The legendary actor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently sat down with FOX 11’s Elex Michaelson during a visit to The Bell Gardens Intermediate School. Schwarzenegger is on hand to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Proposition 49, The After School Education and Safety Act, which he spearheaded in 2002, and which has set aside $650 million a year for after school programs in California. This week, former California Governor, Hollywood icon, and Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to The Issue Is.
Arnold Schwarzenegger makes bold statements
During a wide-ranging conversation, Schwarzenegger and Michaelson discuss that landmark initiative, the outcome and message of the 2022 midterm elections, the newly announced 2024 Presidential run of former President Donald Trump, his rivalry with Sly Stallone, the rise in antisemitism, his family, and much more.
Arnold recently met with Simon Bergson, the son of a Holocaust survivor who now heads up the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation.
“This guy is a Jew. I am the son of a Nazi officer… we come from different backgrounds, but one generation has molded us together and we’ve become friends,” Schwarzenegger said.
He said their relationship is a reminder for people to “always remember what happened and never forget.”
“This is what we want to teach our young generations about tolerance, about inclusion, about fighting hatred, and all of the things that are really destroying our country and destroying the world. We have to come together.”
“When I was in Austria and I had my parents there all the time, my mother was there all day cooking, first breakfast, lunch and dinner, she was doing homework with us and she was taking us to the sports fields where my father would meet us at 5:00 after his work was done as a police officer, and then we will be playing soccer and all that stuff, so there was someone there all the time… So the reason why I became so passionate about it was because I saw that in America, 70%-plus kids come from homes that both of the parents are working, because that’s the way you can manage, then use the finances and put food on the table and so on, and so I said to myself ‘what happens with those kids after 3:00, there’s no one there to take them to the sports fields, to do homework with them, to help them with the homework, to do tutoring or whatever’…
“So today, when they look at those kids in the eyes, I say to myself my vision, my dream, to have kids in America also after-school programs has become a reality. But sadly, not every kid, yet, is able to attend an after school program. I mean, in California alone, we have like almost 2 million people attending after-school programs, but there are 6 million students, so we have to provide more money, more funding for this kind of program. On the national basis, we have to do much, much better, too…
“I feel so happy to see those kids enjoying themselves, getting after-school programs, getting homework assistance, getting arts programs, music programs, physical fitness programs, sports programs in all of this, and to have adult supervision.”