Opinion: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver talk, but sometimes they forget


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Gee, they’re just like many married couples, minus the celebrity and millions of dollars. Sometimes they forget to mention to each other that they’re going on national TV to say something important.

With California’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now scheduled for a prominent speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in 12 days, rumors abound that California First Lady Maria Shriver may make her own prime-time appearance — with her family’s Democrats in Denver next week.


The governor appeared ready to put that rumor to rest during an interview with The Times on Tuesday. “I have not heard her at all mention that,” Schwarzenegger said. “So I doubt it.”

Well, as her husband, he would know. Right?

“Not necessarily,” the governor said.

“Remember, the last time she went to endorse [Barack] Obama, she did it in a way driving up from Palm Springs, she calls me and said, ‘I just talked to Oprah and she’s there and blah, blah, blah and said what do you think? And I said, ‘Go ahead. Do it.’

And she endorsed Obama at a Los Angeles rally.

‘Those things happen as much as me going to ‘The Tonight Show’ and announcing my [gubernatorial] candidacy where she maybe is, you know, I come home and she is flipping out over that.”

“It is kind of more,” the governor said, pausing a moment for the right English word, ”casual.”

-- Evan Halper