Schwarzenegger's huge knife gets them all atwitter
July 23, 2009 - 12:15PM [media.smh.com.au
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has posted a video on his Twitter page which shows him brandishing a huge hunting knife as he talks about the state's budget crisis.
Schwarzenegger, under fire for a budget plan announced this week that will see $US15 billion ($A18.39 billion) in spending cuts from services such as education and health care, said the light-hearted video was intended as a bit of fun.
In the video, posted on Twitter on Tuesday in the US, the governor is sitting at his desk in the Capitol admiring a 60cm-long folding knife before looking up to thank followers for their budget ideas.
Governor with giant knife
During a recording for Twitter, Governor Schwarzenegger opens his address welding a giant hunting knife.
The Austrian-born governor says he likes one suggestion to autograph a fleet of state-owned vehicles being put up for auction.
The video had received more than 33,000 hits by Wednesday afternoon local time.
The movie-star-turned-politician brushed off suggestions from reporters in Sacramento that the video might be viewed by some as being insensitive.
"You know, you sent a governor to Sacramento - not El Stiffo, like some of the past were, but you sent someone that is a little bit more entertaining and has a little bit more fun with the whole thing," Schwarzenegger said.
"Not that I have fun with making the cuts; they sadden me. But fun with the job itself, because I think it is the most rewarding job that I've ever done, even though with a huge responsibility.
"So just relax and have a little bit of a sense of humour."
California legislators are set to approve the spendings at a vote on Thursday which will pass a budget aimed at closing the state's $US26.3 billion ($A32.25 billion) deficit.