Schwarzenegger Ran for Governor on an Impulse

Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to promote his new movie, Terminator 3, when he appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2003, but he ended up announcing that he was going to run for governor. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Schwarzenegger says that he acted on impulsively when he decided to run for governor.

Schwarzenegger told Michael Lewis of Vanity Fair:

“I just thought, this will freak everyone out. I’ll announce that I am running. I told Leno I was running. And two months later I was governor.”

According to ABC, the Governator didn’t make the decision to run for Governor until the drive over to Leno’s studio. His wife Maria Shriver didn’t know about his plans. He didn’t have a campaign staff. Schwarzenegger’s run for governor basically started as a joke.

Schwarzenegger said:

“I thought about it but decided I wasn’t going to do it. I told Maria I wasn’t running. I told everyone I wasn’t running. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t have a staff. I wasn’t running until I went on Jay Leno.

Schwarzenegger, who recently commissioned a bronze statue of himself in California, left office this year in January with an approval rating of 25%. But Schwarzenegger says that he had a great time in office.

Arnold said:

“You have to realize the thing was so much fun. We had a great time! There were times of frustration. There were times of disappointment. But if you want to live rather than just exist, you want the drama.”

ABC reports that 12% of Californians are currently unemployed, but hey, at least Arnold got to experience the drama…

Do you think Arnold Schwarzenegger was a good governor? Does it make perfect sense that his candidacy started (and some would argue ended) as a joke.