Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the middle of a goodwill tour on behalf of his reputation, and it's not going so well. Reactions to his memoir Total Recall, his numerous tell-all interviews and the announcement of his eponymous think tank range from disgust to disbelief, and that's putting it mildly.
In his book, Schwarzenegger claims that "secrecy is a part of me." Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times snarks, "Secrecy would be a part of me, too, if I'd slept with the maid and my love child was running around the house under my wife's nose."
His initiative to create a post-partisan think tank at USC seems to have sullied the university itself in the eyes of the Sacramento Bee's Dan Morain. "He has used his wealth to persuade the University of Southern California, an otherwise fine university, to establish the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, an oxymoron," writes Morain.
Schwarzenegger is definitely back in the public eye, but the stench around his affair and secret love child doesn't seem to have lifted. Will he have the same comeback power as a certain former president, or is he doomed to forever remembered as a failed husband and father?
Here's what HuffPost readers have to say about Schwarzenegger's attempts to rehabilitate his reputation. Check out the debate below to see what both sides had to say, then let us know who you agree with in the comments.
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“Sorry, Arnie. Your beefcake is past its prime.” - ChrisDWard
“"He's been a governor, a movie star and the world's greatest body builder, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't done yet." AND, he has been a philandering husband, insensitive parent, a sexual harasser, a friend of Nazis, a steroid abuser, and a clueless egomaniac as well. Please, Arnie, be done.” - who38
“Arnold has added his name to the list of male celebrities/politicians who have publicly humiliated their wife and family. Instead of being ashamed of his behavior and withdrawing from the public view for the sake of his family, he parades himself from one national tv show to the other - obviously believing that we care. Talk about delusional. I have: zero respect for him. zero amount of interest in anything he says or does.” - JudyChicago
“Americans seem to prefer whinging hypocrites like Jimmy Swaggart who cry in public and swear they'll never do bad stuff again. We love seeing fake repentance and crocodile tears. You can do anything as long as you pretend you're sorry. I don't need an apology from anyone else for bad behavior, least of all this guy. Get over yourselves.” - WhittingtonsCat
“Got to admire Arnold...he tried to take on the public unions years ago, and was slammed by the forces at hand. He should have had more public support, as this financial mess will bankrupt the state, in time. (and make it inhospitable for the current generations) Arnold came across as very genuine, intelligent, and honorable, in his own way. It's hard to compare a normal life to his...he simply elevated his game to a level most would consider myth. Have to simply admire this man...” - Black Rhino
“Remember the opening of Commando when he was feeding the deer in the woods with his daughter? A hilariously bad moment. Arnold's movies are awesome, though.His personal issues are none of my business; I just wanna see him blow stuff up.” - psychMI
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Memorial Mass For John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
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Premiere of "The 6th Day"
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60th Golden Globes
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver at the 60th Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ca. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
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On the Campaign Trail
Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife Maria Shriver during a rally at P-R Farms October 4, 2003 in Clovis, California. Schwarzenegger continues on his four-day bus tour through California that began in San Diego and ends in Sacramento. There are six buses in the tour, all named after Schwarzenegger films. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/October 4, 2003)
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Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger is joined by wife Maria Shriver as he celebrates his victory in the California gubernatorial recall election in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife Maria Shriver after he took the oath of office as California's 38th governor on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento, Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife Maria Shriver after being re-elected in the midterm elections during a celebration at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, November 7, 2006. Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger won a spectacular election sequel November 7, giving Republicans something to cheer about on a night of Democratic dominance in key non-congressional battles. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, takes his oath of office as his wife Maria Shriver looks on in Sacramento, Calif, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
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