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Schwarzenegger Pumps Up American Soldiers

7 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Politically-inclined action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger personally beefed up Independence Day celebrations for American soldiers in Iraq on the Fourth of July. Inside fallen dictator Saddam Hussein's former summer vacation palace, the actor mixed self-deprecating jokes with praise for hundreds of soldiers who stood on marble floors and cheered from balconies draped with the American flag. He thanked soldiers for making the American way of life possible - and continued with talk likely to fuel speculation he will run for California governor. He said, "First of all congratulations for saying `hasta la vista baby' to Saddam Hussein. I came here from the United States because I wanted to pump you all up. This is really wild driving around here. I mean the poverty. And you see there is no money. Disastrous financially. Then there is a leadership vacuum. Pretty much like in California right now." Some soldiers were impressed with the muscleman's appearance - Captain Jeanette Husman, from Wisconsin, says, "It's pretty bad when you have to get deployed in Iraq to see him." But Staff Sergeant Dominique Rollins was a little disappointed - he says, "Actually he is a lot smaller than I thought he was going to be. I was picturing Conan. I saw Kindergarten Cop." And still others had better ideas about which celebrities would really make their day. Specialist Julio Lopez says, "They need to bring J.Lo out here. Oh yeah, I am a big fan of hers." »

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