor, or Fuhrer around carelessly. How about Energy Helper or Energy Guy?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
From what I can remember, Arnold pretty much came to power because of California's energy crisis a few years back, when Gray Davis was recalled (I could be wrong, though), so if that's the case, I can understand his willingness to cross partisan lines to further his work on energy.
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