Sep 13, 2004
During his speech at the Republican convention, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the Democratic convention deserved the title of one of his movies: "True Lies." No objection there: Democratic politicians lie. And so do Republican politicians, including ... Schwarzenegger himself!
Arnold lied right there in that speech he gave. Two of those lies were so blatant his Austrian countrymen exposed them right away.
Lie #1: Arnold said that he "saw communism with my own eyes" when he saw Soviet tanks as a child. He couldn't have – the Soviet army left Styria, the province Arnold grew up in, in 1945, two years before he was born.
Lie #2: Arnold also said in his speech: "As a kid, I saw the socialist country that Austria became after the Soviets left." Again, he couldn't have – Austria had conservative governments from 1945 until 1970, two years after Arnold immigrated to the United States.
But then, we already knew that Arnold knows from first-hand experience what it takes to be a bourgeois politician – lots of lies and a big smile.