It kind of seemed that way as the outgoing California governor told the Los Angeles Times that he's consider a post working in the Obama administration and began to "riff on his credentials," according to the Times' David Lauter.
"I’m a very big believer in environmental issues," said the governor, who considers legislation to combat global warming one of his major achievements in office. "I’ve traveled the world.... I’m very familiar with the world."
The governor went on to say that he would like to work on public policy issues in which he could have an impact "with my celebrity power, and also my knowledge and experience." ...
Schwarzenegger said he has credibility on that issue, and "people are very receptive when I talk about these things because I’m a Hummer driver … not a tree hugger."
Maybe not so much, considering the fact that Obama has mentioned Schwarzenegger as a potential Cabinet member in the past. In 2007, as he campaigned for the nation's highest office, then-Sen. Barack Obama cited the California governor's environmental work as a possible job credential: “What (Schwarzenegger's) doing on climate change in California is very important and significant. There are things I don't agree with him on, but he's taken leadership on a very difficult issue and we haven't seen that kind of leadership in Washington," Obama said of the California governor.
Though the White House routinely declines to comment on personnel issues, Schwarzenegger says he already has plans to head to Washington when his term is up:
Once out of office, he said, he "has plans to go back to Washington with Secretary [George] Schultz and others" to push for a new approach to energy policy. He said the country needs to bring Democrats and Republicans together on energy policies that both sides can agree on in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil and become competitive, "rather than always talking about global warming, which turns some people off."