20 APR 2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made a seamless transition from Hollywood film stardom to California governor, could have his sights set on a new job as next head of the European Union, US media reported.
The Austrian-born former bodybuilder, 63, at loose ends as he tries to figure out what his next act should be, reportedly is being advised by aides to return to his native Europe to run for the EU presidency, Newsweek reported.
'In the next few years, the EU will be looking for a much more high-profile president - somebody who can unify Europe,' Schwarzenegger's chief of staff Terry Tamminen told the magazine.
'The French won't want a German, and the Germans won't want an Italian. How about a European-born person who went off to America and could return to be the Washington or Jefferson of a new unified Europe?' said Tamminen, all but nominating his former boss for the job.
Schwarzenegger, who in January ended two terms as California's governor, occupies a unique place as an American celebrity who is as much a politician as he is a movie star.
When he ended his stint as California's Republican 'Governator,' observers were curious to see if the former action hero would return to the big screen or remain in the political fray.
Even now, Schwarzenegger has remained mum on the question of whether he'll pursue a career in politics or movies.
What is certain is that he will not be able to run for another political office he might like to vie for: US president. Under American law, only native born Americans can stand for the highest US office.
Still, Newsweek suggested that there are fans, both inside and outside America, who might not be averse to a US President 'Ahnold.'
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