I contemplated for a while about writing this post. Initially I thought it were a bad idea because everyone was talking about it, and I often like to bring the ‘not so obvious’ to light. Then, the more I heard the details of the story, I became annoyed and I HAD to talk about it. So let me give some background first , then I’ll give my opinion on the matter. CBS Evening News reported Arnold Schwarzenegger had a long-term affair with a staffer hired by him and his wife, Maria Shriver. The affair with the staffer resulted in a pregnancy of his now fourteen year-old son, whom Schwarzenegger has supported financially and emotionally. It’s reported that the mistress of California’s former governor, Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena, worked for the couple for twenty years. Baena continued to work in the Schwarzenegger and Shriver home while she was pregnant and after giving birth to Schwarzenegger’s son. The scandal was kept a secret for years before Schwarzenegger revealed the truth to his wife in January, shortly after completing his final term in office as governor. The devastated and humiliated Shriver moved out their home in January, and the couple has been separated since. The story of the “love-child” has now come out due to Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s recent publicity about the dissolution of their marriage. And here we are now…
Hmmm, where should I begin?? Instead of starting with the bad and the stupid, I’ll start with the ugly.
This is Schwarzenegger’s former mistress Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena. Excuse me for my candor, but how does a man cheat on Maria Shriver for this? Yes I can be rude when talking about Baena, because she is just as much to blame for this scandal. Sorry, but on the attractive meter, Baena is pulling about a 5 or 6. For those of you thinking she probably was a 10 ‘back in the day,’ I’ll show you ‘back in the day (thanks to TMZ).’
Yup she’s still a 5 or 6!!! Of course the mistress’ looks are the least of concerns in all this infidelity mess, but it does make you think “Why her?” Schwarzenegger chose to betray the beautiful, smart, supportive, and strong wife, for the less-than attractive and dishonest housekeeper. Dishonest because not only did she have an affair with her employer’s husband, but at the time of the affair she was also married. What was Schwarzenegger thinking?
The above question can be asked on all levels of this scandal. What was he thinking to have an affair with an employee? What was he thinking when his wife and mistress were pregnant at the same time? (Oh yeah Shriver and Schwarzenegger’s youngest child is only a month apart in age from his son with Baena.) What was he thinking to take such a risk and run for Governor of California, knowing his secret could potentially be exposed? Ahhh it’s the bad and the stupid. Schwarzenegger didn’t always present himself as the smartest crayon in the box, and this latest flop only confirms his stupidity. Cheating is a low point in any relationship, but to cheat with someone whom she trusted and probably considered a part of the family to some extent (Baena did work for them for twenty years), is the lowest of the low. In this situation I wouldn’t know what hurts more. The fact that her husband cheated, or that he cheated with an employee and in their home, or finally that he had a son with his mistress whom he supported, yet kept a secret for fourteen years. Oh yeah, she could also be hurt that he had the balls to run for office risking his secret being exposed, AND knowing that she was his main support system and cheerleader throughout his political journey. Schwarzenegger surpasses the dumb cheater I talked about in the previous post Case of the Dumb Cheater. Power is a hell of a drug, and that is the only explanation I can think of for Schwarzenegger’s actions. He’s left with the money and power, but he gets no respect!