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 Arnold addreses the RNC

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By John Rude ( - on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 1:49 pm: Edit Post

I had the privilege of helping Sarge Shriver prepare a speech in Dec., 2001 -- just after the 9/11 attacks. Sadly, he was starting to descend into the fog of Alzheimers. Fragmented memories of his public service, and his unquenchable passion, were clearly evident, however.

On two occasions during our reviews of the draft speech, son-in-law Arnold Schwarznegger called to ask political questions. I was witness only to Sarge's end of the conversation, but I could hear in his replies a mixture of pride and frustration. Whether it was discomfort with Arnold's politics, or a feeling that Schwarznegger was a neophyte in over his head--or something else--I could only speculate. There was true affection, however, expressed also in the photos in the Shriver home with Arnold, Maria and Nelson Mandela taken during their visit to South Africa.

Given Schwarznegger's later success in the Governor's race, I can only conclude that he was an avid student of the Kennedy clan's ability to craft attractive political images. We can (and probably should) discount the Republican party's urge to exploit Schwarznegger's reputation as a moderate. But I think his comments about the Peace Corps reflect true respect for his father-in-law's legacy, and what we all have contributed to peace, each in our own way.

John Rude
Eritrea, 62-64

By GoBush ( - on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 7:21 pm: Edit Post

Why is this a current event funny? I got nothing. Arrrrrhhhhhhh.

By crossstreet ( - on Monday, March 28, 2005 - 9:27 am: Edit Post

Altugedder nau, "Gott blesz Amerreekaa, landt dat I luff"...

By stacey2grow ( - on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 2:07 pm: Edit Post

I said I would be back now prepare to die! HA HA HA

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