Athlete. Actor. Authority Figure. Author. Debate coach?
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood action star who successfully transitioned into politics by becoming governor of California, discussed on Tuesday night not only his own carefully documented personal and political shortcomings, but also those of the presiding political parties during a book signing organized by Washington Post Live at the Hamilton.
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Schwarzenegger has hit the road to hawk his new book, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” a 650+ page autobiography chronicling everything from his youth in Austria to the dissolution of his marriage to journalist Maria Shriver following revelations that he fathered a son with their one-time housekeeper.
With the first presidential debate set to go off at 9 p.m. in Denver, Schwarzenegger urged President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney to forget about winning any popularity contest and carve out firm positions on pressing societal ills — tagging energy policy, crumbling infrastructure and the stagnant economy as his top-tier concerns.
“Nothing is getting done in Washington. It’s the most frozen place I’ve ever seen,” he griped.