Overheard on CNN.com: Reactions to Schwarzenegger affair
Arnold Schwarzenegger and his estranged wife, Maria Shriver.
May 17th, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Reactions to Schwarzenegger affair

Comment of the day:

"Maria just terminated the terminator and for good reason!" -runner15

Just another political philanderer?

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted having an affair and fathering a son with a member of his household staff more than 10 years ago. He and his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, announced last week that they were separating.

Schwarzenegger’s affair had CNN.com readers buzzing, mainly about politicians and infidelity.

eddantes said, "Another member of the Republican party of family values caught with his pants down. Hypocrites." Scottro72 responded, "Some John Edwards irony staring back at ya. And, may I remind you, Shriver is a Kennedy, of the Democrat clan, you think she'd be used to male infidelity in her family and inner circle." miamigrrrl said, "As usual, CNN comments miss the rather obvious mark. eddantes is not saying that Democrats don't cheat on their wives - he is pointing out the very simple fact that it is the Republican party that uses their fake religious morality like a hammer on everyone's head, while doing whatever they want in their own lives. The hypocrisy is stunning, but not surprising." But TVinOK said, "Infidelity is not a Democratic or Republican behavior, it is a human behavior. Those who try to make it partisan are misguided. And I'm a very liberal Democrat–but I don't blame Arnold's behavior on his political affiliation nor do I think that political affiliation has anything to do with infidelity."

Some readers brought up the issue of gay marriage, which Republicans generally oppose, citing a desire to uphold the sanctity of marriage.

Rodeo said, "And tell me again who we are protecting marriage from?" Maventi responded, "You know. Those darn gays. They have no respect for the sanctity of marriage AT ALL. Not like Republicans." And Mijan said, "That's it. No more straight marriage (particularly for Republicans). They're obviously incapable of upholding the sanctity of this institution. Until straight folks can start playing by their own rules, I hereby declare marriage open to gays only." toth88 said, "To be fair Schwarzenegger is fairly liberal for a Republican (he refused to defend Prop 8). I'm not defending his actions, but at least he isn't one of holier than thou types. He doesn't come off as one anyway."

Others said Schwarzenegger's infidelity can simply be blamed on his gender.

Guest said, "This has nothing to do with politics - it has to do with the fact that men can't keep their stinking pants zipped up!!" brizzolata said, "Always looking to point a finger...republican, democrat – who cares? The common denominator is MALE."

And finally, some readers said that there is at least one political couple they still admire:

Asklepios417 said, "President Obama and First Lady Michelle are to be commended for setting the perfect example of ideal family life."

Examining Osama's radicalism

Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of a London-based pan-Arab daily newspaper, author of "The Secret History of al Qaeda" and one of the 50 most influential Arabs according to Middle East magazine, spent three days with Osama bin Laden in 1996 and says he was astonished to watch him turn into a radical figure. In a column special to CNN.com, Atwan offers readers his thoughts about what led to the transformation.

Many people who commented appreciated the new perspective and were quick to point a finger at the United States' foreign policy as reason for bin Laden's radicalism.

my50cents said, "Here, take this gun. We will show u how to use it. Now kill those Russians, kill them all. Thank u for killing the Russians, since u are done now we will hunt u down and kill U. This reminds me of something similar; Here take these chemical weapons. Our intelligence says if u fire them now at these coörds, u will kill 10000 Iranians. Are you are done killing the Iranians? Now we gonna kill you because u have chemical weapons. And people still wonder why there are so many anti-US feelings in those regions." CNNComedy agreed: "When you victimize people then ignore them, you produce radicalization for generations. Period. Want to keep ignoring this truth? Live with terrorism. Seems easier to acknowledge the truth, be responsive, and do the right thing."

fred52 said, "He didn't hate Americans, he hated American foreign policy and what it did to helpless, innocent people in his part of the world." osamasmama responded, "How about...'I didn't like the teacher so I killed all the students but I had nothing against the innocent students' or 'I didn't like the parents so I killed all their children but it was nothing personal against the children?' "

chocofudge said, “No one is trying to excuse Osama. Osama undoubtedly was a monster, but he was not born a monster. Even though, in the end, Osama is entirely to blame for his horrendous acts, the factors mentioned before goaded him into his current state. A dragon setting fire to an entire town is horrible, but one must not forget the idiot who kept poking it as it slept."

Facing fuel facts

CNN.com weekly columnist LZ Granderson, who is also a senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com, addressed prices at the pump this week. In his column, he says Americans need to face reality and U.S. leaders need to address the country's future energy needs.

While most commenters agreed with him generally, there wasn't much consensus on what, precisely, should be done.

worm333 said, "I have always been for just nuclear power on a wider scale. All we have to do is avoid Japan's mistake and not place them in earthquake prone areas." rettiroen responded, "The whole US is earthquake prone. There is an enormous fault zone going down the middle of this country. If you want clean energy you're going to have to use combinations of wind, solar, and hydro. Nuclear can pick up the slack.”

bigsilk said, "We can pay $4 a gallon now, or $9 a gallon when production falls to 50 percent of what it is now, and then $20 a gallon when it falls to 25%. Or, we can start NOW to get as many electric and CNG cars on the road and watch the rest of the world duke it out over the last of the oil."

Techsupp0rt said, "An unmodified diesel engine can run on filtered hemp oil. Burns clean, and non-toxic. Also, unlike fossil fuels, it's very nutritious. Almost the entire country has suitable growing conditions. It's been used since before recorded time for all sorts of things.”

boxfan said, "Algae oil could free us from foreign dependency today, not tomorrow. But as long as we continue to vote either democrat or republican, it will never happen. Americans aren't just addicted to oil, they are addicted to political parties."

gunnyl said, "Hydrogen is the way of the future, not Battery Powered Electric!"

FartyButt said, "Electric cars aren't the answer ... yet. The plug-in cars draw their energy from power plants, which in a lot of cases are burning non-renewable fossil fuels. They don't solve them problem. They just move the problem out from under our noses so we can feel better about ourselves."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Magnus33

    Ok he cheated and unlike most he not making any excuses for it.
    But this seems more a mud sling brawl then a real discussion about it.

    Its politic this or religion that or males are pigs.

    Here a clue people its got nothing to to with any of the above and this is about a persons failing nothing more.
    Everyone so busy acting like kids they forgotten there are people actually hurt by this but have one of you even bother to talk about them?

    Both males and females cheat and there are some who never do so get over it.

    Why no show some respect and caring for the ones involved and let them all deal with it.

    Even Arnold said he deserved what ever you could through at him but his family didn't.

    He broke a vow and behaved like a pig yes but you all decided to behave like pigs with all this crap talk.

    Sheesh like watching kids argue.

    May 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Anne

      I agree. Women cheat just like the men. People either have respect for their families and themselves...or they don't. Apparently the Arnold thought he'd be young forever, and thought he could get away with whatever he wanted to. Now everything has fallen like dominoes. At 63 years old, he's going to have a lot of emotional problems due to the breakup of his marriage. He's not getting any younger. It can't be easy to deal with the pain he's admitted to causing his family. If he is just grousing around the house feeling overwhelmed by lonliness, then I pity the fool. Maria is a strong and very lovely woman; she will be fine. Arnold will not do well.

      May 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Juney

    FYI: When you do Another srory about the Schwarzeneggers, I change the station!

    May 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary Shepherd

    Does Arnold's production of two children within a few weeks change his name from the "Terminator" to the "Procreater"???? It should!!!!

    May 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Teresa

    I was married years ago to al charming, handsome, brilliant man. Ten years and 3 years later, I too discovered his numerous affairs. I gave this man my entire heart and he shreded it. Needless to say I left. Years later I meet a man I knew when we were teens, we were best friends back then. After several years of dating I married him. It's been 18 years now and he still has not cheated on me. He is a kind, wondeful, loving man. Some day I hope I can give him all of my heart. I just can't risk going through what I went through before. This is what happened to me. Good luck Maria, you will never love the same again.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PhoenixRising

    Many men *are* pigs.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ann

    Arnold's future?
    Forget politics. Forget Hollywood.
    Just put him out to stud.

    May 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ruthfassett

    for teresa youre not alone my husband of almost 25jhrs. has cheated on me 12 times that i know of he tells me is all youre fallt ruth because you dont give me you know what. i would leave him but i dont have any place or friends i could goe toe.good for you. ruth.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
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