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“She Didn’t Have Much Faith in Me”: Ex-Wife Maria Shriver Feared Arnold Schwarzenegger Would Struggle in One Specific Area as Governor of California

Published 11/21/2023, 12:25 AM EST

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Seven times Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger has tried his luck in different fields and to be fair to him, it’s worked out pretty well for him. After enjoying all the success in the sport of bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger’s decision to switch to Hollywood as well as acting was a smart move. While the ‘Green Governor’ had a great time as the governor of California, initially he had some doubts himself. 

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Growing up, ‘Arnie’ has always dreamt of coming to America. Years later, serving the country felt like a duty to him. However, his ex-wife Maria Shriver had some doubts regarding Schwarzenegger’s capabilities to take over the position of governor of California.

Maria Shriver’s skepticism regarding Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor


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Arnold served the remainder of Davis’ incomplete term between 2003 and 2007. He was then reelected to a second term in 2006, serving out this full term and leaving office in January 2011. Schwarzenegger was unable to run for a third term due to term limits imposed by the Constitution of California. Even though he brought some significant changes politically, his ex-wife Maria Shriver was not sure about how good of a political leader Arnold could be. 

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During an event at the Sacramento Press Club, Arnold Schwarzenegger took a look back in time and reflected on his tenure as the 38th governor of California. He said, “My wife kept saying, you know, you’re a campaigner. You’re a great campaigner. You’re so competitive. It’s like unbelievable the way you are, I mean, you’re so competitive, but just remember the next step is you have to deal with policy. It was kind of like a threat.”


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Arnold proved his ex-wife wrong 

Despite his own partner doubting him amidst a million other people, Arnold Schwarzenegger took time and channeled his energy in the right direction. He spent hours and hours in libraries reading books and getting to learn about the history and functioning of a nation. 


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Talking about Maria’s perspective when it came to Arnold being a governor, he disclosed, “She didn’t have much faith in me when it comes to policy. She knew I was competitive, but she felt like I’m not going to like sitting there for hours and learning about, you know, gun control or nurses problems that they have or prison guards problems that they have with teachers and this and that I will not be really equipped for that kind of thing.”

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Schwarzenegger is not the type of person who gets affected by people doubting his potential. He has proven time and again that he thrives under pressure. What are your views on this? Let us know in the comments. 


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Written by:

Sarthak Khanna


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I am Sarthak Khanna. I first got involved in bodybuilding after watching the legendary documentary Pumping Iron. Having been a soccer enthusiast for years, I got my first gym membership as part of a rehabilitation routine after injuring my leg while playing soccer.
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