President Schwarzenegger?


Mark Follman
November 30, 2004 8:04PM (UTC)

If Maria wears the pants in the family, Arnold won't be pumping up for a White House run -- ever. That, according to the January issue of Vanity Fair.

"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, says America may someday amend the U.S. Constitution and elect a foreign-born president -- but it won't be her husband.

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"'Forget about it. It is not going to happen. The process takes years, and this is as far as it goes,' Shriver, the niece of former President John F. Kennedy, told Vanity Fair magazine amid talk of amending the Constitution to allow the Austrian-born film star to run for president. Shriver also said that despite their political differences -- she is a Democrat, he a Republican -- their marriage was strong and passionate."

Yes indeed, she did.

"'(We're) still engaged with each other, hot for each other, into each other,' she said. 'There hasn't been a moment when I have been bored. I have worked and worked on my marriage, and it has paid off.'"

Perhaps Shriver's declaration regarding her husband's presidential prospects also anticipates the nasty battle he would no doubt face; she conceded to Vanity Fair that the stories of Schwarzenegger's womanizing before his election as governor in 2003 were "flat-out tough, painful, no doubt about it."


Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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