Arnold the Terminator
When some people do things, they go whole hog and do them big. Ex-California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the most recent specimen. It would have been bad enough had he cheated on his wife. But to have one of those romps lead to unprotected sex and an illegitimate child? What was he thinking?
By way of excuse, he said that he sometimes does bad things. Now, there’s an understatement. Add poor impulse control and feelings of invincibility to that list and you start to get a reading on this man.
Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that he yawned and told the father of a murdered girl that he was “boring” him when asked about the commuted sentence of Estevan Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker, for his role in the 2008 murder of the coed? This man had to bury a child and the best our ex-governor can do is tell him that he’s boring him? How sensitive.
I long ago heard that he had trouble controlling his impulses from a neighbor who worked with him on a movie set. Her only comment after watching him grope women was, “Where’s Maria Shriver’s self-esteem?” Maria, who surely knew of his indiscretions, may have had her reasons for staying this long. Being Catholic, it was probably traumatic for her because they don’t believe in divorce, though now we at least know where her self-esteem is because she did what any self-respecting woman would do by leaving.
It’s been said that those who dance to the music must always pay the piper in one way or another. If I were Maria Shriver, I would sue Mildred Patricia Baena, their retired housekeeper and the mother of Schwarzenegger’s child. How they had the temerity to look Shriver in the face everyday for twenty years is beyond me, though barracudas aren’t known for being the most introspective animals on the planet. Even so, I believe that Shriver will take the high road and say as little as possible while she and her children heal, though public damnation may be enough for Baena.
Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan said that if he were in the Terminator’s shoes, he’d tell people that he wanted to be judged only by what he did today, tomorrow and with the rest of his life. I wonder what he would have said to bin Laden.
As for Arnold, not only will he probably have to say auf wiedersehen to his family and his relationship to his children as he knew it, but probably to his movie career as well.
One thing is certain in all this. He wasn’t kidding when he said he was the Terminator.