Graz’s Fifth Gift to the World: Communist Ernest Kaltenegger & Conservative Arnold Schwarzenegger

Today Graz gives to the world two popular politicians:

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ernest Kaltenegger play a similar role in Graz, although they come from diametral different political background. Most people in Graz respect Arnold and Ernest, and they have an image of a “friendly great-uncle”.

So what did Schwarzenegger give to the world?
# As an actor Schwarzenegger was responsible for great movies like Terminator I,II and III, Hercules in New York (1970) or Twins

# Schwarzenegger has been Mr. Universe, and is now the Gouvernor of California.

# As a politician, Schwarzenegger is responsible for the death of a lot of criminals, because he didn’t use his opportunity to amnesty them.

And what did Kaltenegger give to the world?
# Kaltenegger is the main reason, why in Graz the Communist Party has made it to more than 20 % of votes.

# Since 1998, Kaltenegger donates more than half of his salary for social purposes. Every week, people can visit Kaltenegger in his office and ask for some money. Charity begins at home, that’s his motto.

# Ernest has not been working as an actor, as far as I know, but a German director made a Film on the “Kaltenegger-phenomenon”: It’s called Der Kommunist.

photo schwarzenegger by: Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library

2 Comments so far

  1. till (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

    Is Schwarzenegger really a gift? ;) Pretty brave of you!


  2. elle (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    I take great pride in making him your gift… I voted for him in California three years before I knew I would end up here, in Graz!

    Thanks to Californian’s election of Arnlod (through a recall election of all things) the U.S. is starting to consider having the courage to recall the president. Oooh! Ohhh! I’m going to vote for that – if I can, seeing that I’m an Austrian resident now.



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