Skip to comments.Schwarzenegger For President?
Posted on 12/22/2008 12:08:40 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
In a sprawling interview with 60 Minutes last night, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped a not-so-subtle hint to Republicans: get busy changing the Constitution because Ahnold has his eyes on the White House. Asked by Scott Pelley if he'd like to be president, Schwarzenegger responded in no uncertain terms:
"Yeah, absolutely," Schwarzenegger acknowledged. "I think that I am always a person that looks for the next big goal. And I love challenges. I always set goals that are so high, that are almost impossible to achieve. Because then, you're always hungry for climbing and climbing. Because it's always interesting. The climb is always interesting. When you get there you just have to pick another goal."
Schwarzenegger was, of course, not born in the U.S.A. so it would take some rule changing before he's able to launch a presidential bid. I'm sure Californians, myself included, would like to see the governor make good on his campaign promise to chip away at the Golden State's epic budget shortfall before he starts looking for a promotion.
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it would take some rule changing before he's able to launch a presidential bid
Like a lot (but not all Republicans), I was pleased to see Schwarzenegger win the Governors office in the recall election and then win re-election.
But Arnold has gone off the ranch just one too many times for me. Although I suspect his allegiances are with the GOP, several of his policy stances don’t point in that direction.
And frankly, there’s no way that Arnold is gonna get the Constitution changed. He’d be better off running against Feinstein or Boxer.
No more RINOs!!!!
“Schwarzenegger was, of course, not born in the U.S.A. so it would take some rule changing before he’s able to launch a presidential bid.”
Is that rule still operative?
Oh, nothing serious, just amending the Constitution...but hey, why bother? Obama didn't.
Good luck Arnold.
Does he have any idea how LONG it takes to change the Constitution? Or any idea how complex it is for a Constitutional Amendment?
They’ve been trying for 30 years to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
America is not going to spend the next 10-30 years to change the Constitution to benefit one man.
We don’t need to change the Constitution. Ahhnold just needs to change parties. If he hasn’t already.
That section of the Constitution has already been suspended, resulting in acceptance of the nascent obama regime, with their non-citizen figurehead titular head.
Merely one step on the way to disregarding the Constitution altogether.
(Yo, Bammy! They're talkin' 'bout'cha again.)
On the domestic spending/limited government side, this would be George Bush on steroids. Exactly what we don’t need unless, of course, we want to kill the Republican Party once and for all.
There you have it.
The real reason Obama’s citizenship was never really questioned by the GOP, notwithstanding all the smoke.
Now, the Black Austrian steps in.
Sorry, Ben, we’ve blown it.
No way, Jose.
First, he is not a hero. Second, doing an action movie where there is no bodily risk is not heroism. Real heros generally are not paid millions of dollars to playact. They sacrifice, many time their all.
Okay, I’m willing to let go of the no foreign born citizens rule, as long as we can put another one in place that makes you ineligible if the majority of people can’t spell your name.:)
Changing the Constitution takes time, which Arnold does not have. However, if he runs as a Senator as a Republican, he would be to the right of both Boxer and Feinstein, on at least some issues. He has made a terrible chief executive (governor), because he has tried to make everyone like him, and has failed.
I don’t mind very much the idea of amending the Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to be president. But I wouldn’t vote for Schwarzenegger. He can go make another Predator for all I care.
The actual Terminator character did less damage to the state over the course of three movies.
this bozo couldn’t carry California even if he was able to run.
He’ll do for American what he did for California.
Aside from the fact that he is Constitutionally barred from the office, I still would say, thanks but no thanks. The last thing we need is another RINO in a position of any authority."
I think it would be great to let Ahhnold start campaigning right away. Screw the Constitution. When confronted, he just needs to point to the lack of interest in Obama’s eligibility questions. Maybe it will shine a brighter light and force Obama to show legitimate proof.
Hey, if Obama didn’t have to show proof, why should anybody else?
Hed be better off running against Feinstein or Boxer.”
After following all the threads about NObama and his birth certificate, I am understanding that NObama might not have been eligible for that job, either, and if so, the same would apply to Arnold.
If not born here, they cannot be in the senate and be a POSSIBLE ascendant to the office of President.
Why amend it? after Obama, the question is moot.
Especially if the truth about his citizenship status comes out. People will yawn and Arno’s star power will propel him, despite his citizenship as a naturalized, since the voters will have come to accept Obama’s rather dubious status as well.
IMO, B. Hussein Obama is NOT qualified to be President according to the 1952 Immigration Laws, in effect at that time.
The guy is completely delusional. He apparently has no clue that he has been a complete failure in his present job.
Sorry, but Arnie here could make a box of rocks look smart by comparison. He’s too stupid to chew his own food and I don’t think California would have been any worse off if they’d just left Gray Davis in there.
If we had any kind of reasonable and enforceable intelligence levels for voting, he probably wouldn’t be eligible to vote, much less hold office.
“My question. What qualification does a ‘movie action hero’ have that would make him qualified to be ‘president’.”
Schwarzenegger might be qualified, not in a Constitutional sense but in a practical sense, because he is governor of California. The story mentions this at the outset.
Anyway, being an action hero would not qualify one to be president, whether you were heroic on the screen or in real life. Some people will disagree with me on this, citing Washington, Jackson, Grant, Eisenhower, etc. But of course those men weren’t elected because they threw themselves into the breach. They were elected, mostly, because they proved themselves able administrators.
I can hear the left screaming about birth certificates now..........
Schwarzenegger For President? So he can bring all his marvelous leadership skills to Washington? Uh, no.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Well, Ahnold, we realize that with the coronation of BO, actually accomplishing anything in a lower office is no longer a requirement to be elected president. Neither is proof of natural birth, for that matter. Nevertheless, can you name even one accomplishment as governor which you feel would make you qualified to be president?
“If not born here, they cannot be in the senate and be a POSSIBLE ascendant to the office of President.”
Not so. First, if what you say were true, it would only mean that he couldn’t be named president pro-tem, which is the only Senate position that stands in the presidential succession line. Second, unqualified persons have occupied offices in the succession line before, most notably Kissinger as Secretary of State.
I’d vote for a Democrat before I would this liberal....
Unfortunately, a look at our last nominee for President indicates we need to consider your statement carefully.
Our primary process is BROKEN. Until we fix it, we run the risk of RINO candidates like John McCain and R-nulled continuing to destroy the party.
We have enough natural born RINOS
Thanks anyway, Arnold
(PS: Even though your Austrian birth is verbally understood, at least you know you don’t have to produce a birth certificate to anyone if you do decide to run)
If we had left Gray Davis in there then the blame for the current situation would fall squarely on him. Instead, what people will remember is that the Republicans are at fault for destroying the state.
NO MORE RINOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I believe changing the Constitution will no longer be necesary for him now. President-to-be Hussein has probably already effectively nullified that particular provision and that will become officialat some point in his reign.
This idiot campaigned in New York while running for California governor. Explains everything.
It is a trick to change the Constitution so that Obama will qualify. If they’re gonna go after a rules change and implement amnesty, why not back date the changes a bit and retroactively give Kenyan Zero a clear pass?
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