Schwarzenegger Approached By Obama White House In 2011 To Join Cabinet, According To Report

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, California’s former centrist Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered a cabinet position in Barack Obama’s administration after he left office in January, 2011.

WSJ’s Erica Orden notes that Schwarzenegger told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos during the 2008 presidential campaign that he was open to a position in a future Obama White House.

In July 2008, on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Mr. Schwarzenegger was asked whether he’d consider an energy-related cabinet position with the Obama administration, were Barack Obama, then a candidate, to win the presidency.

Mr. Schwarzenegger said he would, replying: “I’d take his call now, and I’d take his call when he’s president, anytime.”

It is not clear what cabinet position that Schwarzenegger discussed with Obama administration officials.

Politico reached out to the White House for comment but they did not immediately respond.

h/t Wall Street Journal

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