What It's Like to Eat Dinner With Arnold and His Housekeeper

One reporter relays his experience eating tacquitos in the governator's house

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As Arnold's love child scandal becomes a circus, we've been even more curious about the household dynamic in the Schwarzenegger mansion. After all, Mildred Baena, the reported mother of his love child, was also the housekeeper for over two decades. How did Maria Shriver, Arnold and Baena all act as they were sitting down for a typical weekday meal?

While we won't know the details until some glossy magazine publishes a damning profile, for now we've got a humorous little recollection from one reporter invited over for dinner with the Schwarzenegger clan in 2003. As Charlie LeDuff explains it for Detroit's Fox 2, he was pestering the newly minted Governor for some face time for an article but had been blown off. Feeling sorry for him, Arnold invited the writer over to dinner to watch the Golden Globes. With Maria Shriver hanging out in sweat pants and Baena sitting nearby after serving a plate of "warmed-over tacquitos" he and the Schwarzenegger's settled in to watch the Awards. Here's what happened:

On the television, a starlet pranced down the carpet. The bottom half of her dress looked like the bottom half of an ostrich. The top of the dress was nothing more than two straps criss-crossing her breasts. Schwarzenegger, fresh off his groping scandal -- and with an East Coast reporter sitting in his living room no less -- barked out: “Look at her! Some queer told her she looks good in that but her t--s look like s--t!”

That was Schwarzenegger in a snapshot. Funny. Assured. Raunchy. Self-destructive. Not only did he have a reporter mingling with his family, he had his nanny/mistress.

Yup: boob jokes in front of the reporter, mistress and wife. No wonder Maria Shriver hired divorce attorney Laura Wasser.

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