Medvedev wishes Schwarzenegger success in new undertakings
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has wished good luck and success in new undertakings to Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is stepping down as California governor on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.
"@Schwarzenegger, wish you good luck in your new life. There are lots of interesting things ahead!" the Russian president wrote on his Twitter micro blog.
The world's best known action star, Schwarzenegger, 63, was the state's Republican governor for seven years. He was first elected to the post in October 2003 and was re-elected in November 2006.
When he became governor of the nation's most populous state, he said he would "blow up the boxes" of state government. Now 'Governator' is leaving office with low approval ratings as the state is mired in debt and high unemployment.
He will be succeeded as governor by Democrat Jerry Brown, who held the post from 1975 to 1983.
As Schwarzenegger is about to leave, many are asking what the actor-turned-politician will do next. The possibilities include continuing work on environmental and reform issues, writing an autobiography and making a big Hollywood comeback.
Spokesman Aaron McLear said Schwarzenegger is sorting out "an absolute flood of every conceivable offer" from the corporate world, real estate ventures and the entertainment industry.
In the interview with Daily Variety, Schwarzenegger said returning to acting roles would not be a problem for him. "It is like bicycling, or like skiing," he said. "You get on it and you feel like there is no time lapse there at all."
Among other offers Schwarzenegger received, was the one from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who said the 'Governator' could even become the mayor of Moscow if he had Russian citizenship.
Schwarzenegger arrived in Moscow in October at the head of a delegation of high-tech executives and venture businessmen. During his visit, he came to Russia's high-tech research hub of Skolkovo and shared his ideas of how to deal with Moscow traffic jams and tackle climate change.