- Josh Romney swipes Harry Reid with photo tweet of dad paying taxes — ‘your paycheck’
- Despite Obamacare problems, some Dems want Sebelius to run for Senate: report
- Angry New Yorkers shred gun registrations in deadline day protests
- Uninsured rate dropping faster in places that embraced pillars of Obamacare, survey shows
- Hawaii gives residents two more weeks to sign up under Obamacare
- Climate change causing fish to lose their minds, researchers say
- Great Britain tops World’s Most Sexist Nation list
- Aaron Hernandez investigated for threatening to kill prison guard
- Putin tells Merkel that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war
- San Antonio mayor to Obama: Give amnesty to illegals with legal families
Schwarzenegger is sworn in as governor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in yesterday as the 38th governor of California, completing a meteoric rise from bodybuilder and action hero to leader of the nation’s most populated state in a historic recall election.
The 56-year-old Austrian immigrant took the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol before an audience of 7,500 dignitaries and supporters — as millions more around the world watched the event live on television.
Mr. Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, held the Bible while California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George administered the oath.
“I am humbled, I am honored, and I am moved beyond words to be your governor,” Mr. Schwarzenegger said after being sworn in.
In a nod to his wife’s uncle, Mr. Schwarzenegger added: “In the words of President Kennedy, ‘I am an idealist without illusions.’”
Although he had no experience as an elected official, Mr. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was swept into office in the Oct. 7 election that ousted Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, who was reviled by the voters for his handling of the state’s ailing economy.
“Perhaps some think this is fanciful or poetic, but to an immigrant like me — who, as a boy saw Soviet tanks rolling through the streets of Austria, to someone like me who came here with absolutely nothing and gained absolutely everything — it is not fanciful to see this state as a golden dream,” Mr. Schwarzenegger said.
The ceremony, while steeped in tradition, was void of the pageantry often associated with California inaugurations.
Bitterness over the divisive recall vote and the state’s financial troubles prompted Mr. Schwarzenegger to put a damper on livelier festivities — although plenty of celebrities and journalists were on hand. Former Miss America Vanessa Williams, who appeared with Mr. Schwarzenegger in the 1996 film “Eraser,” sang the national anthem.
Nearly 740 journalists were expected to cover the ceremony — numbers similar to a presidential inauguration. Fifteen dignitaries from 13 countries were in attendance, including representatives from Canada, Egypt, Austria and Mexico.
The new governor was surrounded by his four children, who had remained out of public view during much of the recall campaign.
Mr. Schwarzenegger was to attend three events: a luncheon inside the Capitol rotunda for state and federal officials, a private family gathering across the street and an invitation-only reception sponsored by the state Chamber of Commerce.
He was scheduled to return to the Capitol by midafternoon to start running California’s government, a job that became more daunting over the weekend when his chief financial deputy pegged the state budget deficit at $25 billion — far more than other estimates.
An immigrant who arrived in the United States at 21 barely able to speak English, Mr. Schwarzenegger is a quick study who impressed even some of his critics with his raw political skills. But he nonetheless also has made many promises to voters that will be hard to keep, including repealing a big increase in the car tax on his first day in office. That move will add an estimated $4 billion to the deficit.
By returning to Christian roots, the nation can achieve greatness once again
- Fuel-filled wings, ability to swarm: Pentagon offers glimpse at future of drone fleet
- Secret U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own
- CARSON: Recovering Tocqueville's vision of American exceptionalism
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- GOP writes legislation to deny Attorney General Eric Holder his salary
- WEBER: Obamacare cuts home healthcare for millions of seniors
- PHILLIPS: What did Harry Reid know and when did he know it?
- HURT: Wilson and Obama ... 100 years apart, but so alike
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell entangled in MetLife lawsuit
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Chaos as Manhattan building explodes