The Governator spent his Friday afternoon with “two of the greatest Americans.”
“Had lunch with two of the greatest Americans. President Bush & Barbara have helped me, mentored me and inspired me to enter public service,” said the former California governor, who served from November 2003 to January 2011.
“Today my speech to the graduates at the University of Houston was all about the people who helped me and inspired me throughout my life – to show that I’m not a self-made man. Because when you acknowledge that you are the product of a lot of help, you will give back and help others,” Schwarzenegger wrote on Instagram. “I was so lucky afterward to have lunch with two of my greatest inspirations. President Bush and Barbara have always put this country first and it will always be my great honor to call them friends and mentors. They inspired me to enter public service.”
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In January, Bush was hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit for a bad bout of bronchitis and pneumonia. Within a week of being discharged, he was on the field at Super Bowl LI to make the coin toss.
For his university-wide address, the Austrian-American actor-turned-politician spoke about the importance of improving the lives of immigrants.
“America has proven to be the greatest country in the world where anyone can make it,” Schwarzenegger said. “This place has given me the opportunities step after step. Thank you, America, for the great thing you are doing for immigrants who are coming here.”
After his words of encouragement, Schwarzenegger concluded his speech with his famous taglines: “Hasta la vista, baby. I’ll be back.”