Schwarzenegger shows some swagger after emergency plane landing
Had this been a movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger would have taken the controls of the aircraft, launched a gritty attack on a group of terrorists, held on to a dangling Danny Devito by one finger thousands of feet above the LA skyline, all while balancing California's budget crisis before successfully landing the plane.
In real life, it wasn't so dramatic. But who are we fooling? We weren't on Schwarzenegger's plane when smoke in the cockpit forced his pilot to make a "quick, steep, but safe" emergency landing in Los Angeles last night.
That's plenty of drama. And in typical Schwarzenegger fashion, he reacted with some swagger after the emergency landing alerting his Twitter followers that everything was good.
"A little adventure just now when my plane made an emergency landing. All's ok, though," he said.
How many other other people would call the "quick and steep" emergency landing after smoke was reported in the aircraft "a little adventure"? And then think to use Twitter to tell everyone about it?
Schwarzenegger Press Secretary Aaron McLear told The Vote that it's just typical for the "Governator."
"The Governor loves to be able to communicate directly with the people so he tweets regularly," McLear said. "After his plane landed safely he wanted to share his little adventure with his Twitter followers. It shows how calm he was that his first thought was to tweet."
Not only did he tweet, but he took a photo of his plane and sent that out too.
McLear explained that the governor's jet was diverted from the Santa Monica airport to the airport in Van Nuys after smoke was reported. "There was no visible fire," he said. "Upon landing the Governor exited the jet and traveled to his house. The ... crew did an outstanding job and everyone aboard landed safely and unharmed."
California problems aside, Schwarzenegger got a taste of just how many supporters he has when literally thousands of people tweeted notes of encouragement back to him.
megoka: @Schwarzenegger OMG! That's the kind of adventure no one wants to experience. So glad to hear you all are safe and sound! It's a relief.
reversemonster: @Schwarzenegger glad you are ok. you have made the best movies sir. "Twins" is my fav.
meangreenebean: @Schwarzenegger my 10 year old son just adores you and we are all glad you and the others on the plane are all ok!
He took a few good-natured ribbings too. Like Gustavobernal who thought the governor could have come up with a better tweet. He suggested, "Hasta la vista baby" or "I'll be back" would be "much more cool."
Meanwhile Blackyoda said he can literally hear Schwarzenegger's comments on Twitter.
"I can't read your tweets with out using an austrian accent in my head...pretty trippy," he said.
Although we'll never claim to be as cool as the Governator, we'll try to send out swaggering tweets. So follow us on Twitter!