I know you come here to get my insights into the looming federal debt ceiling crisis, but ... I keep getting distracted.
It was surprising when Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced that they were separating after 25 years of marriage, but luckily Arnold has a back-up familia already in place.
The LA Times, who broke the story last night, says Arnold had a relationship with a woman who worked for Arnold and Maria as a member of their household staff for 20 years. About 10 years ago they had a child, but the woman, who was also married at the time and whom the LA Times won’t name, kept working for the couple until this past January.
[From the LA Times:]
Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a longtime member of their household staff. ...
In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man — her then-husband — was the child’s father. ...
She said she voluntarily left her position with the couple earlier this year after reaching a longstanding goal of working for them for two decades. “I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire,” she said, adding she received a severance payment and “left on good terms with them.”
Schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for the child from the start and continued to provide support, according to a source.
Due to my awesome level of racism, I’m gonna assume this woman is Latin because it sounds like she was a maid. So if her husband was also Latin, he had to have a few questions. Like, why is our infant 4-feet tall with veins in his biceps?
Good question. I wonder why California's First Lady didn't ask it, either. (Actually, I would guess she had guessed, but like her in-law, Jackie Kennedy, Maria Shriver kept up a dignified front. That's old-fashioned classy. In the future, we'll probably see political wives going on the Maury Povich Show with their maids to find out the results of a DNA test in front of a studio audience.)
One of these days, I'll have to tell you the Maria Shriver-related story of the trick Arnold Schwarzenegger played on Sylvester Stallone one night in the mid 1980s that went on to derail Sly's career and make Arnold's.
T-Paw should leak some dirt on himself so I can remember who he is.
In other debt ceiling-related news, old iSteve philosophy phavorite Bernard Henri-Levy defends Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which, trust me, you owe it to yourself to read. Make sure to read it using an accent that's a cross between Pepe Le Pew and Daffy Duck.